WVC receives grant to make childcare more affordable for students
Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436 (Mon.-Thurs.)
Nancy Spurgeon, Early Childhood Education Coordinator, 509-682-6633
Wenatchee Valley College received the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program grant, which helps make childcare more affordable for low-income parents taking college classes.
The college partners with WestSide Early Learning Center (1510 Ninth Street) at WestSide High School to provide childcare to WVC students and staff. This grant will lower the rates for low-income students. An estimated 50 students per year benefit from the grant.
The grant also funds workshops for parents and their children, staff trainings, materials and supplies for the early learning center.
The WestSide Early Learning Center provides quality, licensed child care to children from one month to five years of age. Priority is given to WestSide High School and WVC students. WVC students, faculty and staff may contact the WVC Early Childhood Education coordinator at (509) 682-6633 for more information and availability.
Stacy Luckensmeyer, WVC business and industry liaison, serves on the Our Valley, Our Future community planning and development team. She said that by offering low-cost childcare to parents in need, Wenatchee Valley College is also able to benefit the community in ways outlined in the Our Valley, Our Future action plan. For example, the action plan works, in part, towards the alleviation of generational poverty by opening the door to upward mobility, providing hope, and boosting families. Learn more about Our Valley, Our Future at ourvalleyourfuture.org.
Wenatchee Valley College enriches North Central Washington by serving educational and cultural needs of communities and residents throughout the service area. The college provides high-quality transfer, liberal arts, professional/technical, basic skills and continuing education for students of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. Visit our website, wvc.edu.