For the first time, Allan Hancock College will offer evening child care for student-parents during the summer session. The college will launch the Child Care Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Children’s Center Twilight program on the Santa Maria campus starting June 16. The services will run Monday through Thursday from 5:45 to 9:15 p.m. Funding to provide the new on-campus service at the Children’s Center comes from the federal CCAMPIS grant the college received last fall.
“The biggest barrier for student-parents to overcome is child care,” said Thesa Roepke, an early childhood studies instructor and CCAMPIS project director. “Parents have asked us to provide evening care for years. Thanks to the grant, we are able to meet their needs with high-quality, on-campus child care.”
To be eligible, parents of children who are 2.9 to five years of age must be full-time students enrolled in at least two classes at Hancock and eligible for Pell, which is a federal post-secondary education grant. Limited spaces are available. Priority will be given to student-parents with military connections and children with special needs.
Roepke said a recent survey of student-parents showed nearly 80 percent said they would take advantage of evening child care if the service was offered at Hancock.
She added the college will continue to offer evening child care in the fall.
For more information, or to apply for the CCAMPIS Children’s Center Twilight program, contact Reena Herrera at (805) 922-6966, ext. 3580 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.