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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WNY News Now) – A major investment in local child care access is coming to Jamestown.
SUNY JCC announced on Tuesday they are slated to receive $1.2 million dollars as part of a state investment that addresses child care deserts.
The one-time funding allotment, signed by Governor Kathy Hochul, earmarks two $600,000 dollars for a 100-slot child care center on the Jamestown Campus and Cattaraugus County Campus.
The startup funds, officials say, allows JCC to partner with local community-based organizations who already provide child care, in hopes of removing barriers to higher education and employment.
“Child care has been a priority issue that many at JCC have been working to improve for several years,” said Beth Starks, director of adult education and the North County Center of SUNY Jamestown Community College in a statement. “I am thankful for the support of the governor, SUNY, and our JCC administration for helping to clear the path to successful completion of credentials, applied learning opportunities, and employment for students and staff.”
The funds are the second wave of a broader state initiative to ensure that students, faculty, and staff on all SUNY and CUNY campuses have access to high-quality child care centers. At some campuses, as much as 80 percent of students with dependents reported they had trouble meeting their child care needs.
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