Child Care Access Means Parents in School

To support the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Edmonds Community College $ 45,554   2017-10-012019-09-30
Wor-wic Community College, Inc. $ 46,990   2018-10-012019-09-30
Hagerstown Community College $ 51,950   2018-10-012019-09-30
Montana State University-billings $ 49,092   2018-10-012019-09-30
Harris-stowe State University $ 48,826   2018-10-012019-09-30
Rancho Santiago Community College District, Inc $ 58,149   2018-10-012019-09-30
Medaille College $ 58,799   2018-10-012019-09-30
Clover Park Technical College $ 58,675   2018-10-012019-09-30
Lower Columbia College $ 49,715   2018-10-012019-09-30
Wenatchee Valley College Foundation $ 54,793   2018-10-012019-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to support or establish child care programs serving low-income students enrolled in postsecondary education.

Funds may be used to provide before or after school services to the extent necessary to allow students to pursue a postsecondary career.

No funds from grants may be used for construction other than minor renovations to meet State or local health or safety needs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

An institution of higher education is eligible to apply if the total amount of all Federal Pell Grant funds awarded to students enrolled at the institution of higher education for the preceding fiscal year equals or exceeds $350,000.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Low-income student parents enrolled in postsecondary programs will benefit.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. In any fiscal year in which funds are available for new awards, the Department of Education publishes a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications and establishing a deadline date. An application package is available from the Office of Higher Education Programs. Copies will be mailed upon request.

Award Procedures

Peer review panels composed of representatives from public and private higher education and child care providers having expertise in child care service are designated to review application.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Higher Education Act, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 7.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Notification usually is made within 4 months of the deadline for submission of applications.


Not Applicable.


Applications for renewal of multi-year projects are processed and funded before those for new projects. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds and if the grantee has made substantial progress in achieving the objectives outlined in its application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The grant amount awarded to an institution shall not exceed one percent of the total amount of all Federal Pell Grant funds awarded to students enrolled at the institution of higher education for the preceding fiscal year. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants shall be awarded for a period of 4 years, subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Staff monitor grants drawdown using agency financial reports.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Records supporting claims under a grant must be maintained for 5 years after termination of the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $15,134,000; FY 17 est $15,134,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$10,000 - $300,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact the Program Office for information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Josephine Hamilton, Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Higher Education Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 453-5649

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). Contact the Program Office for more information.

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