BCC TO OFFER EVENING CHILD CARE FOR STUDENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN

The Program for Two to Five-Year-Olds
Made Possible by $1.4 Million in Federal Funding

OCTOBER 4, 2018 – Beginning next year, Bronx Community College (BCC) will introduce on-campus child care for students attending evening classes, thanks to a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

BCC’s accredited Early Childhood Center currently offers child care and preschool programs to 100 children, ages 2-5, while their parents attend classes during the day. The federal Child Care Access Mean Parents in School program (CCAMPIS) will enable 160 preschoolers whose mothers and fathers take classes in the evening to enjoy that same professional child care after hours.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded BCC nearly $1.4 million in CCAMPIS funding over the next four years. Once launched, on-campus child care hours will extend until 10 p.m. each spring and fall semester.

“More than half of all BCC students work while attending classes, and 55% have children under the age of five,” observes BCC president Thomas A. Isekenegbe. “Their ability to access high-quality child care gives them peace of mind and the support they need to pursue their studies.”

BCC’s Department of Institutional Research has found that student parents who use the College’s on-campus Early Childhood Center are twice as likely to stay in school and graduate than other students.

“BCC is at the forefront of providing safe, innovative and progressive learning experiences for children,” says Jitinder “Judy” Walia, Executive Director of the BCC Early Childhood Center. “Evening child care will provide convenience to working and nontraditional students, flexibility in scheduling required classes and more options for carrying the full course load needed for graduation.”

For further information, contact Ms. Walia at jitinder.walia@bcc.cuny.edu or call the Early Childhood Center at 718-289-5461.