KAHULUI – Part-time students at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College will be able to take advantage of low-cost, quality childcare for the Spring 2014 semester, thanks to a new partnership between the College and Imua Family Services. The goal is to help students with families maintain class attendance and complete their courses.

“If you’re a single parent, or the household is working multiple jobs to make ends meet while trying to get an education, then childcare can become the greatest obstacle to reaching those goals,” says, Dean Wong, Imua Family Services Executive Director.

Imua & Maui College Childcare, (IMCC) is a “Demonstration Project” set to begin operation in January 2014 for part-time students enrolled in the Spring semester.  The project was developed with the assistance of the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College (UHMC) CareerLink staff and Early Childhood Education faculty, community partners People Attentive to Children (PATCH), Maui County Early Childhood Resource Coordinators Office, Department of Human Services (DHS) Childcare Assistance Program and Imua Family Services (professionals in child development and therapeutic services). Funding was provided by the University of Hawaiʻi Community College system, and currently this opportunity is for the Spring 2014 semester only.

The center will run Monday through Thursday to accommodate students enrolled in morning and afternoon classes. The new program will serve 10-30 part-time UHMC students, and parents will pay a nominal fee of $10/class, per child, per month. Participants will also be required to volunteer one hour every two weeks to help with cleaning and maintaining the Imua childcare facility. Data from PATCH estimates that the average cost of Hawaiʻi’s monthly childcare is $640/child.

“Quality childcare is often the burden that makes it difficult for some Maui students to successfully complete their education,” said Juli Patao, UHMC CareerLink Director. “We hope that this demonstration project will show that providing childcare can have a positive impact on both retention and completion of degrees or certificates.”

For more information please visit http://maui.hawaii.edu/careerlink/home/ or call CareerLink at UH Maui College at 984-3318.  Interested students must complete an online survey.

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