More parents going to college, but on-campus child care declining in US

December 4, 2014

A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) has found that the proportion of US PSE institutions with child care on campus has declined even as a growing number of parents are attending college. The proportion of community colleges with on-campus child care dropped from a peak of 53% in 2003–2004 to 46% in 2013; among public 4-year institutions, the proportion dropped from a peak of 55% to 51%. The figures at community colleges are especially notable, as the largest share of student parents are community college students. The report notes that in spite of an increase in the number of students with children, federal funding for campus child care has remained relatively static. “Improving access to child care for students with children would be likely to contribute to increasing college persistence and degree attainment among low-income adults,” the report concludes. Full Report