Childcare Scholarships

Quality First - First Things First Arizona

Quality First - 5 Star Rating

The Mesa Community College Children's Center has earned one of the high ratings for Child Care Providers in the State of Arizona. See our rating on the Quality First website here.

Children's Center Contact

Donna Candreva, Program Supervisor

Phone: 480-461-7082

Type of Child Care: Center

Ages Served:
3, 4, and 5 Year Olds

What does this mean for our students and their children?

It means the care your child receives at the MCC Children's Center far exceeds quality standards as measured by the First Things First Arizona program.

This achievement reflects the hard work of the Children's Center staff and provides limited scholarships to qualified students/scholars to defray the cost of child care.

Quality First Scholarships

This program participates in Quality First Scholarships, which help low-income families afford quality early care and education. Availability of scholarships is limited.

Contact this program by phone or email to ask about availability.

Learn more about Quality First Scholarships

Our program was tested and evaluated and found to be one of the best in Arizona.

Criteria Include:

  • Health and safety practices that promote children’s basic well being
  • Staff qualifications, including experience working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers as well as training or college coursework in early childhood development and education
  • Teacher-child interactions that are positive, consistent and nurture healthy development and learning
  • Learning environments, including age-appropriate books, toys and learning materials that promote emotional, social, language and cognitive development
  • Lessons that follow state requirements or recommendations for infants, toddlers and preschoolers
  • Group sizes that give young children the individual attention they need
  • Child assessment and parent communication that keeps families regularly informed of their child’s development
  • Learn more about Quality First Star Ratings

Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) Grant

Program Description

The Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) grant was awarded to the Mesa Community College Children’s Center as a tool to support student parents who qualify for or are receiving a Pell grant. The main component of the grant written by the college is to pay for child care tuition at the on-campus Children’s Center for student parents.

Children between the ages of 3 (who are able to use the toilet independently) and 5 are eligible. Parents must be students at MCC and be either eligible for or receiving a Pell grant. Families will be responsible for paying the current registration fee, but all other expenses will be funded by the CCAMPIS grant. Children will be enrolled at the Center based on their parent or guardian’s class schedule. Student parents participating in this grant may be asked to participate in additional events to support them in college as well as complete surveys to help with program evaluation.

Higher Education Child Care Project (HECCP)

Maricopa Community Colleges and the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) are helping parents in our high-demand career programs who need financial assistance with child care.

If you are currently enrolled in one of our Nursing, Early Childhood Education, or K-12 Education programs and have one or more qualifying child(ren) in child care, you could qualify for up to $906* (per child, per month) to help cover the cost of child care.

*Amounts may differ based on your enrollment level (half-time, three-quarters time, and full-time).

Learn more about the Higher Education Child Care Project