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Student Parent Success Initiative

Student Parent Success Initiative

Project Description

SPSI logo

SPSI 1Most college students are now “nontraditional” and 27 percent of community college students have children. To make dramatic increases in the number of students with postsecondary credentials, which the president has identified as a crucial step in strengthening the U.S. economy, we must make supports such as child care available to student parents. Recent IWPR research shows that community colleges have only 1 child care slot for every ten students who need services.

IWPR’s recently launched project, the Student Parent Success Initiative, focused on supporting students with dependent children who are pursuing college education. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the project gives IWPR the opportunity to initiate new research and foster communication and collaboration among advocates, policymakers, and practitioners invested in the success of student parents in postsecondary education.

The project’s primary goals are to:

  • Raise awareness and educate institutional leaders and policy makers on the need for and importance of student parent supports to achieve the goal of increasing postsecondary participation and graduation rates within the United States;
  • Improve public policies and resources that encourage and provide support for low-income parents to achieve postsecondary credentials; and,
  • Increase knowledge-sharing about how to replicate and expand successful support programs that assist low-income parents to achieve postsecondary credentials.

IWPR’s role is to serve as a nexus for information by:

  • Networking and informing policy makers and advocates by organizing convenings facilitating online networking, and engaging policymakers and thought leaders to inform public policies;
  • Conducting and commissioning research on resources and supports that help student parents succeed in postsecondary education; and,
  • Informing practice and inspiring investment by creating toolkits, trainings, and other materials for wide distribution.

Appearances and Events

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One of the goals of the Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI) is to raise awareness and educate institutional leaders and policy makers on the importance of student parent supports to achieve increasing postsecondary participation and graduation rates within the United States.  In addition to SPSI publications, the project participates in appearances and events to further disseminate information.  Please see below for a list of appearances and events. Select an event to view associated materials or presentations.

Appearances & Events

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The Role of Child Care for Low Income Families and Children-Joan Lombardi

Lombardi-Powerpoint-presentation_pdf.pdf — PDF document, 623 kB (638391 bytes)

NABSW Smith and Lewis Presentation

NABSW Smith and Lewis Presentation.pdf — PDF document, 1483 kB (1519505 bytes)

Educational Investment in Two Generations of Learners

NABSW Smith and Lewis Presentation.pdf — PDF document, 1483 kB (1519505 bytes)

Educational Investment in Two Generations of Learners

NABSW Smith and Lewis Presentation.pdf — PDF document, 1483 kB (1519505 bytes)

Monthly Newsletter

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The Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI), a project of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, is designed to improve supports and services for student parents seeking postsecondary education. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, SPSI serves to initiate new research, raise awareness on the need for student parent supports, and foster communication and collaboration among advocates, policymakers, educators, and practitioners. Please check back often for new installments of the Student Parent Success Initiative's monthly Newsletter.

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Closing the Financial Gap for Low-Income Student Parents

Closing the Financial Gap for Low-Income Student Parents_IWPRwebinar.pdf — PDF document, 974 kB (998284 bytes)

Student Parents and Postsecondary Success – Research, Policy, and Practices

PowerPoint presentation

NCTN SPSI Presentation-KMiller-Mary Gatta.pdf — PDF document, 569 kB (582701 bytes)

Prepublication Draft--Opportunities for Low-Income Women and Student Parents In Science, Technology, Engineering and Math At Community Colleges

Pre-Publication--Low income women and STEM.pdf — PDF document, 327 kB (334850 bytes)

Student Parents in Postsecondary Education and the Need for Child Care

WEJ Briefing - Student Parents and Child Care.pdf — PDF document, 411 kB (420973 bytes)

Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Women and Student Parents in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at Community Colleges

About this Report

This report analyzes trends in women’s representation in Science, Technology Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields of study at community colleges, as well as promising institutional and broader policy initiatives for improving recruitment, retention, and completion rates for women students in general and student parents in particular. This report is a product of IWPR’s Student Parent Success Initiative, a multifaceted project designed to share knowledge, raise awareness, and improve public policies to support positive outcomes for low-income student parents seeking higher education.

About the Author

Cynthia Costello, Ph.D., is a consultant and the author of IWPR’s report, Opportunities for Low-Income Women and Student Parents in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at Community Colleges. Dr. Costello has held senior leadership positions at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute/Harvard University, the Women’s Research and Education Institute, and Families USA. Her publications include a five-volume series, The American Woman, and a number of reports on women’s issues, economic security, education, employment, health care, and aging issues.

Podcast

A number of public policy efforts are focused on increasing the number of U.S. adults with postsecondary credentials, and especially degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Efforts to improve economic outcomes through STEM degree attainment, however, are likely to be much more successful if they address and work to ameliorate longstanding segregation by sex and race in STEM education.

Some of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. economy are in STEM fields with total employment predicted to increase at a considerably faster rate than the labor market as a whole. While overall employment is projected to increase by 10 percent between 2008 and 2018, some STEM sub-specialties are expected to expand by 20 or 30 percent.

This podcast features Cynthia B. Costello, Ph.D., sharing findings from a new IWPR report on the declining number of women entering the vital and fast growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Women and Student Parents in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at Community Colleges (pdf)

Press Clips

CNN- Fewer Women Enrolling in STEM Classes at Community Colleges (March 22, 2012)

Chronicle of Higher Education-Community Colleges Should Urge Women to Pursue Science and Math Careers, Report Says (March 20, 2012)

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Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Women and Student Parents in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at Community Colleges

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Podcast-Women in STEM Careers

Cynthia B. Costello, Ph.D.

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For Media Inquiries-STEM report

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STEM Release Presentation-Brown

STEM Release presentation-Brown.pdf — PDF document, 764 kB (783054 bytes)

STEM Release Presentation-Costello

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STEM Release Presentation-Wosczyna-Birch

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Online Learning and Student Parents: Benefits, Challenges and Future Directions

Online Learning PPT_complete_FINAL.pdf — PDF document, 2303 kB (2358901 bytes)

Prepping Colleges for Parents

Prepping Colleges for Parents 7.1.2013.pdf — PDF document, 492 kB (504323 bytes)

Student Parents and Financial Aid

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Graduate Parent Support (GPS)

University of Alabama
Location:
Tuscaloosa, AL, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
  • Counseling
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
University of Alabama Graduate Students who have children
Program Description:

Graduate Parent Support was created in the fall of 2009 by the University of Alabama’s Graduate School to help provide support for graduate students who have children.  We understand that it can be difficult to be both a student and a parent; therefore we are here to be your advocate and help you be successful in your diverse roles.The goal of the GPS program is to provide an innovative and accessible academic, social, and emotional support system for graduate students who have children.

