Center of Excellence In Early Childhood Learning and Development faculty Dr. Kimberly Hale (PI) and Beth Huber (Project Director) have been awarded the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant in the amount of $786,592 by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education.
This award is one of four Tennessee higher education institutions selected to receive
CCAMPIS grant funds. These funds will provide tuition assistance for undergraduate
students in need of child care at Little Buccaneers Early Childhood Laboratory program.
The grant also funds two full time (10-month) bachelor degree level teachers for the
Little Bucs Childcare program in order to address students’ need for child care. Master
of Social Work graduate student Shawna Burrow has been assigned to provide specialized
support services and resource linkage to program participants.
The CCAmpis grant will allow Little Bucs to:
- Provide much needed high-quality, affordable childcare to our most vulnerable student populations including students with the most financial need, minorities, veterans, and international students by offsetting childcare costs through a sliding-scale tuition assistance program.
- Expand the center's capacity through the addition of two full time teachers, creating more available spots for children to be served.
- Offer specialized support to student families by providing resource linkage to other campus and community services. as well as sponsoring workshops, classes, and events focused on topics important to student families.
- Create a significant financial savings opportunity for students participating in this program as they can save as much as 53% when compared to standard childcare costs in the region.
- Promote the educational success of our students who are struggling to balance the demands of their academic and parental roles by providing childcare services and family support aimed at reducing barriers and enhancing opportunities for achievement.
For more information see www.benefits.gov/benefit/896