Grants Help Ease Burden of Childcare Costs for Student-Parents

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Childcare is expensive, especially if you are going back to school. At Forsyth Tech, there is a solution. Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, eligible student-parents at Forsyth Technical Community College may receive up to 70 percent reimbursement at a licensed center. Forsyth Tech received the grant last year as part of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS).

Students who need care for children ages 3-5 years may use grant stipends at the Carol L. Danforth Early Childhood Lab School on Forsyth Tech’s main campus. Students who need care for children ages 0 to 2 years may use stipends at licensed centers approved by the Lab School.
Amanda James started back to school at Forsyth Tech in August 2018. “When I heard about the grant in SOAR (Success through Orientation, Advising and Registration), I looked into it right away,” James said. “The grant helped me tremendously. It paid for childcare and enabled me to fulfill my educational dreams of going back to school.”

James said her daughter, Amira, loves the lab school. She’s out of school for the summer but asks to come to childcare every day. Amira smiles all the time she’s interacting with childcare providers.
“I’m also very impressed with the variety of the educational programs at the lab school.” Amira gets one-on-one attention and instruction at the lab school which makes James comfortable knowing her child is getting quality education. The Carol L. Danforth Early Childhood Lab School is a licensed five-star childcare facility. Plus, she feels the staff welcomes her whenever she wants to stop by and see her daughter.

James is studying human resources and ultimately would like to continue her education at Winston-Salem State University for a degree in social work, specifically working with children.
For more information on the childcare grants or to get an application, go to