Contact Information:

Name: Cori Perdue
E-mail: cmperdue@crimson.ua.edu
Program Website: http://www.gps.ua.edu/

Access and Success

St. Catherine University (MN)
Location:
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Advocacy
  • Childcare-Services
  • Childcare-Subsidies
  • Counseling
  • Financial-Services
  • Housing-Services
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
  • child-friendly study areas, lactation rooms, laptop loan program
Eligibility:
any student who is raising a child, regardless of degree level or income.
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Evaluation Available Upon request
Program Description:

For over 20 years the Access and Success program at St. Catherine University has provided a comprehensive services to students raising children. The Access and Success program is staffed by licensed social workers. The program is voluntary and works to build on the existing strengths of student parents while supporting areas of challenge.

Staff focus on creating relationships of support with students raising children and linking them with with resources and services they need to be successful. Resources can be either on or off campus and can include affordable housing and childcare, financial assistance or personal counseling. Our staff are skilled in offering support and assistance to address various personal, academic and family issues which can arise. This might include advocacy, referrals in a crisis, as well as assistance with problem solving, parenting and personal support.

Access and Success also offers programs to meet the unique and diverse needs of student parents. Our Steps to Success program offers intensive one-to-one support to traditional-aged students enrolled in the Day Baccalaureate program who face particular challenges. Our Mother to Mother program builds leadership skills through training and speaking events to local pregnant and parenting teens about the value of additional education/training after high school.

Each year Access and Success serves approximately 470 unduplicated students, serving approximately 50% of the overall student population at the University.

Contact Information:

Name: Joan Demeules, Program Director
E-mail: jmdemeules@stkate.edu
Phone Number: 651-690-7870
Program Website: http://minerva.stkate.edu/offices/administrative/access.nsf

Generation Hope

Washington, DC
Location:
Washington DC, DC, us
Program Affiliation:
  • Non-Profit
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Childcare-Services
  • Counseling
  • Classes
  • Material-Supports
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
To be eligible a student MUST: 1) Be a teen parent (defined as having a child by the age of 19) and be age 25 or younger at the time of application submission. 2) Be raising or actively involved in their child's life (defined by regular support and care of your child). 3) Be attending - or planning to attend - college starting the Fall 2014 semester in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area (Washington, DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia) and seeking an undergraduate two or four-year degree. 4) Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average. 5) Be a US Citizen or legal US Resident. 6) Submit a coper of their Student Aid Report (SAR) or proof of FASFA submission -- Applying for Aid help can be found on our Scholar Program Description webpage! 7) Be planning to take a minimum of 6 credits each semester.
Program Description:

Generation Hope logoREDUCING POVERTY ONE FAMILY AT A TIME BY PROVIDING DIRECT SPONSORSHIPS AND ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING TO TEEN PARENTS WHO ARE PURSUING COLLEGE DEGREES IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C. METRO AREA.

 

Generation Hope is the only community-based nonprofit organization solely focused on college completion for teen parents in the D.C. area and is a rarity across the United States. In fact, Generation Hope has been recognized by The Washington Post,"NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," and "The Steve Harvey Show" for its innovative work.

 

Founded in 2010, Generation Hope selects teen mothers and teen fathers who have displayed academic achievement and a desire to go to college to become Scholars in the Generation Hope Scholar Program. Teen parents are often dismissed by school officials and others when it comes to their potential to pursue higher education.  Generation Hope presents college-readiness workshops in the community throughout the year to identify and recruit promising students to our program.  Once accepted, Generation Hope provides each Scholar with two supports that we believe increase the likelihood that they will obtain their college degree; up to $2,400 per year in tuition assistance and one-on-one mentoring.  Additionally, Scholars receive an increased network of support from the extended family that the program provides to them and to their young children.  This support stays with Scholars until they earn their two or four-year degree.

 

Generation Hope's Scholars are among the most ambitious and driven college students you will ever meet.  They are all parenting while pursuing two and four-year degrees.  Incoming Scholars have an average 3.5 GPA, with 70% of  Scholars increasing their GPA's after just one semester in Generation Hope's program. Generation Hope's recent 2013 Scholar class consisted of 13 amazing young women, and continues to have amazing Scholar applicants.  A link to past, present, and future Scholars' amazing stories can be found right here! http://supportgenerationhope.org/meet-our-scholars

 

Generation Hope Sponsors directly invest in our Scholars with both their time and financial giving. Their generosity has provided $25,000 in college tuition support to these young parents and have taken an active part in mentoring them in their journey to become college graduates.  We are seeing the fruits of this investment -- 70% of Scholars increased their GPA after just one semester in our the Scholar Program.  Generation Hope's incredible Sponsors are investing time, energy and resources in ensuring that teen parents have the same chances at a college degree and success as their peers.



Contact Information:

Name: Caroline Griswold
E-mail: caroline@supportgenerationhope.org
Phone Number: 202 642-5649
Program Website: http://supportgenerationhope.org/

Center for the Education of Women

University of Michigan
Location:
Ann Arbor, MI, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Classes
  • Financial-Services
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
Eligibility:
Counseling Services and most events are open to the public. Scholarship and emergency funds are available only to University of Michigan students.
Program Description:

Founded 50 years ago, the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) is dedicated to encouraging and enhancing the education and careers of adult women through programs and services, advocacy and research.  An integral part of CEW is the client-centered, integrative life counseling offered free of charge to women and men from the University and the broader community, which is supplemented by workshops, speakers and events throughout the academic year.  CEW serves as the administrative home of campus wide initiatives serving women faculty and staff of color; CEW also convenes and staffs the University-wide President’s Advisory Commission on Women’s Issues.  CEW offers approximately 40 privately funded scholarships each year to nontraditional students who have experienced a break in their education progress. Finally, CEW’s research and advocacy work provides a gendered lens by which to understand economic and social policy in Michigan through the Michigan Partners Project.

Contact Information:

E-mail: contactcew@umich.edu
Phone Number: 734-764-6005
Program Website: http://www.cew.umich.edu

Student Parent Success Initiative: Tools & Toolkits

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Self-Sufficiency Program (SSP)

University of Wisconsin- La Crosse
Location:
La Crosse, WI, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Classes
Eligibility:
Applicants must have a high school diploma, a GED, HSED, or some college credits as long as they have not completed a bachelor's degree; must be self-designated as low-income. SSP primarily serves parents, but applicants without children are considered for admission
Program Description:

The Self-Sufficiency Program (SSP) encourages low-income parents to enroll in post-secondary education by offering a free, semester-length college preparation course. Over 14 weeks, students develop a foundation of critical thinking, writing, reading, and math skills; become familiar with the process of applying for admission and financial aid; and set personal educational and career goals. The class meets one to two evenings per week and free childcare is provided on-site during the class meetings. SSP graduates often continue on to two-year and four-year colleges and can qualify for a local cash scholarship for their first four semesters in school as long as they remain in good academic standing.

