Bi-Partisan Child Care Program That Supports Parents in College Introduced

July 28, 2017
parent in college graduation cap and gown Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Representatives Katharine Clark (D-MA) and Don Young (R-AK) just introduced the "Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) Improvement Act of 2017."

CCAMPIS is the only federal program that supports child care services for low-income parents in college, and services are provided year-round. According to numerous studies, the number of parents attending college has grown significantly over the last 15 years and many colleges eliminated child care services, leaving parents with the burden of trying to find safe, quality care while balancing their course schedule.

The CCAMPIS Act of 2017 would:

  • Permanently reauthorize the CCAMPIS program and increases funding to $67 million annually;
  • Require the Department of Education to work with stakeholders to review the annual performance report to ensure they are informative but not over-burdensome;
  • Require the Office of Post-Secondary Education at the Department of Education to report to Congress a year after enactment about how the Department can better serve student parents.

This program is authorized under the "Higher Education Act," and CCAMPIS funds about 85 programs annually on a $15 million appropriation. In FY 2018, both the President and the House Appropriations Committee proposed eliminating this program.

Child Care Aware® of America proudly endorses this legislation.

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Topics: Systems Building, Policy & Advocacy

Chrisi West

Written by Chrisi West

Chrisi has more than 11 years of experience in advocacy (grassroots and digital) through her work for nonprofits, and on candidate and issues organizing campaigns in Virginia and at the national level. She joined Child Care Aware of America in March 2015 and has supported the work of Child Care Aware of America on communications, digital organizing, and now as the director of advocacy, empowering CCR&Rs and family advocates to take action on child care and early childhood education.