Helping College Student-Parents in Houston
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Like millions of students across the country, Kylie Moss, a 21-year-old mechanical engineering major at the University of Houston, is also a parent. And on-campus childcare providers like the one at the university enable Moss and students like her to go to college and hopefully complete her studies and earn a degree.
On-campus childcare isn't just convenient for Moss and many other student-parents; it's also affordable. More than 70 percent of the university's student-parents are enrolled in some form of childcare program subsidized through tuition assistance, the majority of which is from the federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School program (CCAMPIS).
The program provides grants to colleges that support childcare on campus and helps about 5,000 student-parents nationwide, although that number is expected to increase with increased funding.