 

Contact Information:

Name: SSP needs (Andrea Hansen, Director)
E-mail: ahansen@uwlax.edu
Phone Number: 608.785.8733
Program Website: http://www.uwlax.edu/ssp/

The Oklahoma Single Mothers Academic Resource Team (SMART)

Oklahoma City, OK
Location:
Oklahoma City, OK, us
Program Affiliation:
  • Non-Profit
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Enrollment Services
Eligibility:
SMART is available to make presentations to student parent groups during day, evening, and weekend hours.
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Oklahoma Single Mothers Academic Resources Team (SMART) identifies pathways for single parent students to enroll in and complete higher education programs. SMART is collaboratively funded by the Women's Foundation of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. SMART partners with colleges, universities, agencies, and non-profit foundations to educate single mothers on how to succeed in college. SMART aims to teach student parents about academic resources, family support needs, and financial aid through no-cost presentations, a SMART magazine, and the SMART website.

Contact Information:

Name: JoAnna Wall, Statewide Coodinator
E-mail: jwall@osrhe.edu
Phone Number: (405) 225-9100
Program Website: http://www.smartok.org/

Counseling Services

Fox Valley Technical College (WI)
Location:
Appleton and Oshkosh, WI, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Counseling
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
All students at Fox Valley Technical College
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton and Oshkosh, Wisconsin, offers one-on-one counseling and group Starting Point workshops. Staff counselors provide career, personal, academic, crisis, alcohol and drug abuse, and financial counseling plus internal and external referrals to help students begin college and for retention purposes. Services are offered to help female and male displaced homemakers and single parent students become oriented to college life and expectations. Starting Point workshops include topics such as: assertiveness, goal setting, stress management, and writing successful scholarship applications, among others.

 

Contact Information:

Name: Counseling and Advising Services
E-mail: counselingcntr@fvtc.edu
Phone Number: 920-735-5696 or 920-236-6101
Program Website: http://www.fvtc.edu/admissions-overview/support-services/counseling-services

Project Independence Program

Portland Community College (OR)
Location:
Portland, OR, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Counseling
  • Classes
Eligibility:
Typical participants are single mothers; divorced, separated, or displaced homeworkers; widowed; undecided about a career; survivor of domestic violence; in recovery; experiencing anxiety about returning to school; or in college for the first time
Program Description:

Project Independence at Portland Community College in Oregon is a free credit-bearing course to prepare women for college life. Designed for single mothers and other non-traditional adult students, it addresses a range of topics including: Career & Life Planning; Values Clarification; Introduction to Assertiveness; College Survival & Success; and Overcoming Math Anxiety. The intent is to explore career and life options and gain self-confidence with a cohort of women in an educational setting. Project Independence also provides on-going personal and academic support, limited childcare scholarships, limited help with transportation, and a comfortable place to learn in college.

 

Contact Information:

Name: Women's Resource Center
Phone Number: 971-722-5249
Program Website: http://www.pcc.edu/resources/women/cascade/project-independence.html

Family Resource Center

Los Angeles Valley College
Location:
Valley Glen, CA, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Classes
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
  • Infant and Toddler Playgroups
Eligibility:
LAVC student and community parents and their infants and toddlers.
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Evaluation Available Upon request
Program Description:

The LAVC Family Resource Center serves students, families, and the community, from pre-natal through adulthood. The FRC faculty and staff have been trained by the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Harvard University and have integrated their strength-based approach as a foundation for working with families.

Infant and Toddler Play Groups are the core of a myriad of family support services, reflecting a two-generation approach. FRC faculty and staff have been trained by the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Harvard University and have integrated their strength-based approach as a foundation for working with families. Playgroups are led by a Child Development instructor whose goal is to promote the relationship between the parent and child and to create a system of support for the parents.

Staff utilizes a case management approach and connects families to targeted college, as well as local community services. The FRC serves as a college instructional lab for nursing and child development students, which includes high schools students who learn about the importance and methods of supporting the entire family when working with young children.

Contact Information:

Name: Marni Roosevelt
E-mail: roosevm@lavc.edu
Phone Number: 818 778-5529
Program Website: http://lavc-frc.tumblr.com

Undergraduate Parent Support (UPS)

The University of Alabama
Location:
Tuscaloosa, AL, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Advocacy
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
Graduate or undergraduate students with children
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Undergraduate and Graduate Parent Support programs at the University of Alabama provide an innovative and accessible academic, social, and emotional support system for student parents. GPS and UPS help to create new programs and assistance for participants, as well as implement multiple family-friendly campus events to help student parents access campus and community resources, develop social networks of support, and have a presence on campus. For example, they hold a Family Resource Fair every year in partnership with at least 15 partner organizations, including the public library, a local family resource center, and the campus outdoor recreation department. They maintain a website with links to a range of services and partner agencies and hold an interactive summer camp expo each spring. In addition to resource links, the website hosts forums that provide a centralized platform for students to communicate about various topics related to balancing academics and family. Partnerships with a local child care center and two housing complexes secured discounts for student parents using those services. GPS and UPS created and implement a highly successful “Sitters for Service” program that provides student parents with 30 hours of free babysitting each semester.

Contact Information:

Name: Jade Watters
E-mail: gps@ua.edu
Program Website: http://www.gps.ua.edu/aboutourprograms

Undergrad Student Parents and Grad Parent Networks

University of California- San Diego
Location:
San Diego, PA, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Childcare-Services
  • Financial-Services
  • Housing-Services
  • Referrals
  • Subsidy-Programs
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
Student parents and their families
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The University of California at San Diego Undergrad Student Parents and Grad Parents Networks work with the UCSD Health, Recreation, and Well-being office to advocate for and help design resources to support student parents. These services include child-friendly study rooms in campus libraries, access to recreation and swimming facilities for families, pregnancy and lactation resources, and a student parent email list. The Student Parents Network also provides resources for housing, finances, child care, family counseling, part-time and leave options, and transportation. The group sought and won a policy that allows student parents to apply for priority enrollment for classes, so they can balance their school and family schedules more easily. Student parents find out about the network through outreach at orientations to campus, the campus women's center, and flyers around campus. In addition, the founder of the group created a webpage describing available resources for student parents. UCSD's office of Health, Recreation, and Well-being supports the part-time employment of an intern to staff the network.

