LaGuardia Community College has been awarded a four-year $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will enable the college to expand support for student-parents.
The grant, from the federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program, will enable the College to increase the number of children served by LaGuardia’s on-campus subsidized daycare, the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), by 20 percent—from 219 to upwards of 263 children. As well, the ECLC is establishing a program to address the emotional and mental health of parents, and providing subsidies for the lowest income student-parents.
“I could not imagine dropping off my son somewhere, and then coming to LaGuardia,” said LaGuardia student Tracy Mingo, a 35-year-old single mom. “Here, it’s a one-stop shop. Knowing my son is nearby gives me so much comfort.”
The grant is part of nearly $6 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to six CUNY campuses, including LaGuardia, to support on-campus child care centers.
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