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Thursday, November 18, 2010

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Southwestern College Receives More than $426,000 in New Federal Funding For Childcare Services

Resources Will Help Student-Parents Pursue Degrees, Young Children Learn Critical Skills

CHULA VISTA, CA Southwestern College today announced $426,200 in new federal funding for its Child Development Center (CDC) to offer childcare stipends to 13 low-income Southwestern College student-parents each semester. The funding will cover the cost of a half-day program for students whose children attend the on-campus facility.

"As we help our student-parents earn degrees, we want to give their children the tools to get into college and earn degrees, too," Dr. Raj K. Chopra, Superintendent/President of Southwestern College, said. "Southwestern College is proud to support students with families and help their children get a jump start on their education."

In addition to providing financial assistance, the funds will also help the Center:

  • develop a bi-lingual nutrition and early literacy program and;
  • provide ongoing parent education focusing on topics such as identifying developmental delays and behavioral issues.
"Southwestern College's CDC prides itself in providing families with high quality care and rich learning opportunities for young children," Patricia Bartow, Director of the Child Development Center, said. "The grant will enable the Center to expand services to the College community and provide a more nurturing environment for their children."

The funding comes from The U.S. Department of Education. The Program, which supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through campus-based child care services, provided a grant for the CDC in 2005.

Located at the College's main campus in Chula Vista, the Center was established 1998 to provide convenient, affordable services to students and staff of Southwestern College, as well as residents of nearby communities. Along with providing childcare, the Center is the primary resource for Southwestern College students who are studying Child Development and working with children.

About Southwestern College

Fully accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County and is the primary source of higher education for approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College serves approximately 20,000 students each semester and offers more than 285 associate degree and certificate options..