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84.335 Child Care Access Means Parents in School

AUTHORIZATION:

Higher Education Act, as amended, Executive Order Title IV, Part A, Subpart 7.
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To support the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Awards shall be used to support or establish child care programs serving low-income students enrolled in college. Funds may be used to provide for before or after school services to the extent necessary to allow students to pursue a postsecondary career. No funds from grants can be used for construction other than minor renovations to meet State or local health or safety needs.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

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:   Benefiting are low-income students enrolled in postsecondary programs.

Credentials/Documentation:   No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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.

Application Procedure:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. 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.

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.

Deadlines:   Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

Notification usually is made within 4 months of the deadline for submission of applications.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

Applications for renewal of multi-year projects are processed and funded before those for new projects. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: 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 program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Grants shall be awarded for a period of 4 years, subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Institutions of higher administering these grants must submit an annual report of the completion of each 12-month cycle. IHEs are also required to submit final reports ninety (90) days after the end of the grant. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:   Records supporting claims under a grant must be maintained for 5 years after termination of the award.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

91-0201-0-1-502.

Obligations:   (Project Grants) FY 08 $15,533,799; FY 09 est $16,034,000; FY 10 est $16,034,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

$10,000 - $300,000.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: Approximately 55 new awards and 119 continuation awards are expected to be made in FY 2010. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Contact the Program Office for information.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Josephine Hamilton, Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Higher Education Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: jospehine.hamilton@ed.gov Phone: (202) 453-5649

Web Site Address:   http://www.ed.gov/programs/campisp/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

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.

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