On Wednesday, an amendment by U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st District, to the College Affordability Act to expand child care services for parents enrolled in college was approved by the House Education and Labor Committee.
Norcross’ amendment expands the authorized use of Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program – an grant program that makes it possible for higher education institutions to pursue campus-based child care options that support student parents – to include support for student parents who may require evening, weekend, summer, and before- and after-school services.
The amendment requires that an institution’s website will provide student parents with information about the availability of child care subsidies.
Norcross’ contributions to the College Affordability Act include a provision from his Remedial Education Improvement Act, which makes remedial education programs more effective, fair and less expensive. It also includes a provision from Norcross’ Graduate Fellowships to Prepare Faculty In High-Need Areas at Colleges of Education Act, which provides fellowships for graduate students who are pursuing doctoral teaching degrees in the fields of STEM, special education and English language; a Norcross-backed provision of America’s College Promise Act, which creates a federal-state partnership to provide for tuition-free community college; and a Norcross-backed provision of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which allows students to refinance their student loans.
“As a young single dad working in the construction field I struggled myself to find affordable, quality child care,” said Norcross, an original sponsor of the College Affordability Act and New Jersey’s only member of the Education and Labor Committee. “My amendment ensures student parents will not face the same obstacles that I did, and will help to provide accessible, affordable child care options for students seeking a brighter future for themselves and their families.”