Is Enough Enough

From the Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program

The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year 2017 for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 84.335A.

Purpose of Program: The CCAMPIS Program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through provision of campus-based child care services.

Absolute Priority 1: Projects that are designed to leverage significant local or institutional resources, including in-kind contributions, to support the activities assisted under section 419N of the HEA.

Absolute Priority 2: Projects that are designed to utilize a sliding fee scale for child care services provided under section 419N of the HEA in order to support a high number of low-income parents pursuing postsecondary education at the institution.

Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

Estimated Available Funds: $8,549,000.

Estimated Range of Awards: $10,000 to $375,000.

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $118,730.

Estimated Number of Awards: 72.

Eligible Applicants: Any institution of higher education that during FY 2016 awarded a total of $350,000 or more of Federal Pell Grant funds to students enrolled at the institution. Institutions that currently have a CCAMPIS Program grant with a project ending in 2017 or 2018 are eligible to apply for a new grant during this FY 2017 competition.

The highest full time market rate for day care in the State is:
WEEKLY $371
PART-DAY $40
DAILY $60.00
HOURLY $17.00

Minimum wage is New York State is $10.50 per hour, $6.50 less than the cost of child care.

The federal government has colleges competing for funds to provide child care to low income parents who wish to obtain a college degree. This should not be a competition for funding, this should be available to all higher education institutions in an effort to alleviate poverty.

The high cost of day care makes it easier to remain on Social Services than to attend college or gain employment.

Single parent households make up the largest group of impoverished individuals. They remain in this condition because day care is expensive and the care given is questionable at the low-income level.

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