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Westchester Community College to get child care fundingPosted: Updated:
Rep. Nita Lowey announced $210,000 in federal funding Monday for the child care center at Westchester Community College to help low-income parents afford day care.
The Virginia Marx Children's Center on the college campus gives some pre-K children nearly 12 hours of daily care, year round.
Some say it has been a game changer for parents enrolled in the school.
Low-income families who wanted to enroll their children in the program say it has not been affordable until now.
The federal Pell Grant funding was made available through the CCAMPIS program, and will be enough to help 35 eligible student-parents every year.
In her speech at the school Monday, Lowey says that President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget would have eliminated the CCAMPIS program. She said she is responsible for giving the $35 million historic increase to keep the program alive.