June 20, 2018


Grant Provides Child Care Services For Student-Parents Finishing Their Degrees


AUSTIN - A strong supporter of increasing access to higher education for South Texans, Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) is pleased to announce that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will receive a $1.5 million grant to offer eligible student-parents full-day care for their children.

"I am excited for this grant's potential to bring even more opportunity to the people of South Texas," said Guillen.

The U.S. Department of Education grant will enable UTGRV's Child Development Center to take in sixty to sixty-five children in the fall and spring semesters and thirty children over the summer for the next four years. Student-parents may drop off and pick up their child anytime between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm. While parents attend classes, their children will receive meals and learn concepts on an age-based, state-approved curriculum.

To qualify for the program, UTRGV students must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates and meet the requirements for a Pell Grant, a financial need-based federal aid program. Additionally, their children must be between the ages of three months and five years old. With no cost and more time to study, student-parents will have the chance to take more classes and finish their degrees faster.

Representative Guillen has been a longtime champion of UTRGV. He supported the establishment of UTRGV and recently helped secure $12.2 million worth of state funds for the expansion of its medical school.

"Higher education is a clear path to livelihood improvement, and I look forward to seeing how this grant will provide South Texans that path," added Guillen.

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and