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January 14, 2019

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (January 14, 2019) – Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is proud to establish the Child Care Access Fund Scholarship, an initiative that will help students who are also parents finish their degrees.

This fund is made possible by the JCCC Foundation and a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program. It covers 75 to 95 percent of child care costs through the state licensed and nationally accredited Hiersteiner Child Development Center (HCDC) on campus.

According to Claire Ehney, Manager, HCDC, “The responsibilities and the costs associated with going to college can be a challenge. It can be almost overwhelming if you are trying to be a parent too. That’s why we’re absolutely thrilled about the financial assistance opportunities we have available for our students who are also parents. Caring for children is at the heart of what we do at the HCDC and we are so excited to help our students afford quality care and make their educational dreams a reality.” 

“At Johnson County Community College, our mission is to transform lives. That’s why one of our top priorities is making higher education not only affordable, but accessible,” says Dr. Joe Sopcich, JCCC President. “We understand that students have responsibilities that extend beyond the classroom. Through programs like the Child Care Access Fund Scholarship, we are able to remove barriers and help students build a brighter tomorrow for their families and our community.”

To be eligible, students must:

Scholarship recipients must:

  • Enroll their child for five-day/full-day care for the awarded term
  • Enroll in nine or more credit hours for the awarded term, including a one-credit-hour Learning Strategies course
  • Attend a pre-semester family orientation and parent-teacher conference
  • Commit to attending two parenting workshops offered during the first awarded term

There is no deadline to apply. Applications are considered throughout the year as space allows. However, students are encouraged to apply before JCCC’s scholarship priority deadline on April 1.

To learn more, visit the HCDC or call 913-469-4438.