Brooklyn, Queens CUNYs awarded $6 Million in grants for early childhood center
Three City University of New York colleges located in Brooklyn and Queens are among the half-dozen CUNY colleges awarded a record $6 million in federal grants for early childhood learning centers, CUNY announced yesterday.
Brooklyn College in Flatbush, LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City and Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach were among the six colleges newly named to be recipients of the grant, which will benefit each school’s Early Childhood Center. There are currently 16 Early Childhood Centers serving 17 CUNY campuses and 1,600 children annually across the city.
“Early Childhood Centers provide services that are indispensable to thousands of CUNY student-parents who would otherwise find it far more difficult to continue pursuing their educational goals,” said CUNY’s Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz in a statement. “This additional funding enables more New Yorkers to stay in college and build a better future for themselves and their young families.”
The four-year grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education through its Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program, which is designed to support primarily low-income students in need of child care. Although CUNY colleges have received grants through the program since its inception in 1999, the $5,976,180 that it received this year sets a record in terms of both the amount of funding obtained for each school’s child care centers and the number of CUNY schools that will benefit.