Contact Information:

E-mail: studentparents@ucsd.edu.
Program Website: https://students.ucsd.edu/well-being/wellness-resources/student-parents/index.html

CNM Connect

Central New Mexico Community College
Location:
Albuquerque, NM, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Counseling
  • Financial-Services
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
All students
Program Evaluation Available:
Download here
Program Description:

All students at the five campuses of Central New Mexico Community College have access to CNM Connect – coordinated services and supports to promote student success. CNM Connect started in 2006 as a pilot focused on high need students, based on the Center for Working Families model developed with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Center for Working Families approach seeks to provide at-risk families a central location to receive key economic support services, with the goal of increasing earnings and income, reducing financial transactions costs and building individual and community wealth. Now available to all students, the CNM Connect program is designed to promote student connections to the college and access to academic supports, financial aid and asset building, and linkages to needed services. Support for academic achievement includes help with academic planning, study skills, and time management while balancing work and family with school. CNM also offers Assistance Centers for Education that hold small-group learning support services. Student parents make up 55 percent of the students who access CNM Connect services. The student team success leaders and achievement coaches that staff each Connect center are trained to address the concerns of student parents. A 2012 report sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation identified CNM Connect as a highly successful model. For example, the retention rate for students who accessed services during the 2010–2011 school year through CNM Connect was 85 percent, compared to 71 percent for all first-time students.

Contact Information:

Name: Main Connect Office
Phone Number: (505) 224-3186
Program Website: http://www.cnm.edu/student-resources/get-help/our-story

Keys to Degrees- Single Parent Program

Endicott College (MA)
Location:
Beverly, MA, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Childcare-Services
  • Housing-Services
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
Academically qualified single men and women, ages 18 to 24 at the time of their enrollment, who are the parents of one child
Program Description:

At Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, new student parents must go to the campus academic support center starting their first semester. Students engage in appropriate tutoring until they are able to maintain a 3.0 average. The tutoring is tailored to the needs of the student, including study skills, review of specific course work, and making up for class-time lost if the parent had to miss a class due to their parental responsibilities or other issues. They also coach students to communicate with faculty about their status as a parent and explain any challenges they are having related to being a parent. Student parents may also enroll in additional courses during a January break or during the summer to spread out their course requirements over the year. Endicott can provide housing for students year-round as well. Endicott Keys to Degrees staff receive regular updates on academic performance in order to flag issues and offer students support as early as possible. Endicott additionally assists students parents in finding child care and other services

Contact Information:

Name: Pam Miles
E-mail: pmiles@endicott.edu
Phone Number: 978-232-2011
Program Website: http://www.endicott.edu/StudentLife/Keys-Degrees-Prog/Single-Parent-Program.aspx

Single Mothers Achieving Real Triumph (SMART) Program

Lakeland Community College
Location:
Kirtland, OH, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Counseling
  • Classes
  • Financial-Services
  • Material-Supports
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
Participants must be mothers, new students (first or second semester in college), have demonstrated financial need, attend school on Tuesdays/Thursdays (at least 6 credits), and be available to attend workshops.
Program Description:

The Single Mothers Achieving Real Triumph (SMART) program at Lakeland Community College in Ohio uses a peer cohort model to help student parents negotiate academic life and connect to campus resources they might not otherwise find. As a group, participants take an English class and Skills for College Success, equaling six credits. The skills course covers such topics as how to interact with college professors and administrators, study skills, and the importance of note-taking and class-participation. Students also receive financial support in the form of a gas or Walmart gift card.

Contact Information:

E-mail: vwilliams@lakelandcc.edu
Phone Number: (440) 525-7322
Program Website: http://lakelandcc.edu/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=ec176b5f-8651-4483-8735-2dcb78b7393c&groupId=442882

Baby Bears @ Cal

University of California- Berkeley
Location:
Berkeley, CA, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Financial-Services
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
Expectant and new parents
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Baby Bears @ Berkeley program at the University of California is designed specifically to provide academic flexibility so that pregnant and parenting students can continue to progress toward degree completion. Students receive help with reduced courseload planning and strategies and requesting academic accommodations. Specific campus policies exist regarding delayed admission, stopping out, withdrawal and readmission for students with parenting responsibilities. Baby Bears also provides students with the resources necessary to find access to financial aid, child care, housing, and other services. Baby Bears is part of a larger comprehensive effort to serve student parents.

Contact Information:

Name: Ginelle Perez
E-mail: ginelle@berkeley.edu
Phone Number: 510.642.4257
Program Website: http://trsp.berkeley.edu/studentparents.shtml

Rio Salado College Online Programs

Rio Salado College
Location:
Tempe, AZ, us
Off-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Classes
  • Online courses
Eligibility:
All students
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, is a leader in adapting online technologies for postsecondary education. Currently more than 100 associate degree, certificate and transfer programs are available through Rio Salado. Rio Salado does not have a student parent program per se, but allows students great flexibility to schedule their education to fit their life circumstances rather than follow a traditional academic calendar. Students can start their coursework at one of more than 40 start dates a year, and allows students to control the length of their courses with the option of eight-, twelve- or sixteen-week courses. Rio Salado also makes technical, instructional and other support services available to registered students online and available 24 hours a day.

Contact Information:

Name: Student Affairs
E-mail: Academic.Advisement@riosalado.edu
Phone Number: 480-517-8540
Program Website: http://www.riosalado.edu/riolearn/Pages/default.aspx

Child Development Center and Lab School

Oklahoma City Community College
Location:
Oklahoma City, OK, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
Eligibility:
All families
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Evaluation Available Upon request
Program Description:

The Oklahoma City Community College Child Development Center and Lab School provides care for children 6 weeks to kindergarten age within the Family and Community Education Center facility. The center serves students, faculty, and members of the community with a traditional full day program that receives the top state rating for child care quality and is nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The program also offers student scheduled drop-in care for children whose parent/guardians in class by reservation at the rate of $10 per child per 3-hour session. The reservations are made for a complete semester, scheduled to match the student-parent’s course schedule.

Contact Information:

Name: Dr. Barb Carter
E-mail: MMcCoy@occc.edu
Phone Number: 405-682-7561
Program Website: http://www.occc.edu/childdev/index.html

Family Child Care Network

California State University- Northridge
Location:
Northridge, CA, us
Off-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
Eligibility:
Eligible families include low- to moderate-income families with children from ages three months to twelve years. At least one parent must be a CSUN student enrolled in a minimum of six academic units going towards a degree objective. Proof of student status, income and need will be required.
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Family Child Care Network at California State University, Northridge, is a program of the Associated Students Children's Center. The Network Coordinator links parents to participating independently owned and operated licensed family child care homes in the community. The Network Coordinator screens the homes and works with providers to support the quality of care children receive. Eligible student parents receive state or federal aid in paying for care.

