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Grant provides childcare for student parents

December 7, 2010

The CSU program, Helping Hands, and the Child Care Access Means Parents in School grant will help with childcare costs at two childcare centers located on the CSU campus: The Early Childhood Center and The Sunshine House.

A helping hand

Colorado State University received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help low-income CSU students who are parents pay for childcare.

The grant provides childcare tuition subsidies for quality childcare while parents attend college.

“High quality childcare is an important priority for parents as they struggle to pursue higher education while meeting work and family obligations,” said Ann Bruce, an Extension specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at CSU in the College of Applied Human Sciences and coordinator of the grant.

“This project is committed to responding to the needs of low-income student-parents as they work to meet their educational goals.”

80 years of service

The Early Childhood Center, which is operated by Human Development and Family Studies, and The Sunshine House, will be providing childcare through funds from the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) grant.

The Early Childhood Center serves children ages two and a half to six years. The Sunshine House serves children six weeks to six years.

Colorado State University provides considerable in-kind resources to support the Helping Hands project to ensure the retention and graduation of its low-income student-parents. The Early Childhood Center, in partnership with The Sunshine House, brings more than 80 years of childcare research and provides flexible and high quality childcare for the university community.


The childcare tuition subsidies are reserved for Pell-eligible student parents; eligibility is determined using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Deadline dates to apply for the program are:

  • Dec. 1 for spring semester
  • Aug. 1 for fall semester
  • May 1 for summer session

Eligible students must have children enrolled at one of the two childcare facilities, and be U.S. citizens at either the graduate or undergraduate level attending CSU.

The Early Childhood Center is located on the CSU campus in the Gifford Building at 502 West Lake Street. The Sunshine House is located at 501 West Lake Street.

For more information about tuition scholarships for either of these programs, email Ann Bruce or call (970) 491-7608.

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: (970) 491-5182