Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster
Sent By:
Yasmeen.Hussain@mail.house.gov

Deadline COB March 13th

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Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join us in sending the attached letters to the Appropriations LHHS Subcommittee, urging the committee to provide robust funding for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program as they work to draft the Fiscal Year 2019
appropriations bill. 

The CCAMPIS program helps to meet the urgent needs of student parents enrolled in higher education who are working to attain a college degree or workforce training to provide economic security for themselves and for their children.

Within the recent bipartisan budget agreement was a commitment to invest an additional $2 billion in each of the next two fiscal years on “student-centered programs that aid college completion and affordability.” This new investment gives us a historic
opportunity to address some of the vast demand for on-campus child care from millions of students who are parents.

If you have any questions, or you would like to sign on to the FY19 appropriations letter, please contact Yasmeen Hussain in Rep. Foster’s office at yasmeen.hussain@mail.house.gov or 5-3515. This letter
closes on March 13, 2018.

Sincerely,

Bill Foster


Letter Text:

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

As you work to draft the Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bill, we request that you provide robust funding for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program. The CCAMPIS program helps to meet the urgent needs of student parents enrolled
in higher education, working to attain a college degree or workforce training to provide economic security for themselves and for their children.

Approximately 1.4 million Pell Grant recipients today have children under the age of 5, and 4.8 million students in higher education have dependent children. Student parents struggle to pay for child care services on top of tuition, fees, and other costs.
Unfortunately, most students are not able to access existing child care programs, their options are often unaffordable, and child care centers located on campus are rare or have substantial wait lists. To help address these challenges, the CCAMPIS program
supports campus-based child care programs primarily serving the needs of low-income students.

The current levels of funding for CCAMPIS are only able to meet a tiny fraction of student demand for affordable and high-quality on-campus child care. The recent agreement to raise overall spending caps gave a commitment to invest an additional $2 billion
in each of the next two fiscal years on “student-centered programs that aid college completion and affordability.” This new investment provides a historic opportunity to address some of the vast unmet demand for on-campus child care from millions of students
who are parents.

We urge you to prioritize funding for the CCAMPIS program as part of the FY 2019 appropriations measure. Providing adequate child care resources to student parents will help to improve both college completion and affordability. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Bill Foster
Member of Congress

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