Expanding Early Education in Cullowhee: Expanding Services for Eligible Student-Parents (Triple E in the Whee)
1. Do you have a child between the ages of Birth to 5?
2. Do you need help with childcare so you can attend classes at WCU?
3. Are you currently Pell Grant eligible?
If you answer yes to the above questions you might qualify for subsidized childcare through the Triple E in the Whee program. The purpose of the Triple E in the Whee is to provide affordable early education services to Pell Grant eligible students at Western Carolina University. If you qualify you can receive subsidized childcare to help you attend classes at WCU! The program is only available to Pell Grant eligible students and is offered on a first come, first served basis. If you meet the eligibility requirements below and want to be considered for Triple E in the Whee childcare subsidy, please fill out the survey by clicking on the application link.
Western Carolina University (WCU) is committed to the total development and well-being of all members of the University community. In carrying out its educational mission, WCU will ensure to the fullest extent possible equitable access to, participation in, and appropriate educational opportunities for individuals served. With this in mind, the purpose of the Expanding Early Education in Cullowhee: Expanding Services for Eligible Student-Parents (Triple E in the Whee), is to provide affordable early education services to Pell Grant eligible students at WCU.
The Triple E in the Whee is a grant-funded program and our continued service to parents and children depends on the success of participating students in achieving graduation. Students will be accepted throughout the year based on space availability and begin receiving subsidized childcare tuition costs once accepted.
* Must be Pell Grant Eligible
* Must be enrolled full-time (12 hours) in an undergraduate program at WCU, distance or residential
* Eligible students need childcare in Jackson County, NC
* First priority will be given to first-generation Pell eligible military veterans.
* Second priority will be given to first-generation college students who are Pell eligible.
* Pell-eligible military veterans and Pell-eligible students will be given third and fourth waitlist priority.
· Expand childcare services at WCU and Jackson County.
· Subsidize childcare costs to make it affordable for WCU students with the highest need.
· Improve retention and decrease time to degree completion for WCU student parents.
· Facilitate teacher effectiveness for participating childcare centers by improving communication with parents.
· Enhance teaching effectiveness and quality by providing professional development opportunities for teachers at participating childcare centers.