New fund helps Baylor, MCC veterans pay for child care | Local news

“It’s a fight for everyone, and the cost of child care is affected,” Copeland said.

Michelle Kiefer, director of the Baylor center, said demand is particularly high for child care and childcare for children five and under. She said the Piper Center had been trying for months to hire four more teachers to supplement its staff of 16.

“Early childhood education is a high turnover, low paying, hard work field, but COVID-19 has certainly exacerbated that, and we’re all still a little bit in shock and trying to straighten out our ship, ”Kiefer said.

Felix Quinones Jr., veterans specialist for MCC’s financial aid department, said a Department of Veterans Affairs policy requires veteran students to attend at least one in-person course to gain the full extent of the academic support that their service offers them. The requirement, temporarily lifted for the pandemic, ensures a problem for anyone with a child but no reliable child care.

Child care has always been a challenge for veteran students, especially those who have moved to Fort Hood and may not have friends or family nearby to help them out, he said. declared.

Jesus, whose daughter attends Baylor’s Piper Center as part of the new scholarship program, said he has always been focused on structure, plans and goals. He started dating Baylor in 2016 after serving in the Navy from 2010 to 2015. He was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Va., And served as a hospital staff member and surgical technician and is now considering becoming a surgeon.

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