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College And Kids: Addressing The Challenges Student Parents Face

More than 4 million people, around 1 out of 5 undergrads, are raising children today. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Education. These student parents tend to have higher GPAs than traditional students. They’re often older, single, and women of color. But more than half of them leave school without getting a degree. 

For them, access to affordable, reliable child care can mean the difference between graduating and dropping out.

This hour, we talk to two student parents about what it’s like balancing college, work, and kids. We also sit down with Fiona Pearson, an author and sociology professor at CCSU, to talk about ways policy makers, professors, and college administrators can better meet the needs of student parents.

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Resources for Student Parents:
National Center for Student Parent Programs
Find Your Way: Student Parent Programs by Region

Carmen Baskauf and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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