Alternative Child Care Center at UNR: Access is apPARENTly an Issue
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According to a 2014 study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 4.8 million college students were parents of dependent children in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available—that’s about 26 percent of all college undergraduates. The vast majority of these students, 71 percent, are women.
While the number of enrolled students with children have grown, the availability of childcare on campus has not. This trend is also reflected at the University of Nevada Reno. Enrollment at one of two child care facility on campus disproportionately represents UNR faculty and staff. The second facility, Head Start, is a program specifically designed to address systemic poverty by intervening to aid children. Consequently, regular college undergraduates with children do not qualify. This project proposes the creation of a program that fills this gap in childcare services by use of the Federal Work-Study Program.
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