Child Care for Parents in College
A State-by-State Assessment
Sept. 1, 2016
Author(s): Eleanor Eckerson, Lauren Talbourdet, Lindsey Reichlin, Mary Sykes, Elizabeth Noll, Ph.D., Barbara Gault, Ph.D.
Organization(s): Institute of Women's Policy Research
Child care is a crucial support for the 4.8 million parents in college, but it is difficult for students to find and afford, according to a new report by the Institute of Women's Policy Research. The report says that campus child care centers can help meet the care needs of student parents, but the percentage of institutions with child-care centers on campus is decreasing. In 2003, 55 percent of four-year public colleges provided campus child care, compared to 49 percent in 2015. At community colleges, 53 percent offered campus child care in 2003, and 44 percent offered it in 2015, the report finds.