Child Development Learning Lab

AWC awarded child care funding by Arizona Department of Economic Security

January 9, 2024

Eligible students can apply to be reimbursed for child care expenses

Yuma, AZ (January 9, 2024) – The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Child Care has recently awarded Arizona Western College and the Child Development Learning Lab (CDLL) with grant funding to reimburse students for child care expenses. 

Through federal Child Care and Development Block Grant COVID-19 relief funds, the Higher Education Child Care Project (HECCP) provides qualified child care assistance to students pursuing a degree in Healthcare, K-12 Education, or Early Childhood Education. Students enrolled in a full-time, part-time, or certificate degree pathway at the Yuma, San Luis, or Parker campuses are eligible to apply for HECCP funding. 

Applications are being accepted through January 31, 2024, for retroactive reimbursement from May 15, 2023. Students must have been enrolled at AWC and must meet all eligibility requirements during the term(s) they are seeking retroactive reimbursement for child care expenses. The project end date is June 30, 2024.

Students can download the HECCP application by visiting the AWC Child Development Learning Lab website. Additional details regarding eligibility requirements and qualified child care providers are listed on the application. For questions, contact CDLL Administrative Secretary Grace Garcia at or 928-317-6107; Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) Grant Specialist Lizbett Rodriguez at or 928-503-3515; or CDLL Director Alma Barrandey at or 928-344-7564. 

Spring semester courses start Tuesday, Jan. 16, with 8-week, 12-week, and 16-week sessions available. Register for classes at

Rainier Dischinger
Director of Grants
Arizona Western College

Alma Barrandey
Child Development Learning Lab Director
Arizona Western College