Southwest awarded $800K grant to provide child care for parents seeking degrees

Southwest awarded $800K grant to provide child care for parents seeking degrees

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The U.S. Department of Education awarded nearly $800,000 to Southwest Tennessee Community College to support parents who wish to complete school.

The grant will allow Southwest Tennessee to provide care for children 2.5-5 years old of Pell-eligible students who are pursuing an associate degree.

"It's a fact that providing affordable childcare improves the student-parent persistence towards graduation," Southwest Child Care Centers Director Dr. Mary Palmer said. "Finding quality childcare is often the first and most stubborn hurdle for parents who want a better life through education. This removes that barrier in a licensed, nationally accredited environment so our parents/students can confidently move forward with their academic aspirations."

The money will support 45 children. Southwest cares for nearly 250 at its Union Avenue and Macon Cove campuses.

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