Campus: CSU Northridge -- October 30, 2002
CSUN Children's Center Receives $760,000 From
The Children's Center at Cal State Northridge has received a $760,000
four-year grant from the federal government to help student parents
finish their education in a timely manner.
The grant gives the university's Associated Students, which operates
the center, $190,000 a year for four years to provide additional child
care for the children of CSUN student parents.
"The name of the grant — Child Care Access Means Parents
in School — is perfect for our approach," said David Crandall,
general manager for Associated Students. "The A.S. tries to offer
child care and development for our student parents so that the parents
can continue to make progress toward their educational goals as efficiently
Associated Students is the student government for the campus. It also
provides programs and services for students such as child care, recycling,
recreational sports and funding of clubs and organizations.
The Children's Center currently provides care and developmentally appropriate
instruction to nearly 150 children.
About 129 children, between the ages of 6 months and 5, are cared for
in the center's new $2 million on-campus facility, which was built with
student funds and dedicated in November of last year.
Up to 30 children between the ages of 3 months and 3 years can be cared
for in then center's Family Child Care Network Program. The program
helps student parents find licensed day-care facilities that meet state
standards and can care for their children while they are in class.
Arlene Rhine, director of the Children's Center, said the grant will
provide the center with additional money to help students find child
care at licensed day-care facilities for older children up to age 12
and during odd hours.
"For years we've been asked to provide care for older children
and on evenings and weekends," Rhine said. "It just wasn't
cost effective to keep the center open. It required too much staffing.
The money from the grant will help us expand the Family Child Care Network
so that we can provide care during school holidays, on weekends and
at night, when our students are taking classes."
The grant supplements the Associated Students' contribution, supported
by student fees, of approximately $312,000 a year and state grants of
about $500,000 a year.
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