It is estimated that 20 students at Quincy College will receive free child care this semester thanks to a federal grant given to the college by the US Department of Education to help low-income students who are parents.
The college plans to expand the program over the next two years, according to spokesperson Scott Pickard. The school will receive $ 285,000 during this period of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, he said.
“Accessible, convenient, and high-quality child care can make the difference in our students’ ability to pursue their educational goals,” Quincy College President Richard DeCristofaro said in a press release. “This scholarship represents a creative solution to a problem that too often forces students to choose between their studies and their families.
Eligible Quincy College students will be able to send their children to the South Shore YMCA daycare or the Wollaston Child Care Center, two state-certified programs in Quincy, said Pickard.
Children must be between 2.9 and 5 years old, although Pickard said the plan is to expand eligibility to young children and those attending after-school programs.
More information and applications are available from Quincy College.
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