Institute Supports Reauthorization of Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program

September 13, 2021

The Honorable Tammy Duckworth

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510


Re: Child Care Access Means Parents in School Reauthorization Act


Dear Senator Duckworth:


As organizations committed to promoting the success of college students with dependent children, we are writing to express our strong support for legislation to reauthorize the Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) program (S.2625). The CCAMPIS program provides vital support for the participation and success of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care, which is widely recognized as one of the most important supports for parenting college students.


Parents of dependent children make up nearly one-quarter (22 percent or nearly four million) of U.S. undergraduate students and over half of these parents have children under age six. The COVID-19 pandemic has put into stark relief the challenges that these student parents face. Most student parents are balancing child care, academics, one or more jobs, and precarious finances. Recent data from the 2020 Gallup-Lumina Student Study demonstrate that student parents have been more likely to cancel or pause their educational journeys in the last six months than students without children. Child care was the most common reason that student parents named for pausing their educational plans.


Despite the large share of college students with children and their need for child care, however, campus-based child care has been declining in recent years, most dramatically at community colleges where the largest numbers of student parents are enrolled. The child care crisis triggered by the pandemic has only exacerbated the strain on the campus child care sector. As student parents go back to on-campus learning, their need for affordable child care has never been greater.


The CCAMPIS program is the ONLY federal program dedicated specifically to providing child care assistance for students with low incomes in postsecondary settings. It helps meet the high demand for low-cost child care, enabling student parents to persist in and complete postsecondary credentials, which are critical to their families’ economic well-being. As it stands, the CCAMPIS program supports a small fraction of students’ need for affordable child care. Increasing its funding to $500 million would allow the program to provide child care support for roughly 100,000 more parenting college students.


For these reasons, we express support for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Reauthorization Act.


Sincerely,

Austin Community College Children's Lab School

Baruch College Early Learning Center, Inc.

Cal Poly Pomona

California Competes

Center for Child and Family Studies, University of California at Davis

Central Georgia Technical College

Child Care Services Association/T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center

College of the Redwoods

Colorado Center on Law and Policy

CSUSB Infant/Toddler Lab School

First Five Years Fund

Generation Hope

Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

Higher Learning Advocates

Institute for Childhood Preparedness

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Joliet Junior College

LA Valley College

Lane Community College

Larissa Mercado-Lopez, Professor, California State University, Fresno