Contact Information:

Name: Children's Center
Phone Number: (818) 677-2012
Program Website: http://www.csun.edu/as/family-child-care

Family Resources

Arizona State University
Location:
Tempe, AZ, us
Off-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Advocacy
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Arizona State University (ASU) provides child care resource and referral services as one of many family supports available through a Family Resource program on campus. Resource and referral services include support and information about on and off campus child care options.

Contact Information:

Name: ASU Family Resources
E-mail: Maureen.Duane@asu.edu
Phone Number: 480.965.9723
Program Website: http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/reslife/family/index.htm

Family Connections of Lane and Douglas Counties

Lane Community College
Location:
Eugene, OR, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Referrals
  • Referrals to child care providers
Program Description:

Students at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon have access to no-cost assistance finding child care through a child care resource and referral center located on campus. Family Connections of Lane and Douglas Counties is one of 13 community-based referral centers that are part of a statewide network supported in part by the state Child Care Division within the Department of Employment. Staff are specially trained to assist parents in finding the right child care for them.

Contact Information:

Name: Heather O'Leary
E-mail: o'learyh@lanecc.edu
Phone Number: (541) 463-3954
Program Website: http://www.lanecc.edu/lfc

Child and Family Center

Madison Area Technical College
Location:
Madison , WI, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Subsidies
  • Material-Supports
Eligibility:
Any students seeking child care
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Evaluation Available Upon request
Program Description:

The Madison Area Technical College Child and Family Center uses funding from a federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/campisp/index.html), the student activity board, and the Madison College Foundation to provide some several scholarships available to qualified students.

Contact Information:

Name: Child and Family Centers
Phone Number: (608) 246-6766; (608) 258-2424
Program Website: http://madisoncollege.edu/cfc

Life Impact Program

University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Location:
Milwaukee, WI, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Counseling
  • Financial-Services
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
Disadvantaged parents
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Evaluation Available Upon request
Program Description:

The Life Impact Program at the University of WI - Milwaukee assists disadvantaged parents in their efforts to attain a higher education. The program provides participants with a $5,000 renewable scholarship as well as academic, professional and personal support. Program scholars work with a Life Coach team who serves as a first point of contact for all concerns and provides resources and referrals to campus and community programs. Life Impact Scholars have access to student parent workshops, family friendly events, support groups, post-graduation support and emergency funds. To date, program efforts have resulted in 84.2% graduation and retention rate for the 142 UWM student parents that have been served. Of the program graduates, 100% have reported employment and/or are seeking advanced degrees within 6-9 months of graduation. The Life Impact Program was established in 2005 through a generous donation from the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation. Along with their continued support, funding from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation has allowed Life Impact to expand and extend their program services.

Contact Information:

E-mail: mycoach@uwm.edu
Phone Number: (414)229-6626
Program Website: http://www4.uwm.edu/lifeimpact/

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund

Location:
Athens, GA, us
Program Affiliation:
  • Non-Profit
Program Services Offered:
  • Material-Supports
Eligibility:
Low-income women, age 35 and older, pursuing technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree; most recipients are the head of their household and almost half are the first in their family to attend college; must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund awarded funding to 85 women in 2012. Scholarships are available to low-income women age 35 and older who are pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree. Most scholarship recipients (81 percent) are the heads of their households, and 49 percent are the first in the family to attend college.

Contact Information:

E-mail: info@rankinfoundation.org
Program Website: http://www.rankinfoundation.org/

Young Student Parent Program

Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College
Location:
Cloquet, MN, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
  • Tribal College
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Financial-Services
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
Target group is male and female students that are parenting and/or expecting a child, and are between the ages of 18-35 years old. Student parents that are near the target age and are parenting young children will be accepted. As part of our outreach effort, we also accept young parents in the community that are thinking of returning to school.
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Young Student Parent Program at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Minnesota offers a range of concrete and social supports to student parents between the ages of 18-25. The community college partners with the Carlton County public health nurses and the Fond du Lac Reservation public health nurses. Student parents who join the program can receive academic advising, access to special workshops and presentations, free tutoring services, nutrition education, financial counseling, parenting and parent/child classes, free health screenings and immunizations, connections and referrals to on-campus and off-campus services and activities. The program activities, one-on-one sessions with the coordinator, public health nurse home visits, tutoring sessions, and involvement in student activities earn students points for rewards such as gas cards, grocery cards, bookstore gift certificates, and Wal-Mart gift cards.

Contact Information:

Name: Tina Alcala
E-mail: talcala@fdltcc.edu
Phone Number: 218-879-0890
Program Website: http://www.fdltcc.edu/academics/departments/special/youngstudentparent/

Family Economic $ecurity Program (FE$P)

Norwalk Community College
Location:
Norwalk, CT, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Financial-Services
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
Questionnaire available to determine eligibility
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Evaluation Available Upon request
Program Description:

Norwalk Community College in Connecticut operates the Family Economic $ecurity Program (FE$P) in partnership with community foundations. FE$P started its work with a pilot, serving small cohorts of students with children to help them meet their personal, career, financial and academic goals through direct financial support and intensive individualized coaching. Based on the research from the pilot, the college now intends to institutionalize the best practices to serve all students with children. Students will continue to receive specialized scholarships, free financial education, achievement coaching and family friendly activities. An online resource – Cash Course – is available to help with budgeting and planning.

Contact Information:

Name: Kristina Testa-Buzzee
E-mail: KTesta-Buzzee@norwalk.edu
Phone Number: (203) 857-7220
Program Website: http://www.ncc.commnet.edu/fesp/

CareerAdvance

Tulsa, OK
Location:
Tulsa, OK, us
Off-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Non-Profit
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Financial-Services
  • Job-Training
  • Material-Supports
  • Subsidy-Programs
  • Support-Groups
Program Description:

CareerAdvance® uses a cohort model to support parents of children enrolled in Early Head Start/Head Start as they work to earn a progression of certificates and degrees that are in demand in the local health care field. Developed by Community Action Project (CAP) Tulsa, and expanded using a $10 million federal Health Professional Opportunities Grant (HPOG), the CareerAdvance® package includes several supportive components, including Career Coaches, performance incentives, direct links to employers, and family support workers. Career Coaches facilitate weekly peer group meetings with each cohort of student parents, and provide individualized academic and career counseling. CAP has formed partnerships with Tulsa Community College, the Tulsa Technology Center, the Union Public Schools district, and the Tulsa Workforce Investment Board as well as other community resources to implement CareerAdvance®.

