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Congresswoman Visits RCC to Announce Childcare Funding Renewal

Congresswoman Visits RCC to Announce Childcare Funding Renewal

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (second from right) with RCC students Daniel Greeley and Leydi Flores, Campus Fun & Learn Director Andrea Bogin and Dr. Michael Baston, RCC President.

DATE: October 6, 2017
CONTACT: Paul Mencher
845-574-4549
pmencher@sunyrockland.edu

Rep. Lowey Announces Childcare Funds for RCC Student-Parents
federal grants help keep college education viable

 

RAMAPO – Some Rockland Community College students with children attending the College’s onsite Campus Fun & Learn Child Development Center are relieved they can continue their education thanks to a renewed federal program championed by Congresswoman Nita Lowey. The Congresswoman came to RCC Friday to announce $81,983 in federal funding that will allow low-income students to offset their on-campus childcare expenses this year while they pursue their education.

Congresswoman Lowey said she had to fight to maintain funding for Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) for this year. She called CCAMPIS a crucial program that keeps college affordable for many parents.

“This will allow parents to attend class, complete their studies, and enter the workforce more quickly and with less debt, which increases their earnings and stimulates our local economy,” Lowey said. “I am so pleased to announce continued federal investment in RCC’s childcare initiative.”

Dr. Michael A. Baston, President of Rockland Community College, said, “We are very appreciative to receive a renewal of the grant. Our students who have children in daycare can advance their education and their careers knowing their children are receiving high-quality care right on our campus.”

Andrea Bogin, Director of the Campus Fun & Learn Child Development Center, said the CCAMPIS grant allows a “two-generation approach” to education at RCC. “Student-parents have the opportunity to create a positive cycle of change for themselves and their families, while knowing their children are receiving a high-quality, early childhood education," she said.

Bogin says more than half of the youngsters who attend Campus Fun & Learn are children of RCC students. Congresswoman Lowey visited with some of those children inside the Theresa Morahan Simmons Center for Children and Families, which houses Campus Fun & Learn. She also met with RCC student-parents who benefit from the CCAMPIS subsidies.

“While pursuing my education, I also have the peace of mind that my child is in an amazing program at Campus Fun and Learn,” said Leydi Flores, an RCC Nursing student. “I am so grateful for the opportunities that the CCAMPIS grant and Campus Fun and Learn have provided for us both."

Added Daniel Greeley, another RCC Nursing student, “Campus Fun and Learn has allowed my children to grow as individuals. Without the CCAMPIS grant, none of this would be possible."

For more information about RCC’s childcare programs, visit www.sunyrockland.edu/go/childcare or www.campusfunandlearn.org. To learn more about CCAMPIS grants, click on www2.ed.gov/programs/campisp/index.html.