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College Attainment for Parent Students (CAPS)

College Attainment for Parent Students (CAPS)

Are you a single parent who finds it challenging to juggle school, work, and parenting? Do you face barriers such as childcare, transportation, or other financial difficulties? Do you need additional support to ensure that you meet your educational goals? Apply to become a CAPS (College Attainment for Parent Students) Fellow. To become a CAPS Fellow, you must be a single parent and eligible for the Pell Grant (Federal Financial Aid, FAFSA). Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester while in the CAPS program. Preference will be given to parents who have a demonstrated childcare need and/or who are in a healthcare major (degree or certificate). The CAPS program can support up to 20 single parents at a time. Applications will be reviewed, and students selected for the program will be notified by email. If you have any questions or need assistance completing this application contact Stephanie Addikis at saddikis@nr.edu or 540-674-3600 ext. 4579.

Who is eligible to be a CAPS Fellow?

  • Single parents with children from birth to 12
  • Pell Eligible (Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per semester

Students enrolled in healthcare programs and/or who have exceptional need for childcare will be given priority.

Space is limited.



Not interested in CAPS, but interested in learning more about NRCC programming and resources for parenting students?

Contact Stephanie Addikis at saddikis@nr.edu or 540-674-3600 ext. 4579


New River Community Action Head Start Programs (Including NRCC Early Learning Center)

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NRCA’s Head Start mission is to build on the unique strengths of children and families; through positive engagement, health education and a quality preschool experience.

New River Community Action Head Start and New River Community College have joined efforts to serve the New River Valley. A Head Start classroom is located on the college campus serving 17 three- and four-year-old children. (This Head Start Early Learning Center classroom is an option for parents throughout the NRV and also serves as a Lab classroom for the NRCC Early Childhood Education and Human Services programs.)



NRCC Educational Foundation:

If you have not already applied for the NRCC Educational Foundation Scholarship, visit the NRCC Foundation and complete the application.

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Foundation Scholarship Application


Student Resources:

Lactation Room

A lactation room is provided for nursing mothers in Edwards 113.


Single Stop

A national non-profit that helps connect individuals to benefits and resources, has made its screening technology available for FREE to Virginia residents. For more information visit https://app.singlestop.org/vccs/newrivercc.

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NRCC Student Resources Office

The NRCC Student Resources office has information on housing, food, mental health supports and many other helpful resources. For more information visit https://www.nr.edu/here4u or contact 540-674-3636 or Here4U@nr.edu.



Adventure Club

Operating primarily in Montgomery County Public Schools, it works with families eligible for DSS benefits to make the program affordable. For more information, visit http://www.the-adventureclub.com or call 540-382-3783.


New River Community Action Head Start Programs (Including NRCC Early Learning Center)

NRCA offers comprehensive developmental services to children aged 3-5. For information visit http://newrivercommunityaction.org/head-start-2/ or call 540-633-5133.


Radford Early Learning Center

Children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. For more information, visit https://www.rainbowccc.com/radford/.


Rainbow Riders

Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. For more information, visit http://www.rainbow-riders.org/ or call 540-951-3636.


TAP Head Start

TAP is now accepting applications for children 6 weeks to 30 months of age. For more information, please see the following flyers, arranged by locality:


Valley Interfaith

For income-eligible families of children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. For more information visit http://www.valleyinterfaithchildcarecenter.org or call 540-951-8101.


YMCA of Pulaski County

Income eligible families may qualify for the Early Head Start for 6 week-olds through 2 years old. Private-pay and DSS-eligible families may take advantage of their classrooms for 2-4 year olds. For more information visit http://www.pulaskiymca.org or call 540-980-3671. The YMCA is located at 615 Oakhurst Avenue in Pulaski.



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