Contact Information:

Phone Number: (918) 382-3200
Program Website: http://captulsa.org/families/family-advancement/careeradvance/

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

College of the Sequoias
Location:
Visalia, CA, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Counseling
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
Must be a full-time student, a California resident for at least one year and one day, qualify to receive a Board of Governors Fee Waiver, be educationally disadvantaged, complete the EOPS and FAFSA applications, meet income criteria, have not completed more than 40 college units, and provide assessment information
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

At the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California several programs are designed to help students facing educational and socioeconomic challenges – including balancing school and parenting - succeed as students. The stated goal of the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) initiative is to support disadvantaged students not only to succeed in community college but also to continue on to four-year universities. In addition to regular visits with program counselors, EOPS students participate in workshops together addressing personal development issues.

Contact Information:

E-mail: eops@cos.edu
Phone Number: (559) 730-3818
Program Website: http://www.cos.edu/StudentServices/StudentSupportServices/EOPS/Pages/default.aspx

Student Parent Help Center

University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Location:
Minneapolis, MN, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Student Parent Help Center at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities offers a range of supports and services to parents, including voluntary weekly Parents as Students Support (PASS) group lunch meetings designed to foster peer-to-peer connections. Using input from students, HELP center staff developed a mix of support group content – some structured presentations on requested topics and some intended to facilitate conversation among students. The foundation of the SPHC model is a thorough, hour-long intake process designed to both screen each student entering the program for state-sponsored child care grant eligibility and identify any academic, family or emotional needs the student might be presenting at program entry. The SPHC also utilizes their successful college enrolled student parents to conduct teen parent college encouragement activities in the greater community, providing real world success models for single teen parents and career presentation skills to SPHC involved students. The center offers comfortable space for conversations and a licensed social worker facilitates conversation.

Contact Information:

E-mail: sphc@umn.edu
Phone Number: 612-626-6015
Program Website: http://www.sphc.umn.edu/index.html

Transfer, Re-entry, and Student Parent Center

University of California- Berkeley
Location:
Berkeley, CA, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Classes
  • Financial-Services
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
  • Support-Groups
Eligibility:
Varies depending on specific programs within the Transfer, Re-Entry, and Student Parent Center
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Transfer, Re-Entry, and Student Parent Center at the University of California – Berkeley promotes social connectedness of students in multiple ways. One strategy is that the University offers a trilogy of credit-bearing courses for student parents to become oriented to college life, create a collaborative learning environment, build leadership skills, foster connections, involve children, and manage the transition into work. There also is a mentoring program that matches current University students with community college student parents to encourage them in their education and link them to resources they need to transition to the University.

Contact Information:

E-mail: trsp@berkeley.edu
Phone Number: 510.642.4257
Program Website: http://trsp.berkeley.edu/reentry.shtml

Single Stop USA

Locations in CA, FL, LA, MA, MS, MD, NY, and PA
Location:
New York, NY, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Non-Profit
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
  • Financial-Services
  • Referrals
Eligibility:
Community colleges
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Single Stop USA is a non-profit organization that is helping low-income people across the country gain access to multiple economic supports in partnership with trusted local agencies, such as community colleges. Single Stop provides access to screening for a range of government resources and legal, financial and tax preparation expertise. In 2012, Single Stop USA helped almost 32,000 community college students access benefits and services – including SNAP, WIC, TANF, SSI/DI, health insurance, and child care assistance - worth more than $60 million dollars. The Single Stop model places a full time Site Coordinator on-campus with access to an online benefits network. Single Stop is currently working with community colleges in eight states (CA, FL, LA, MA, MS, MD, NY, and PA) and several multi-site community college systems - the City University of New York, Miami Dade College and the City College of San Francisco.

Current Single Stop Sites:

Baton Rouge Community College (LA)
Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) (NY)
Bronx Community College (CUNY) (NY)
Bunker Hill Community College (MA)
City College of San Francisco (Ocean and Mission campuses) (CA)
College of Marin (CA)
Community College of Philadelphia (PA)
Contra Costa Community College (CA)
Delgado Community College (LA)
Essex County College (MD)
Guttman Community College (NY)
Hinds Community College (MS)
Hostos Community College (CUNY) (NY)
Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) (NY)
LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) (NY)
Miami Dade College (North, Wolfson, and Kendall campuses) (FL)
Queensborough Community College (CUNY) (NY)
Westchester Community College (NY)
Contact Information:

Name: Single Stop USA, New York Office
E-mail: info@singlestopusa.org
Phone Number: 212.480.2870
Program Website: http://www.singlestopusa.org/program/community-colleges/

Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) Initiative

Northampton County Community College
Location:
Bethlehem, PA, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Subsidies
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is working to integrate better understanding of low-income student needs and capacity to refer students to necessary on and off-campus resources throughout the college. Northampton in one of seven community colleges participating in the Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) initiative managed by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the American Association of Community Colleges. The goal of BACC is to help develop and integrate sustainable policies and practices that connect low-income students to an array of public benefits and community resources, such as food assistance, health care, and scholarship opportunities.

Contact Information:

Name: Maryann Haytmanek
Phone Number: 610-861-5350
Program Website: http://www.northampton.edu/student-resources/benefits-access-(bacc).htm

Bridge to Hope Program

University of Hawaii
Location:
Honolulu, HI, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Advocacy
  • Job-Training
  • Referrals
  • Employment opportunities
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Bridge to Hope program at the University of Hawaii is a partnership between the university and the State Department of Human Services offering on-campus employment and student support for First-to-Work public assistance participants enrolled full-time at any of the 10 University of Hawaii campuses (both CC and BA). There is no time limit for using post-secondary education activities to meet “non-core” requirements (up to 60 month TANF limit), and the State of Hawaii supports utilizing the post-secondary education option within JST (Job Skills Training). In addition to the VET (Vocational Education & Training) and JST options offered by TANF, Bridge to Hope offers a “third path” for those students unable to successfully transition to the required 20 hours of paid employment (or volunteer hours) for JST. This “third path” is a vestige of pre-2006 DRA rules changes and reduces the required “work activity” to a total of 20 hours a week of postsecondary education and on-campus work. Student parents may keep all of their on-campus wages rather than deduct them from their First-to-Work benefit. The initiative started in 2000 through a partnership between the university and the state Department of Human Services. The average student parent is a 34-year old single mother with three children. A survey of former Bridge to Hope participants found they earned a median hourly wage of $20.70.

