Frederick Community College officials say they try to find ways to help their students overcome any barriers they might have when it comes to their education.
“We know for students who are also parents can be a major barrier,” said FCC Communications Coordinator, Caroline Cole.
Cole says they’ve gotten a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program. It will give students who are parents access to affordable on-campus child care.
“It will provide a voucher to be used at our children’s center on campus, and it could be used for any semester,” added Cole.
Officials say the grant is worth more than $164,000 over the next four years.
“The voucher could cover the entire semester, or it could cover part of the semester it just depends on the students financial standing… but they will apply every semester, they can apply for as many semesters as they would like,” said Cole. “It would be a voucher they give one time to the children’s center to cover that semester.”
The on-campus child care center cares for children as young as six weeks up to five years old, and they have evening child care as well .
“The evening child care is something that’s new, and I think that’s unique.. I don’t think a lot of day care centers offer evening child care because parents often take classes at night,” Cole said.
FCC officials say the evening childcare is for children up to 11 years old.
For more information, email Teri Bickel, Director of the Carl and Norma Miller Children’s Center at FCC, or call 301.846.2612.