WESTON, MA – Today, Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (MA-5) visited Regis College in Weston, MA, to hear from parents enrolled in the Regis College nursing program about the vital need for affordable child care. The costs of child care can be a barrier for student-parents and limit participation in professions such as nursing. While the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) grant has helped schools like Regis College provide affordable child care in the past, the proposed House Republican budget cuts this critical assistance from the federal budget.

“Just like roads and bridges, child care is critical infrastructure that enables parents to get to work or class,” said Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (MA-5). “However, Republicans are trying to gut vital child care funding in their budget — cutting jobs, hurting families, and creating a dangerous shortfall of qualified nurses. House Democrats remain committed to defending families in the Fifth District of Massachusetts and across the country, while working to make affordable child care a reality for everyone.” 

“For many college students who are parents, securing affordable childcare can present obstacles to achieving their dream of earning a college degree,” said Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, Regis College President. “CCAMPIS has provided needed funds for students to continue progress in their degree program. I am thankful for Congresswoman Clark’s support of this program to support students with a demonstrated need for assistance.” 

"Thanks to the CCAMPIS grant, I am able to complete my nursing degree, while knowing my daughter is benefiting from quality childcare and an opportunity for a brighter educational future," said Katherine Stalzer, Student Mom at Regis College.

According to research, 22% of undergraduate students and 31% of graduate students are parents, and CCAMPIS grants helped roughly 3,300 student-parents pay for child care. Additionally, more than 4,000 children are on waiting lists across the country. The House Republican budget also cuts most child care funding from the American Rescue Plan, which could kick 3.2 million children out of child care.

Photos from today’s event can be found HERE.

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