Hilltop awarded grant to help provide child care, education
A boost in grant funding means good news for student families who have children enrolled in Hilltop Child Development Center's program.
Hilltop recently received a four-year Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) grant renewal. The grant is the center's second from the U.S. Department of Education. This time, the dollar amount was higher. The center's first grant was worth $52,000 per year. The new grant is valued at $78,083 per year for four years. Most of the money will be used to help care for children of undergraduate student parents who are eligible for Pell grants to help pay tuition.
The center has a staff of more than 30 full-time employees who provide full-day care for children ages 1 through 5, after-school kindergarten care, morning half-day preschool and after-school programs for first through sixth graders. Hilltop also has after-school programs in three local schools.
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Many of the teachers have at least bachelor's degrees in education. About 40 to 50 student employees are hired each semester as well. Hilltop, a child development center, provides planned educational programs and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The grant is intended for student parents, but they are not the only ones who benefit from Hilltop's services. The center has a three-level sliding-fee scale to help provide care for children of faculty and staff who meet income guidelines. The United Way of Douglas County and the KU Student Senate provide fee subsidies as well.
Pat Pisani, director of the center, credited Jane Tuttle, assistant to the dean of students, and the KU Center for Research for securing the grant.
Roughly one-fourth of colleges and universities that applied received grant funding. The grant will help keep student families enrolled by enabling the center to offer more fee subsidies and maintain the goal to "provide quality care and developmentally appropriate education," Pisani said.