Child Care Grants

The Child Care Grant program was established during the 1999-2000 legislative session to address the need for quality, accessible child care at the public higher education institutions. Funding has been consistent at $75,000 per year, except in 2010-2011 when the program was temporarily suspended.

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges administers the grant for the public two-year institutions. All grants are awarded for a period not exceeding two years and must be used to provide high quality, accessible, and affordable child care for students with children. 

Participating institutions must match the state grant with a minimum of a dollar-for-dollar match of funds by the institutional administration and/or student government association (or its equivalent).

The scope of work performed varies by institution, and is tailored to meet the needs of the specific student parent population at each institution. Examples include:

  • Child care vouchers or waiver of fees for on- and off-campus day care
  • Subsidy reducing the cost of child care
  • Staffing to provide parents with child care for evening classes or uninterrupted study time
  • Wages for work study students to provide child care at the on-campus centers
  • Targeting of child care assistance to special populations, such as military veterans
  • Professional development opportunities for on-campus care providers to improve the pre-school curriculum

For the state, the grant improves probability that parents will remain in school, enhancing completion of degree program. Educated citizens contribute significantly to the state’s economy.

For students, the grant reduces child care costs, thereby reducing student debt and allows more students to attend full-time, removing potential barriers to degree completion.

Note: Students and parents can find more information about paying for college at our partner site: Ready, Set, Grad.