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Helping women to succeed in higher education: Supporting student-parents with child care

October 19, 2017

The Problem

Women have surpassed men in college enrollment, with this trend particularly pronounced for nontraditional students, including part-time and older students. These two groups face significant challenges in higher education. For the 4.8 million college students who are parents, high-quality, reliable, and affordable child care is essential.

The Proposal

Long proposes building on the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program to structure an institutional grant program that better supports the availability of high-quality child care for parents pursuing postsecondary credentials (student-parents). Compared with the existing federal program, the proposed program would be larger and better targeted to address the substantial needs of low-income student-parents. 

Abstract

Women have surpassed men in college enrollment. This trend is particularly pronounced among nontraditional students, including part-time and older students—two groups that face significant challenges in higher education. For the 4.8 million college students who are parents, high-quality, reliable, and affordable child care is essential. Long proposes building on the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program to structure an institutional grant program that better supports the availability of high-quality child care for parents pursuing postsecondary credentials (student-parents). Compared with the existing federal program, the proposed program would be larger and better targeted to address the substantial needs of low-income student-parents.

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