The IUP Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program has received funding from the Ministry of Education.
Funding of over $ 600,000 will allow the program to continue until at least 2025.
The funding provides services to student parents of IUP with the goal of helping these students graduate.
“CCAMPIS, authorized by the Higher Education Act, is designed to help low-income student parents stay in school and graduate,” said Michelle Fryling, executive director of media relations of the IUP.
The program offers a variety of services to student parents.
“This program provides up to 40 hours of child care, including before and after school, in nationally approved child care centers, covering up to 60 to 90 percent of child care costs,” Fryling said. “The program also offers mentoring, including a review of academic progress and coaching for parents.
“The program team helps participants connect with university and community resources and also works with student parents to monitor their child’s development. Student parents also participate in parenting support workshops.
While the program directly assists student parents, the CCAMPIS program also enables IUP to provide support and resources to these students in several ways.
“In addition to assisting student-parents,” said Frying, “the program also employs IUP students to assist them with administrative tasks, data collection, mentoring student-parents, and providing training. workshops for parents. “
Students can qualify for the program based on a list of criteria.
“To be eligible, student parents must be enrolled in at least six study credits, be eligible for the Pell scholarship, or have an annual family income equal to or less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Guideline,” said said Fryling.
The program is open to students enrolled in undergraduate or masters courses.
Students can apply to the program online or in person.
“The application is published on our website (https://www.iup.edu/hdes/ccampis/), ”Said Dr Kalani Palmer, Associate Professor of Professional Studies in Education and Director of CCAMPIS.
“They submit the completed application and additional documents to the program email [email protected] They can also submit paper documents to Davis Hall 329. “
The primary objective of the program is to give student parents the chance to succeed during their college studies.
“The program provides institutional support to student parents,” said Palmer. “Our program makes student parents feel welcome at IUP.
“We also check in frequently and connect them with resources that help them continue their education while taking care of themselves and their families. “
Student-parents may face issues that other students may not be faced with.
Palmer said some of these issues include “finding time to study, managing responsibilities, finding classes that don’t conflict with their work schedule or that arise during times when they have care available,” [and] develop a sense of belonging and connection to the university.
Palmer knows how difficult getting a college degree can be when you have a child, because it is a situation she has faced herself.
“When I was a student at Temple University, I got pregnant from [my] oldest son, ”said Palmer.
“I returned to Pittsburgh and with the support of my family, friends and a program called Mom’s House (now known as Angel’s Place https://www.angelsplace.com/), I was able to complete my undergraduate degree at Carlow University [in Pittsburgh].
“A lot of people thought having a child would prevent my degree from graduating. It isn’t and getting my degree is one of the best things I could have done for myself and my child. “
Palmer shared some tips for students who are struggling to balance their responsibilities as a parent and a student.
“Contact CCAMPIS at IUP, we can put you in touch with the resources available and we will support you throughout your journey from the time you apply until the day you graduate,” said Palmer. .
The program and its mission are part of the IUP’s objective of supporting all students throughout their academic career.
“Anything we can do to meet our students where they are and their needs so that they can successfully complete their education is meeting our goals of being student-centered,” said Fryling.
“This program provides nationally accredited care and education for the children of students in the program, allowing student parents to focus more on their academic journey and success.”
Students can learn more about the CCAMPIS program by visiting https://www.iup.edu/hdes/ccampis/.