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Contreras-Mendez, Susana; Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2021
Postsecondary attainment is widely recognized as key to accessing living-wage careers--in addition to fulfilling workforce demands and elevating the United States' standing on the world stage. While much of the work to increase attainment rates has recognized the role of reengaging adults who have some college credit, but no degree or certificate,…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, College Students, Parents, Child Rearing
White, Chaunté; Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2021
As the Biden-Harris administration seeks to hasten the country's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, reforming the U.S. higher education system to ensure equitable access and attainment for all adults is more important than ever. Most student parents are mothers, students of color, adult and working learners, students with low incomes, and…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Higher Education, Parents
Bernstein, Anna; Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2021
Access to sexual and reproductive health care and information can affect college students' ability to succeed in higher education. Yet community colleges often do not consider students' reproductive health access when considering how to promote their academic success. This report summarizes findings from original research conducted by the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Access to Health Care, Access to Information
Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2021
Head Start, the largest early learning program in the United States, provides free federally funded, high-quality early learning for children alongside wraparound supports for parents. Its mission includes helping families achieve self-sufficiency and economic security, such as by helping parents access and succeed in college and workforce…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Preschool Education, Disadvantaged Youth, College School Cooperation
Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin; Holtzman, Tessa – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2021
Student parents face significant challenges that can limit their ability to enter, persist in, and graduate from college. Innovative partnerships between Head Start and the higher education system is a promising strategy to bring together essential supports to meet the needs of student parents and set them up for long-term success. This briefing…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Preschool Education, Disadvantaged Youth, College School Cooperation
Hegewisch, Ariane; Mefferd, Eve – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2021
New May jobs data show that despite greater jobs gains, women's recovery continues to lag behind that of men. Women's jobs on payroll are still 4.2 million below pre-COVID-19 levels, compared with 3.5 million fewer jobs on payroll for men. Further, high jobs deficits in schools and child care centers point to difficulties for employed mothers and…
Descriptors: Females, Employed Women, Employment Opportunities, Mothers
Hensly, Catherine; White, Chaunté; Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2021
In recent years, the goal of 60 percent of adults holding a postsecondary degree has been set as a key benchmark for the United States to build a skilled workforce and remain economically competitive. Engaging adults with some college credit but no degree is critical to reaching this goal. Efforts to increase adult degree attainment, however, have…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Access to Education, Child Rearing, Parents
Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin; Mendez, Susana Contreras; Holtzman, Tessa – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2020
Nearly four million U.S. undergraduate college students are parents or guardians of children under the age of 18. These student parents, who already faced immense financial, child care, food, and housing insecurity before the COVID-19 pandemic, are now dealing with multiple new barriers, including school closures, lay-offs, and child care…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Child Rearing, Parents, COVID-19
Gault, Barbara; Holtzman, Tessa; Reichlin Cruse, Lindsey – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2020
College students who are parents or caregivers of dependent children make up more than one in five U.S. undergraduates. Colleges need basic information about the experiences and outcomes of the student parents they serve, since these students face distinct challenges, including high rates of economic insecurity and significant time and caregiving…
Descriptors: College Students, Parents, Child Rearing, Student Needs
Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin; Contreras Mendez, Susana; Holtzman, Tessa – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2020
Nearly four million undergraduates, or more than one in five college students, are parents of children under 18. These student parents face--in normal times--disproportionate economic insecurity, difficulty meeting basic needs, and significant time and caregiving demands. Student parents are now coping with the closing of colleges and…
Descriptors: Parents, Child Rearing, At Risk Students, COVID-19
Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin; Bernstein, Anna – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2020
Sexual and reproductive health and well-being plays a central role in the lives of young adults. Having the ability to plan whether and when to become pregnant, to protect against sexually transmitted infections, and to receive essential medical care during pregnancy, for example, have important effects on young people's lives--including their…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Access to Health Care, School Health Services, Sexuality
Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin; Holtzman, Tessa – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2020
Head Start provides access to high-quality, affordable early learning opportunities for children alongside wraparound supports for parents which can help families achieve economic security by helping to facilitate parents' attainment of college credentials. Head Start-college collaboration can also bring important benefits to colleges and…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Preschool Education, Disadvantaged Youth, College School Cooperation
Gault, Barbara; Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin; Holtzman, Tessa; Contreras-Mendez, Susana – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2019
Improving family economic security in the United States requires new strategies to support parents while they develop skills and attain postsecondary education to prepare them for well-paid jobs. Parents need stable, affordable, convenient, and high-quality child care to attend and complete college, but child care costs are unaffordable for many…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Early Intervention, Low Income Groups, Early Childhood Education
Gault, Barbara; Reichlin Cruse, Lindsey; Schumacher, Rachel – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2019
Promoting family economic security and mobility requires collaboration across key systems that serve families. This report describes opportunities for the early childhood and higher education systems to support each other's key goals for system advancements to increase economic mobility among America's families. It provides examples of early…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, College Students
Holtzman, Tessa; Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin; Gault, Barbara – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2019
College is one of the most reliable routes to economic security for parents and their children. College credentials are linked to increased earnings, higher rates of employment, lower poverty rates, and improved economic and educational outcomes among the children of college graduates. Student parents and their families stand to gain…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, College Students, Parents
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