Child Care Assistance Grant

The Child Care Assistance Grant can help you with your child care needs by reimbursing you for a portion of your daycare and babysitting costs.

What the Child Care Assistance Grant Covers

Make sure that your ability to attend school does not depend on you receiving the grant. Have a backup plan in place.

  • The grant can reimburse you for 70% of what you pay for child care expenses. The remainder of your costs are your responsibility.

  • The grant only covers fall and spring semesters — it does not pay for summer child care.

  • The grant can cover your babysitting costs if your child is not in daycare, but it does not cover babysitting costs for the entire semester.

  • Babysitting costs for week-long breaks (fall/spring breaks) are not covered. If you need daycare over week-long breaks, you would continue to receive assistance over the break if your daycare requires you to pay to hold your spot.


You can be eligible and apply for the grant if you receive federal Work-Study, receive other scholarships, or if you are not eligible to receive federal grant money. You will need to complete the FAFSA to apply for the Child Care Assistance Grant even if you do not typically receive federal aid. If you receive other scholarships, you may be limited in how much of the Child Care Assistance Grant you can receive if it is over the amount the college allows.

Central Piedmont employees are not eligible.

  • currently enrolled in a for-college-credit program

  • have successfully completed a minimum of 12 college credit hours at Central Piedmont

  • have at least a 2.0 GPA

  • enrolled for at least six credit hours of college-level classes that are not online

Apply for the Child Care Assistance Grant

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Completing the application does not mean that you will automatically receive the grant. The Central Piedmont Child Care Assistance Grant Committee reviews and evaluates applications and recommends recipients.

On average, 20 students receive the Child Care Assistance Grant each fall and spring term. If awarded a grant, you will be contacted by telephone or email.

  • Fill out the Child Care Assistance Grant Screener entirely. This allows the grant committee to determine if you are eligible to receive the grant.

  • Application

    If the committee confirms you are eligible for the grant, you will be notified via your student email. You will need to include the following with your application:

    financial aid award letter (available in MyCollege)

    - program evaluation/progress available in MyCollege)

    - birth certificates of children needing child care

    optional letter to the Child Care Assistance Grant committee

Disbursement of Funds

The Child Care Assistance Grant is funded by the state of North Carolina, with Central Piedmont's funds administered by the Family Resource Center. If you are awarded a grant, you must submit paperwork to the Family Resource Center by the end of each month in order to receive your reimbursement. We receive the grant funds and reimburse grant recipients for their child care expenses after the NC governor passes the annual NC general annual budget. Make sure that your ability to attend school does not depend on you receiving the grant. Have a backup plan in place.

Daycare Options

If you receive the grant, you can take your child to whichever daycare center you prefer. There is not a list of approved daycare centers. Central Piedmont does not have a daycare center. You should not bring your children with you to campus while you are attending classes.

Children on campus policy