WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) – a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee – announced that Highland Community College will receive $30,000 in federal funding. These federal dollars were awarded through the Department of Education’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS), which helps provide campus-based child care services to parents seeking postsecondary education. Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the Department of Education.

“Access to affordable, dependable child care is crucial to parenting students’ ability to continue their education,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “This federal investment will help provide more opportunity to those in the Freeport region and meet the needs of non-traditional students. I’ll continue to work to secure the resources needed to overcome barriers like this and make our region a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

“Now Highland students will have access to reliable, part-time and variably-scheduled child care,” said Tim Hood, President of Highland Community College. “This CCampis grant is exactly the resource we need to provide increased access to this important support. We are looking forward to working with campus partners to put this into action. I cannot thank Congresswoman Bustos enough for this opportunity for our community.”