The University of Louisiana Monroe has received a federal grant of $122,626 from the U.S. Department of Education to help student-parents earn a college degree by providing campus-based childcare.

The ULM TRIO Program received the grant through the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program. The program, “supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based childcare services.”

“Research shows that parents with access to childcare on campus are nearly three times more likely to graduate or pursue additional degrees within three years of enrollment,” said Dr. Catherine Estis, TRIO Executive Director. “This grant aids in filling a major gap for many of our student-parents who grapple with providing quality childcare while juggling the demands of higher education.”

“ULM TRIO is thrilled for the impact this grant program will have on our student-parents and the community at large. It is envisioned that the services provided through the award might make the difference between graduating and not graduating for some student-parents,” Estis said.

The grant was announced by Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto. Abraham has announced nearly $750,000 in federal funding for ULM in the last two months. He previously announced a grant to study obesity and diabetes research and a grant to purchase research equipment for the atmospheric sciences program.

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