Merced College said it’s been awarded a U.S. Department of Education grant to provide support for the college's Child Development Center.
Rep. Dennis Cardoza's office made the announcement.
The four-year "Child Care Access Means Parents in School" (CCAMPIS) grant will provide almost $320,000 to support the center's continuing program of providing child care services to low-income families striving to attain postsecondary education, the college said in a news release.
"The project will support and increase the capacity for infant and toddler care services for parents who are attending Merced College," said Cherie Davis, the college's director of Grants Development and Institutional Research.
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The CCAMPIS grant program is authorized through the Higher Education Act of 1965.
The Merced College Development Center was established 30 years ago and is accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children. The center provides child care and early childhood education to 150 children ages 3 months to 5 years and includes regular health and developmental screenings and intervention services.