Brief History of the Program

1967 Educational Systems Corporation, a private educational research company, developed the original CAMP concept for the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), which was created as part of the Johnson Administration's War on Poverty.

1972 The first CAMP grants were awarded to:
- Adams State College in Alamos, Colorado;
- California State College in San Diego, California;
- Pan American University (now University of Texas Pan American) in Edinburg, Texas
- Saint Edward's University in Austin, Texas.

1980 CAMP was transferred to the newly created Department of Education.

1982 There were 6 CAMP projects. The number of projects would remain relatively constant until 1999.

1993 CAMP projects received their first five-year grant award, previously grants had to be renewed annually.

1995 President Clinton submitted a budget proposing zero funding for CAMP. The decision spurred outrage from migrant education advocates who spearheaded a campaign to save the programs. As a result, the Congress agreed that the programs were a necessary and vital investment in the future, and funds were appropriated for the 1996-1998 grant years.

1999 CAMP was included as part of the Clinton Administration's "Hispanic Education Action Plan." The programs received their first significant funding increase since the early 1980s. Twelve additional CAMP projects were awarded - a record number for the programs.

2000 CAMP funding was increased to $7 million. Eight new CAMP projects were added.

2001 Another record funding year for the programs - CAMP received $10 million, enabling the Department of Education to add 10 additional CAMP projects.

2002 Program funding was increased to $15 million, adding 13 additional projects.

2006 On October 1, CAMP was granted to Washington State University with a budget of $2 million over 5 years.

2012 On July 1, CAMP was re-granted to Washington State University with a budget of $2.2 million over 5 years.

2017 CAMP was re-granted to Washington State University

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