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On Campus Childcare At COCC
Transcript of On Campus Childcare At COCC
Presented by Rachel Watkins
for the COCC Board of Directors
"The typical college student is no longer an 18-year-old high school graduate. Increasingly, nontraditional students--older, with children and various job and life experiences--are filling the ranks of college classes. These students recognize the importance of college to future success.
But these students face new barriers unheard of in earlier times. Many are parents and must provide for their children while in school. Campus-based child care is a vital necessity for parents attending college."
Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn)
Co-sponser of the Campus Child Care Bill S.1151
Campus Child Care
Helps student parents stay in school, graduate and find employment.
Helps children develop, and succeed in school and later life.
Success of parents and their children leads to powerful economic benefits for society.
One-quarter of undergraduate students
Have family incomes below the federal poverty level.
Working full or part time while enrolled.
Two in five student parents were likely to withdraw from college.
Costs of Child Care
In 2010, the average cost for a year of child care in the US was about $7000 for a four-year-old and $9000 for an infant.
For a person that was working a full time job at $8 an hour, this would be 40 percent of their pre-tax income.
Reasons for Campus Childcare
- Increase student retention and completion rates.
- Campuses that recognize and address the needs of students provide on-campus services, such as campus child care, to support their learning.
- Subsidized campus child care assists students in accessing affordable care.
Reasons for Campus Child Care
Curriculum's such as nursing or psychology, to use concepts from their studies.
- Emphasis on learning and opportunity.
- Meaningful work study jobs as well as a facility for career exploration.
Social Network For Student Parents
- Student parents can offer each other support. The campus child care center can also support parents by understanding their stressful situation of balancing parenting and study.
Types of Campus Child Care Centers
The single center is the most common form of campus child care.
One classroom to as many as twelve or more
10 children to as many as 300 children
Occupy their own independent spaces, or renovated or re purposed spaces
Can enroll children from infancy through kindergarten
Practice in a quality-controlled setting.
Many larger campuses offer multiple center-based programs. These are similar in structure to the single center.
One of the greatest challenges that campus child care centers face is funding.
Sources of funding may include:
Child care tuition and fees
The federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School program (CCAMPIS)
Direct institutional support
State higher education child care funding
Earmarked student activity fees
Support from faculty/student associations and/or student governments
The federal Health and Human Services Child Care and Development Fund
Individual and corporate contributions
Interview with Kurt Killinger
ASCOCC Director of Legislative Affairs
Helped Jason Conger's office develop a statewide child care bill, SB 4084, that would allocate 2 million for a grant program.
Alternative to SB 4084 that both the house and senate are in agreement with at this point.
The alternative would allow students to qualify for the 6.4 million dollars for child care through a DHS employment related daycare program.
A committee consisting of Board members, Early Childhood Education Department members, ASCOCC members and some COCC student parents. (Also any other people that COCC administration feels should be involved)
Do we have space that could be used for a center or would new construction be our best option?
Apply for local, state, and federal subsidies, and grants.
Investigate community sponsors and support.
An annual campaign or fundraiser targeting alumni.
Start developing plans that could have childcare staff supervise student field work.
Contact Lane Community College about their cooperative program and possibly use as a model for COCC.
What is it going to take to support our student parent population and better our community!
Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon
-Campus Cooperative program:
The Goal: Keep students attending classes
Exclusively serves students
Run by The Associated Students of Lane County Community College with a coordinator, five paid caregivers, and a varying number of work-study students and parent volunteers
Children ages 30 months thru 5 years
Most paying $75 per week
Can have a 6 to 8 month wait
Lane's Child Development Center:
Up to 68 children of Lane students, faculty and community.
Providing training to the college's early childhood development program
Full-time director, office support, and nine full-time teachers
$135 per week