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

Funds are used to support or establish campus-based child care programs primarily serving the needs of low-income students enrolled in institutions of higher education.

Grants may be used for before- and after-school services.

In addition, grants may be used to serve the child care needs of the community served by the institution.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Approximately 170 awards are expected to be made in FY 2008.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Awards shall be used to support or establish child care programs serving low-income students enrolled in college.

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

No funds from grants can 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

Benefiting are low-income students enrolled in postsecondary programs.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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

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. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

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.


The deadline date is published in the Federal Register.


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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




Applications for renewal of multi-year projects are processed and funded before those for new projects. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and 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.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants shall be awarded for a period of 4 years, subject to the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports are required 18 months and 36 months after receiving the first grant payment.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $15,810,300; FY 08 $15,463,735; and FY 09 est $15,463,735.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For FY 2008, the range of awards is expected to be $10,000 to $300,000; the average award is expected to be $91,375.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact the Program Office for information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Higher Education Programs, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-5131. Contact: Dorothy Marshall. E-mail: Telephone: (202) 502-7634.

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.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $50 million to support emergency efforts to contain the threat caused by Ebola in West Africa.

More Federal Domestic Assistance Programs

State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health | Children of Incarcerated Parents Web Portal | Census Customer Services | Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children | Rural Business Enterprise Grants |  Site Style by YAML | | Grants | Grants News | Sitemap | Privacy Policy

Edited by: Michael Saunders

© 2004-2024 Copyright Michael Saunders