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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham announces $123,000 for ULM student-parent childcare

October 1, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced today that the University of Louisiana at Monroe will receive a grant of about $123,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to help student-parents reach their goal of earning a college degree.
The ULM TRIO Programs received the grant through the Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) Program, which helps low-income parents pursue a college degree by providing access to campus-based childcare programs. The full amount of the grant is $122,626.
“Going to school while raising kids is tough; I know because I’ve done it. The student-parents eligible for this program face added financial challenges, too. This grant is so important because it will help students from across Northeast Louisiana achieve their dreams of earning a college degree that they’ll use to get better jobs and make more money to help raise their families,” Dr. Abraham said.

Dr. Abraham and his wife, Dianne, raised three small children while he commuted daily from Rayville to Shreveport for medical school.

Student-parents are more than three times as likely to finish their degrees if they have access to childcare on campus, according to TRIO Programs Executive Director Catherine Estis. She said the grant will help fill funding gaps for student-parents who struggle to provide childcare and balance the demands of higher education.
“ULM TRIO is thrilled for the impact this grant program will have on our student-parents and the community at large,” Estis said. “The services provided through the award might make the difference between graduating and not graduating for some student-parents.”

Dr. Abraham has announced nearly $750,000 in federal funding for ULM in the last two months. He has previously announced a $352,500 grant to study obesity and diabetes research and a $275,000 grant for to purchase research equipment for the atmospheric sciences program.