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BHCC Receives $484,000 Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to announce an award of $484,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for a Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program. The grant will provide financial assistance for child care services, to serve the needs of low-income students enrolled at BHCC.

CCAMPIS provides subsidies to reduce the barrier of child care costs for an estimated 44 full- and part-time students each academic year. These subsidies will improve students’ retention and completion rates at BHCC, and obtaining a degree or credential will likely have a lifelong, positive economic impact on participating families.

BHCC has partnered with Child Care Choices of Boston (CCCB) to assist eligible students to connect with child care providers that meet their needs, and to offer support and guidance to families and child care providers, while advocating affordable, quality, and culturally competent childcare in the larger community.

“We are looking forward to this partnership with Bunker Hill Community College made possible by the U.S. Department of Education,” said Director of Child Care Choices of Boston, Kelly M. Graceffa. “Reliable, local and affordable childcare is instrumental in helping student parents focus on completing their studies and improving life for themselves and their children.”

The BHCC CCAMPIS program has been designed to serve student parents with financial needs using a three-level, sliding-fee scale assistance program. Priority will be given to Pell-eligible single parents taking at least six credits and having a low Expected Family Contribution (EFC as per FAFSA).

Through this grant award and BHCC’s partnership with Child Care Choices of Boston, students can access child care close to home to accommodate their work or class schedule,” said Will Cribby, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at BHCC. “Reducing the burden of child care costs will help our students overcome obstacles to completing or advancing their education.”

For more information and application, please visit the website: bhcc.edu/ccampis

About Child Care Choices of Boston (CCCB)
CCCB offers support, resources, technical assistance, training, and childcare expertise to families and childcare providers while being an advocate for affordable, quality, and culturally competent child care in the larger community. One of the state’s regional Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&R), it serves families in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop. CCCB is a program of ABCD – Action for Boston Community Development — Greater Boston’s leading antipoverty agency. Through some 75 programs designed to empower underserved children, adults, elders, and families, ABCD provides the knowledge, skills, and access to opportunities they need to transition from crisis to stability and from stability to success. Learn more at cccboston.org.

Child Care Choices of Boston Media Contact:
Jamie McIver, Associate Director, Media Relations and Content
ABCD Communications Department

Media Contact:
Brendan P. Hughes, Director of Public Relations
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 02129
Phone: 646-245-0112; Email: brendan.hughes@bhcc.edu

About Bunker Hill Community College
Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 18,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, and a number of other locations throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 600 international students who come from 94 countries and speak more than 75 languages.