NSU Receives Federal Grant To Offer Affordable Child Care To Broken Arrow Students | News

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BROKEN ARROW – Northeastern State University will receive more than $ 500,000 in federal funding over the next four years to provide affordable, on-campus child care to NSU Broken Arrow students.

The US Department of Education has awarded the NSU Broken Arrow campus a grant of $ 135,755 per year over four years as part of its Access to Child Care Program for Parents in School – CCAMPIS – to create the Little Rowdy child care center.

College of Education Associate Dean Dr. Lisa Bisogno said all NSU Broken Arrow students are eligible to take advantage of on-campus child care for a fee, adding that students in the CCAMPIS program may be eligible to receive the services free of charge or at a reduced rate depending on their expected family contribution.

The Little Rowdy Child Care Center (named after the NSU mascot) and the CCAMPIS program will allow students with a work schedule to attend the night classes needed to graduate without having to miss time. work because of childcare or financial burdens, ”Bisogno said. “There are various reasons why students can’t graduate, and finding child care is often the most common reason. “

Bisogno said the Little Rowdy Child Care Center will be a walk-in child care service for children aged eight weeks to 8 years old for a maximum of three hours per day. She said most classes offered on the Broken Arrow campus are two hours and 40 minutes long.

The plan is to offer this service Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters during the peak hours of the day. Officials also plan to accept a maximum of 150 children, with those in the CCAMPIS program having priority.

Students interested in participating in the CCAMPIS program must be eligible for the Pell Scholarship and submit a Free Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for the academic year. The CCAMPIS program also offers additional services for children, such as one-to-one reading and / or math lessons available at Broken Arrow at the literacy and math centers on campus. Students enrolled in early childhood education, elementary education, and special education teacher preparation programs will also gain valuable immersive learning experiences through the Little Rowdy Child Care Center.

The grant also provides funding for the Brightwheel childcare software application which will be used to register children in the center and provide updates to parents through the app.

Bisogno said students attending classes on the Broken Arrow campus have been asking for child care for years. Over half of the Broken Arrow campus student population works full time, has children, or both.

“Considering that the majority of classes on BA’s campus are offered in the evenings, daycares and daycares are often closed, leaving students to scramble to find daycare during their evening classes,” Bisogno said. “Our daycare grant application received letters of community support from the Mayor of Broken Arrow and the BA Chamber of Commerce. With the support of the community, grants like CCAMPIS remove barriers for parents, making it easier to graduate and therefore have a positive impact on the community ”

Bisogno said the campus is in the process of recruiting and hiring staff to operate the center, including a full-time director and contact details on how to apply for Little Rowdy child care services will be announced at a later date.

NSU officials plan to open the center in mid-spring 2022 and no later than fall 2022.

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