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Grant Program Helps Students Pay for Child Care

Norfolk State University’s Preschool Academy has received a grant to help NSU students who are parents pay for their child’s preschool. The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program is authorized by the Higher Education Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of CCAMPIS is to support Pell Grant eligible student-parents in completing their degree through access to high-quality child care programs and the provision of child care stipends. No matter the major or the program, parents simply must be enrolled at NSU.

The Preschool Academy CCAMPIS Program is in the first year of its four-year grant cycle. The grant, which totals $563,212, began Oct. 1, 2018 and runs through Sept. 30, 2022. Fourteen classroom slots are available annually.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Must be receiving a Pell Grant or be Pell Grant eligible based on the FAFSA Application.
  • A FAFSA must be completed and on file with the NSU Financial Aid Office.
  • Be an enrolled student at Norfolk State University
  • Maintain a course load of 9 credit hours in the fall and spring and 3 credit hours in the summer, undergraduate student
  • Maintain a Good Academic Standing with the University
  • Complete 67% or more of your cumulative attempted credit hours
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 or better

Formerly the Child Development Lab, the NSU Preschool Academy is affiliated with the School of Education and offers full- and part-time early childhood services and care to children ages 2½ through 4½ years old. The academy is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization for early childhood professionals, licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services, a Virginia Quality program, and has a long history of laying a strong foundation for young children’s education.

For more information, contact Navine Fortune, program director, at