UH Moment

UH Moment: Department of Education Awards $2.2 M Support for Low-Income Student Parents

“It is making quality care affordable and accessible.”

Attending college while raising a child can be difficult. A grant from the Department of Education to the University of Houston Children’s Learning Centers will make things a little easier for UH students who are also parents.

“It is making quality care affordable and accessible because we are right here on campus,” said Jennifer Skopal, director of the UH Children’s Learning Centers.

The four-year award from the Federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) will support up to 60 percent of tuition costs for children at the university’s child care centers.

“They do not have to decide, do I go to school, do I work, or do I find part-time care that is not going to work for me being a full-time student,” Skopal said.

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, affordable, quality child care is crucial to postsecondary success for the nearly 5 million undergraduate students nationwide raising dependent children.

“It is really important for college campuses to be able to support them so they can have their children at the center while they are pursuing their college degree,” Skopal said.