Grant supports campus-based childcare in Arkansas

MENA, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas community college is receiving a federal grant to establish or fund campus-based childcare services for lower-income parents involved in higher education.

Rich Mountain Community College in Mena will receive $20,064 for the program from the U.S. Department of Education.

The federal agency is giving nearly $9.2 million to similar campuses across the country for the program.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the grants will help parents stay focused on their studies and graduation goals and is part of the agency's overall goal to support parenting students so that they can build better lives for themselves and their families.

Schools in 28 states are receiving the grants, and the programs will be funded for four years.

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