LaGuardia’s on-campus affordable childcare program, the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), was recently featured in the CUNY-TV series, Urban U. The Center was recently awarded $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education to expand support for student-parents.
“We serve children from ages 12 months to 12 years; and our programs have early morning and evening hours, as well as Saturday care options,” said Sonya Evariste (LaGuardia, Class of 1993), director of the ECLC. “We have early childhood, after-school programs, Saturday program, and summer camps. Having this program available allows LaGuardia students to concentrate on their studies, attend classes, pursue internships, and more, while knowing that their children are well-cared for, and nearby.”
“My kids have learned so much at the ECLC; they do swimming, field trips, and much more,” said Ebaneeka “Ramona” Wilkins-Kolkmeyer, age 29, a mechanical engineering major who is married with two young children. “It’s a wonderful, enriching environment. Since it’s on-campus and super affordable, I feel like there’s almost no reason for me to not go to school and better myself.”
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