Hartford, Conn. (October 4, 2019) – Capital Community College has received state and federal grants to help students at the Hartford-based college receive critical services that will assist students in completing their post-secondary education goals.
Capital will be able to hire staff at its Elaine Stewart McKirdy Early Childhood Education Center Laboratory School to serve extended hours that can accommodate the academic schedules of parents and provide a safe, nurturing environment for young children while their parents pursue their post-secondary education. A grant of $68,893 has been awarded from the United States Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education’s CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents in School) program. By providing affordable and accessible childcare, the project aims to increase the persistence and degree attainment of low-income students by supporting their need and desire for high quality childcare at reasonable rates during convenient times. The project will be based at CCC’s existing early childhood education center which has served student parents and community members since 1975 and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
“The majority of Capital’s students are over the age of 21 and are attending part-time,” stated Chief Executive Officer G. Duncan Harris, Ed.D. “Our students have small children; they have jobs both within and outside the home; and one thing that they share is the need for affordable childcare that fits their harried schedules. The CAMPIS grant will allow us to extend our offering of a safe and encouraging environment for the children of our students and our community.”
The college has also been awarded $12,000 from the Connecticut Health Campus Initiative (CHCI), which will allow Capital to immediately implement opioid education and awareness activities that will positively affect the campus and its communities. According to the 2016 report from the International Narcotics Control Board, the United States consumes 99 percent of the world ‘s hydrocodone. The state’s Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services has devised a plan that creates a comprehensive network of prevention and intervention activities to reduce risk across the lifespan and around the state, including college campuses. Greater Hartford is one of 11 communities across Connecticut that have the largest need to address.
With the CHCI grant, Capital Community College will be able to enhance its existing services by offering opiate awareness workshops for students, purchasing Narcan kits for its Public Safety officers and providing training in their use to faculty and staff, inviting recovery specialists or mental health providers to campus, and providing workshops on addressing the opiate crisis andways to assist students and the community.
Harris added, “Every dollar that the state can allocate to fight the opioid crisis will be well spent on education and awareness. Whether a Capital student is struggling personally, or has family members or friends who are affected by addiction, the college is dedicated to providing both services and referrals that will help combat this epidemic.”
CHCI is a program of Wheeler Clinic’s Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery and is funded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) with the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).
About the Elaine Stewart McKirdy Early Childhood Education Center
The Elaine Stewart McKirdy Early Childhood Education Center Laboratory School at Capital Community College provides a high-quality program for preschool children ages three to five years old. Open to children of Capital Community College students and staff, as well as members of the community, the school is staffed with qualified and experienced early childhood professionals. The Laboratory School curriculum supports the development of each child as an individual, in an environment that values each family’s ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Teachers strive to build positive self-identity in every child and to appreciate each other’s differences. In addition to providing quality childcare, the Lab School serves as a model setting for students in Capital Community College’s Early Childhood Education Program. Students observe, practice, and master the skills necessary to plan and implement their own quality preschool program after graduation.
About Capital Community College
Capital Community College is an urban, two-year institution enrolling more than 3,000 students in Connecticut’s capital city. The college offers 60 academic programs in accredited studies preparing students for associate degrees, certificates and transfer, while its non-credit offerings prepare students for the immediate needs of the Connecticut workforce. It is one of New England’s most diverse campuses with a 67 percent minority enrollment and was the first college in Connecticut to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The Capital Community College experience revolves around its historic eleven-story, Art Deco building in the heart of downtown Hartford, which offers unprecedented access to the city’s cultural and employment offerings.