West Virginia Universitys Child Development and Family Support Services has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program.

The grant will provide WVU $128,686 in the first year for a total of more than $428,000 over a four-year period, contingent on available federal funds.

This is the second time the University has been awarded a CCAMPIS grant. With the renewal of the federal grant, WVU Child Development and Family Support Services has secured close to $1 million over an eight-year project period to support the participation of low-income parents through the provision of child care services.

WVU is committed to student-centeredness,Vice President for Student Affairs Ken Gray said.This grantwhich was written and will be overseen by Leslie Haning, director of Child Development and Family Support Servicesunderscores her dedication to providing the best services available for student parents.

According to Haning, the program has four objectives:

  • To establish new child care programs to serve the needs of low-income student parents.
  • To continue existing CCAMPIS funding for the WVU Child Development and Family Support Services office to disseminate information on child care services and assistance programs.
  • To continue existing CCAMPIS funding for the Student Child Care Assistance Program.
  • To continue existing CCAMPIS funding to support the parent resource center that serves as a support system for low-income student parents to reduce family conflict, stress and risk factors.

The funding is a significant contribution that will support the University in moving forward with the multi-phase plan to address the child care needs of our campus,Haning said.The need for affordable high-quality child care is an ongoing concern for all families and especially for our students who are parents.

Gray added,Addressing child care needs has been an important goal of our Student Government Administration, and we know they are also pleased we have this additional funding that will allow us to continue to address those needs.

The Office for Child Development and Family Support Services is housed on the first floor of Purinton House on WVU s Downtown Campus and serves as a coordination point for current or potential WVU students seeking child care information.

Programs and services include the following:

  • WVU Student Child Care Assistance Program (eligible student parents are reimbursed for a portion of child care expenses)
  • Family-friendly room for nursing mothers
  • Student Recreation Center drop-in child care service
  • Comprehensive list of licensed area child care centers and tips for finding the right child care provider
  • Lunchn Learn Parent Education training/events
  • Parent resource room, lending library and lounge designed to promote positive parenting
  • Web site and listserv for student parents
  • Family consultations and outreach programs
  • Bulletin boards for sharing family and community information and needs
  • Early childhood literacy enrichment
  • Financial aid (Child Development and Family Support Services partners with community agencies in referrals for additional state subsidies and programs)

The Child Development and Family Support Services has collaborated with other University departments and community agencies. WVU students have benefited from participating in a number of special events: a community baby shower at Mountaineer Mall, ice cream socials and pool parties, family fun trips to amusement parks, Moms Turn to Learn and more.

Student parents are encouraged to e-mail childcare@mail.wvu.edu so they can be added to a listserv for program and service updatesand visit the Child Development and Family Support Services Web site atwww.sa.wvu.edu/childcare.