Contact Information:

Name: Teresa Bill
E-mail: bthinfo@hawaii.edu
Phone Number: (808) 956-9313
Program Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/bridgetohope/index.htm

Ready to Work Program

Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Location:
Versailles, KY, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Financial-Services
  • Referrals
  • Work-study opportunities
Eligibility:
Contact college to determine eligibility
Program Evaluation Available:
Download here
Program Description:

The Ready to Work program is a long-established initiative to help mothers move their families out of welfare permanently through postsecondary education. Started in 1999 through a partnership between the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services, Ready to Work offers work-study opportunities, support services, and academic and employment counseling. A key component of Ready-to-Work are on campus coordinators financed through federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds, who help students to access financial aid, transportation and child care as well as develop and support their TANF funded work study placements.

Contact Information:

Name: Shauna King-Simms
E-mail: shauna.king-simms@kctcs.edu
Phone Number: 859-256-3301
Program Website: http://kctcs.edu/en/system_initiatives/ready-to-work.aspx

Buckner Family Transition Programs

Dallas, TX
Location:
Dallas, TX, us
Off-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Non-Profit
Program Services Offered:
  • Counseling
  • Financial-Services
  • Housing-Services
  • Subsidy-Programs
Eligibility:
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and be currently enrolled in an educational or vocational program. (Dallas – Applicants must not be in default on a student loan and have full custody of all children who will be entering the program. Lufkin- Program applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have completed the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA). Students currently enrolled in college or a training program with a minimum 2.0 GPA are also eligible for admission. Applicants must not be in default on a student loan and have full custody of all children who will be entering the program.)
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Buckner Family Place is a residential student parent support model developed through a partnership of Angelina College, a non-profit agency called Buckner Children and Family Services, and the Women’s Shelter of East Texas. Private funds helped build 40 apartments in a complex on college land with an on-site child development center and multiple support services available, including counseling, case management, and parent education and supports. There are seven different locations throughout Texas. The protected environment is helpful for the majority of mothers who have experienced domestic violence. Follow up data show that 60 percent of participants leave with a certificate or Associate’s degree.

Contact Information:

Name: Buckner Foundation
E-mail: http://www.buckner.org/family-transition-programs/
Phone Number: 214-758-8000
Program Website: http://www.buckner.org/family-transition-programs/

Family Scholar House, Inc.

Louisville, KT
Location:
Louisville, KY, us
Program Affiliation:
  • Non-Profit
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Financial-Services
  • Housing-Services
  • Job-Training
Eligibility:
Single-Parent Students must be single; have a child, children, or be pregnant, meet low-income housing requirements; have a high school diploma or GED; amd have the desire to pursue a college degree
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Family Scholar House, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a college degree. Family Scholar House provides a comprehensive continuum of services that target any barrier their parent scholars must overcome to obtain college degrees, achieve career-track employment, and attain and maintain self-sufficiency, including supportive housing, academic advising, and family support services. Currently, Family Scholar House had four campuses in Louisville. Family Scholar House developed public-private partnerships, creative collaborations and strong community buy-in to finance the array of services they provide, including housing. For example, federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, project-based Section 8 from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and support from private and public donors, including a grant from Louisville Metro’s Office of Community Services and Revitalization, all contribute to the overall budget of Family Scholar House.

Contact Information:

Name: Cathe Dykstra
E-mail: cdykstra@familyscholarhouse.org
Phone Number: 502.584-8090
Program Website: http://www.familyscholarhouse.org/

Women with Children Program

Wilson College (PA)
Location:
Chambersburg, PA, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Academic-Services
  • Childcare-Services
  • Housing-Services
  • Material-Supports
  • Referrals
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Women with Children program at Wilson College in Pennsylvania offers on – campus housing to single mothers with children (20 months and older) enrolled full-time in this four year college. There is a dedicated building for student families with common area playrooms, computer rooms, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Students may stay in residence through all academic year break periods without additional charges and may stay for the summers for an additional charge. The Wilson College Child Care Center offers services for children 20 months to 5 years old, and participants in the Women with Children program have priority placement. The college covers the cost of child care.

 

Contact Information:

Name: Katie Kough
E-mail: katherine.kough@wilson.edu
Phone Number: 717-262-2006 EXT. 2536
Program Website: http://www.wilson.edu/admissions/women-with-children-program/national-clearing-house/index.aspx

Brazos Community

Texas State Technical College
Location:
Waco, TX, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Housing-Services
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Texas State Technical College - Waco Campus operates Brazos Community, a housing area of duplexes and homes that is available to full-time students who are married or single with dependent children. The housing is sizable-- duplexes are available in 2 or 3 bedrooms options and homes have 3 or 4 bedrooms. Students pay rent, but at below market rates.

Contact Information:

Name: Jeremiah Bland
E-mail: jeremiah.bland@tstc.edu
Phone Number: 254.867.3824
Program Website: http://www.waco.tstc.edu/housing/

Children's Center

Montgomery County Community College
Location:
Blue Bell, PA, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
  • Childcare-Subsidies
Eligibility:
Children of students, faculty, and staff
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Children’s Center at Montgomery County Community College serves 72 children ages two through five. It is NAEYC accredited and top rated by Pennsylvania’s Keystone Stars quality rating system. They participate in Pennsylvania's PreK Counts program, which subsidizes costs for eligible families, and offer a preschool and toddler summer camp.

 

Contact Information:

Name: Debbie Ravacon
E-mail: dravacon@mc3.edu
Phone Number: 215-641-6618
Program Website: http://www.mc3.edu/student-resources/child-care

Child Development Center Laboratory

Chadron State College
Location:
Chadron, NE, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
Eligibility:
All children
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Chadron State College's Child Development Center Laboratory serves 47 children ages two through nine. They are NAEYC accredited and serve as an experiential learning site for students from their Family and Consumer Sciences, Education, and Special Education programs.

Contact Information:

Name: Lona Vroman
E-mail: lvroman@csc.edu
Phone Number: 308-432-6379
Program Website: http://www.csc.edu/appliedsciences/cdc/index.csc

Family and Child Care Center

Rockefeller University
Location:
New York, NY, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Graduate School
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Rockefeller is a world-renowned center for research and graduate education in bio-medical sciences, chemistry, bioinformatics, and physics. Their Family and Child Center serves 115 children, infants through age five, in 10 classrooms. Their families come from all over the world to study and work at Rockefeller. As many as 26 different languages are represented. Their teaching staff is also multinational and many of the teachers are bilingual.

