WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced she helped deliver more than $450,000 for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to expand access to child care for student parents. The funding, from the 2023 annual funding legislation, which Senator Baldwin supported, will support or establish high-quality, campus-based child care programs to meet the needs of student parents enrolled on their campus.
“When Wisconsin families cannot find child care, it prevents parents from entering the workforce and going back to school,” said Senator Baldwin. “An investment in child care at our higher education institutions will help more Wisconsinites get the skills they need to participate fully in our economy and meet the growing demand Made in Wisconsin businesses have for workers. I am proud to support this investment for Blugold students and parents in Western Wisconsin that will strengthen the pipeline of new talent entering our workforce.”
Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grants are provided to institutions of higher education by the federal government to support or establish campus-based child care services that primarily serve the needs of low-income students. More than one in five students are parents and 42% of all student parents attend community colleges. High-quality child care provides benefits to children, their parents, and the economy at large.
With the grant, fees for child care services will be significantly reduced for student parents, in addition to reducing students’ day care bills and hiring the family service specialist, grant funds will be used for training and development, first-year expansion costs and hiring teachers, especially in younger age groups.