To support low-income parents to participate in postsecondary education, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, opened a grant competition for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) program funding, which provides campus-based child care services. $13.6 million funding is available, with an award ceiling of $500,000 per grant. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2023.

Purpose and eligibility. Per the CCAMPIS Federal Register Announcement, eligible applicants include institutions of higher education (public and private) that awarded a total of $250,000 or more of Federal Pell Grant funds during FY 2022 to enrolled students.

There are two absolute priorities for applicants seeking CCAMPIS funding: 1) projects must leverage significant local or institutional resources, including in-kind, and 2) projects must utilize a sliding fee scale for services. This round of CCAMPIS funding also includes one competitive preference priority: “Strengthening Cross-Agency Coordination and Community Engagement to Advance Systemic Change.” Up to 5 additional points will be awarded for this competitive priority.

There are also three invitational priorities: supporting students who are single parents, increasing the quality of campus-based child care for low-income students, and providing wrap-around services for low-income parents in postsecondary education.

Early childhood and higher education partnerships. If your program provides child care services (including Head Start/Early Head Start), consider how its community needs assessment addresses – or could address – the priorities noted above. Explore goals that your agency has related to community partnerships. You can use this data and information to initiate conversations with local potential applicants.

A few questions that you might reflect on include: does our agency have existing partnerships with institutions of higher education; if not, what institutions might we partner with? New or expanded partnerships can support a comprehensive approach to meeting children and families’ needs through the CCAMPIS program.

Timeline considerations. As stated in the funding announcement on (Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-053123-001), applications became available on May 31, 2023. The application submission deadline is July 31, 2023, and the deadline for intergovernmental review is August 29, 2023.

How to apply. The Funding Announcement for CCAMPIS grants directs potential applicants to Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, located in the Federal Register. Applications are required to be submitted through

Learn more. In addition to reviewing the Federal Register Announcement, consider exploring the U.S. Department of Education’s CCAMPIS website, which provides information such as awards, performance, resources, and FAQs about the program.

Foundations for Families Consulting Services include assistance preparing for, writing, and submitting federal grant applications. If you’re interested to learn more about how we might support your program, please contact us.

Thank you.

Thank you for reading our blog. We encourage you to use our blog posts for thought, integration, and sharing. When using or sharing content from blog posts, please attribute the original content to Foundations for Families.

Sign Up to hear from us!

Promoting excellence in early childhood education to support families and strengthen communities.

You have Successfully Subscribed!