Children's Campus Receives CCAMPIS Funding
October 29, 2018 - Dorene DiNaro
When we’re young, many of us dream of growing up, going to college, starting a family, and succeeding in our chosen careers. For many of us, however, the only certain part of that scenario is the growing up part. Luckily for student parents at The University of New Mexico, the other parts—especially the going to college and family parts - are also manageable.
"Student parents represent approximately one in four students on college campuses nationwide or over 6,000 students on UNM’s main campus alone,” says Daniela Baca, Director, UNM Children’s Campus. Because of a heavy course load or non-traditional course schedules, many student parents don’t need full-time care for their children, but instead only need drop-in or evening care options.
Currently, the UNM Children’s Campus provides UNM’s student parents with a high quality early childhood experience through various all-day child care and also evening and drop-in care options through the Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) program. And thanks to a newly re-awarded U.S. Department of Education CCAMPIS $1.8M grant, the UNM Children’s Campus will continue to do so for the next four years.
“The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program enables the Children’s Campus to provide a variety of services that directly support the recruitment, retention and graduation of student parents at UNM” Baca says. “These resources help student parents overcome many of the barriers they encounter when pursuing a college education and are critical to supporting their future educational success and ultimately have a positive impact on a student family’s long term economic security.”
This funding enables drop-in and evening care services Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for student parents while they are in classes, studying, or meeting with professors. The program also includes additional resources such as student parent discounts, a dedicated student parent study space, family engagement opportunities, access to a toy and resource lending library, organized study nights with free childcare, and support of UNM’s Chartered Student Parent Organization, the Lobo Parenting Cubs.
Akil Andrews, a UNM student working toward a doctoral degree in computer science, values the UNM Children’s Campus CCAMPIS program and the access it gives to quality, affordable early childhood care and education. “Without it, it would be difficult for student parents like myself to successfully complete and achieve our education dreams,” Andrews says. “And such dreams are not only transformative for us as individuals but also for our family. I am happy that the UNM Children’s Campus can make this dream a possibility for my family and me.”
The UNM Children’s Campus is a nationally recognized program that has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Early Childhood Program Accreditation and The Children, Youth and Families Department’s AIM High Program, providing the children of UNM’s student, staff, and faculty parents with a high quality early childhood experience.
The Campus is a site for UNM student and faculty research, observation, and practicum. For more information on the UNM Children’s Campus, please visit their website at childcare.unm.edu.