Contact Information:

Name: Karen J. Booth
E-mail: Karen.Booth@rockefeller.edu
Program Website: http://www.rockefeller.edu/cfc/about/

Child Development Center

Pikes Peak Community College
Location:
Colorado Springs, CO, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
  • Referrals
  • Parent Resource Room
Eligibility:
Children of students, staff, and faculty
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The PPCC Child Development Centers are located on two separate campuses. They offer comprehensive educational child care services for children ages six weeks to five years. Each has a Parent Resource Room where community resources and parenting materials are available to all students. They are both licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Contact Information:

Phone Number: 719.502.2323 or 719.502.2424
Program Website: http://www.ppcc.edu/services/childcare/

Campus Child Care Centers

Southwest Tennessee Community College
Location:
Memphis, TN, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
Eligibility:
Contact campus centers
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Southwest Tennessee provides two centers, each of which has received the highest rating (three stars) from the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The Campus Child Care Centers are designed to provide multicultural experience in an open concept setting with an emphasis on both social and academic development.

Contact Information:

Name: Mary Palmer
E-mail: mpalmer@southwest.tn.edu
Phone Number: 901-333-4522 or 901-333-5233
Program Website: http://www.tn.edu/childcare/

Early Childhood Education Services

Indiana University-Bloomington
Location:
Bloomington, IN, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
Eligibility:
Children of faculty, students, and staff
Program Evaluation Available:
Download here
Program Description:

Indiana University-Bloomington Early Childhood Education Services provides five childcare programs: three accredited centers, and two parent cooperatives. Together they provide year round,high-quality care and education to more than 250 children of students, faculty, and staff.

Contact Information:

E-mail: dunnuckt@indiana.edu
Phone Number: 812-855-5053
Program Website: http://www.childcare.indiana.edu/

On-Campus Child Care Centers

Purdue University
Location:
West Lafayette, IN, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
  • Non-Profit
  • For-Profit
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
  • Referrals
Eligibility:
Visit website for details
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

Purdue’s three centers are overseen by three different entities. One is an NAEYC accredited lab school operated by the Department of Human Development & Family Studies; the second is operated by the Purdue Village Parent Cooperative and Housing & Food Services Administration; and the last is managed by an outside for-profit child care corporation.

Contact Information:

Program Website: http://www.purdue.edu/hr/Benefits/childcare/campus.html

Child Development Center

Merced Community College
Location:
Merced, CA, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • Community
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Evaluation Available Upon request
Program Description:

Merced is a California Public Community College.Their NAEYC accredited Child Development Center collaborates with the Merced County Office of Education, Special Education Department. Center staff and public school special education staff work together to provide full inclusion services for children with severe disabilities, approximately 15 percent of the children served. The center also has a Family Service Education Program that provides dental screenings, hearing screenings, vision screenings, and speech and language services.

Contact Information:

Phone Number: (209) 384-6245
Program Website: http://www.mccd.edu/services/child_dev/index.html

Ben Samuels Children's Center

Montclair State University
Location:
Montclair, NJ, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Childcare-Services
  • Referrals
  • Child Care for Children with Special Needs
Eligibility:
Children of students, Montclair State employees, and community members
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Children’s Center at Montclair State University has brought together under one roof three formerly independent programs—a child care center, an early intervention program, and a program for children with severe communication disorders, including autism. Today their inclusive classrooms serve children with special needs and typically developing children side by side.Their early intervention component provides services to families at home and in the infant/toddler classrooms through a team that includes speech and language pathologists, Inclusion/Special Needs special educators, child development specialists, a nurse, and occupational and physical therapists. From infancy through five years, children with special needs participate in every classroom where, in addition to the teaching staff, an expert team of certified and/or licensed personnel supports their development.

Contact Information:

Name: Ben Samuels Children's Center
E-mail: childrenscnt@mail.montclair.edu
Phone Number: (973) 655-7177
Program Website: http://www.montclair.edu/cehs/academics/centers-and-institutes/childrens-center/

Resources and Consultation

University of Maryland
Location:
College Park, MD, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Referrals
  • Child Care Resources
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The University of Maryland provides free resources and consultation to students, faculty, and staff who have child and elder care needs. Child care services address choosing quality child care, locating licensed centers and preschools both on and off campus,selecting a summer camp, and more. Seminars and resources are provided and one-on-one consultations are available by phone, in-person,or by e-mail.

Contact Information:

Name: Dale Anderson
E-mail: danderso@umd.edu
Phone Number: (301) 405-5648
Program Website: http://uhr.umd.edu/family_care/child-care-resource-links/

CDRC Financial Assistance

University of Northern Florida
Location:
Jacksonville, FL, us
On-Campus
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Material-Supports
Eligibility:
Undergraduate student parents with child care needs
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

University of Northern Florida uses funding from a CCAMPIS grant to fund direct child care scholarships to eligible student parents.

Contact Information:

Phone Number: (904) 620-2372
Program Website: http://www.unf.edu/cdrc/CCAMPIS_Grant.aspx

The Child Care and Development Fund

Location:
Washington, DC, us
Program Affiliation:
  • Federal government
Program Services Offered:
  • Subsidy-Programs
Eligibility:
Unfortunately, though allowed by federal guidelines, not all states consider participation in higher education to be an eligibility criterion for low-income families to receive child care subsidies. Redding and Cohen (2009) provide a partial break down of states that allowed some form of higher education eligibility in 2009: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/rpt/2009-R-0096.htm. To find out more about eligibility, how to contract, or how to apply for assistance, both programs and parents can contact their state early childhood education agency.
Program Evaluation Available:
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Program Description:

Numerous campus child care programs access funding that originates in the Child Care and Development Fund, the largest Federal program specifically devoted to child care services and quality. CCDF enables low-income parents, including those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), to work or to participate in work-related education and training programs. Funds also serve children in protective services, and a portion of CCDF funds must be used by each state to enhance child care quality and availability. CCDF makes child care services available through grants and contracts with providers and through certificates, or vouchers, issued directly to eligible families. Since CCDF funds are authorized under the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act and dispersed through the CCDBG, funds from the CCDF may also be referred to as CCDBG funds.

Contact Information:

Name: Depends on region
E-mail: Depends on region
Phone Number: Washington Office: (202) 690-6782
Program Website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ

Integrating the Needs of Student Parents into the Higher Education Act: Comments by the Student Parent Policy Working Group

Integrating the Needs of Student Parents into the Higher Education Act Comments by the Student Parent Policy Working Group

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