Northwest Arkansas continues to grow, making the availability of childcare much more competitive and less accessible.
For many working and pursuing a degree, this can be an overwhelming challenge.
On Monday, the Northwest Arkansas Community College announced it will help to foot the bill of childcare for some of its students.
NWACC teamed up with the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center to create a grant called CCAMPIS. The grant is federal funding that assists low-income parents who have young children and are pursuing their post-secondary education.
The CCAMPIS grant will allow the recipients’ children to be taken care of free of charge while the parents are in class.
“It’s very chaotic; it is very hard to keep up with everything, but I want it so bad I’m willing to do whatever I have to,” said student-parent Rosa Butcher.
“Many times they are working full time and going to college. So this affords them the opportunity to know that their children are in a safe, high-quality program while they are at school,” said Michelle Barnes with the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center.
To get involved with the CCAMPIS grant, contact Julie Wilson at JWilson@hwccenter.com.