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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 7
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. 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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Instructions and forms concerning application procedures are available on the program website following publication of the Notice Inviting Application funding criteria in the Federal Register.
Award Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
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.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.
See above.
Grantees must maintain appropriate records pertaining to grant funds, compliance and project performance, for 3 years after the completion of activities for which the grant or subgrant funds were used. This documentation should be sufficient to establish fiscal accountability and facilitate an effective audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 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 assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants shall be awarded for a period of 4 years, subject to the availability of funds. Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Harold Wells
Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Higher Education Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202) 453-6131
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$65,000,000.00; FY 23 est $75,000,000.00; FY 24 est $95,000,000.00; FY 21$55,000,000.00; FY 20$53,000,000.00; FY 19$50,000,000.00; FY 18$50,000,000.00; FY 17$15,134,000.00; FY 16$15,134,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$150,000 - $1,000,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the Program Office for information.


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