Child Care Supports

Whether your college is just beginning the planning process for offering child care supports on campus, or simply wants to keep up-to-date on current best practices, you will find helpful resources below. These resources cover a range of child care supports, including assisting students with applying for government funding for child care; offering referral services to help guide students to quality and affordable child care options; providing supplemental child care like back-up or evening hours care; to fulltime child development centers. Additionally, guidance is given for funding child care supports like coop programs, leveraging Early Childhood Education interns, partnering with government agencies and community organizations such as Head Start, applying for student-based grants like child care vouchers, as well as institutional grants like Child Care Means Parents in College (CCAMPUS). Partner with your institution's Grants and Development Office for technical assistance.

A Model for Developing a Parent Resource Center on Campus

This scholarly journal article describes establishing a Parent Resource Center on Western Michigan University's campus. The project was funded by the Child Care Means Parents in College (CCAMPUS) federal grant and leveraged Early Childhood Education interns to staff the program.
Fails Nelson, R. (2007). A model for developing a parent resource center on campus. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher
             Education, 28(3), 243-249.

Child Care Means Parents in College (CCAMPUS)

CCAMPUS is a federal program designed to support low-income parenting students' college access and success through childcare. Funds are used to support or establish campus-based child care programs. Grants may be used for before- and after-school services. In addition, grants may be used to serve the child care needs of the community served by the institution. This site contains information on eligibility, applying, and current funding status.

Community-Based Childcare Needs Assessment:

A Study of Campus-Based Child Care Business Plans

This dissertation analyzes the demand for child care services at a community college campus in Virginia and describes the demonstrated benefits of a campus based child care center at existing institutions and the features of the business plans that successfully created them. The document includes information on community partnering, lab schools, funding options, examples at 2 and 4-year institutions, and insight into business planning for childcare on campus.
Ludlow, K.A. (2011). Community-based childcare needs assessment: A study of campus-based child care business plans
           (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3451942). 

Institute for Women's Policy Research

The Institute for Women's Policy Research's Bridging Systems for Family Economic Mobility report outlines various types of campus child care support, as well as securing funding for those resources. The report includes child care referral systems, campus based childcare, Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPUS) funding, Head Start partnerships, state-wide collaborations, leveraging Early Childhood Development students, and more.
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National Coalition of Campus Children's Centers

The National Coalition of Campus Children's Centers' Varieties of Child Care report contains description and examples of different types of childcare supports offered by colleges and universities, including child development centers; family child care; resources and referrals; vouchers and scholarships; and collaborations.
The National Coalition of Campus Children's Centers' Financing Child Care for College Student Success report outlines various types of funds that can be leveraged to provide students with child care assistance, including federal, state, local, institutional, and private funding.

The Aspen Institute's Ascend Initiative

Ascend focuses on two-generational models and practices that move both parents and their children toward educational success and economic security. Examples of postsecondary education or workforce development programs explored by Ascend that encompass childcare include the Nurse Family Partnership program and Los Angeles Valley College's Family Resource Center.

University of Wisconsin System: Green Bay Campus

This site contains the business plan and appendices drafted by the Childcare Alliance for a Children's Center on the University of Wisconsin System's Green Bay Campus. The business plan and appendices include demonstration of needs, financial plans, and action items.

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