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Dundar, Afet; Tighe, Lauren A.; Turner, Jennifer – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2023
Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) conducted original research on an often-overlooked group of students--parents with children--as they struggle to make ends meet while pursuing academic degrees and certificates. Student parents often face enormous financial barriers to academic success. They report high financial insecurity including…
Descriptors: Parents, Child Rearing, College Students, Barriers
Doorley, Nina Besser; Elakbawy, Salma; Dundar, Afet – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2023
Earning a college degree has long been critical to unlocking many high-paying jobs -- and, as a result, to economic mobility and security. Increasingly, however, the traditional "norm" of a college student--one who enrolls straight out of high school, receives some support from their parents, lives on campus, and does not have…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Postsecondary Education, Student Needs
Mason, C. Nicole – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2022
Across the country, community colleges provide significant on-ramps to higher education and opportunities for skill enhancement for low-to-moderate-income families, including student parents, at a fraction of the cost of four-year private institutions. They are often a steppingstone to career advancement and economic security for parents and their…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Parents, Student Experience
Shaw, Elyse; Mariano, Halie – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2022
"The Status of Women in North Carolina: Poverty and Opportunity" is the final publication in a four-part series of publications on women's status in North Carolina. The report builds on the Institute for Women's Policy Research's "Status of Women in the States" initiative, which has sought to measure women's economic, social,…
Descriptors: Females, Poverty, Socioeconomic Status, Economic Factors
Reichlin Cruse, Lindsey; Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn; Hare, Amanda; Contreras-Mendez, Susana – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic brought the care crisis in the United States to the fore. Unprecedented closures of child care programs throughout 2020 placed a disproportionate burden on families, and mothers in particular. For parents enrolled in college or considering postsecondary enrollment at the time of the pandemic, the loss of child care services…
Descriptors: Child Care, College Students, Parents, Student Personnel Services
White, Chaunté; Cruse, Lindsey Reichlin – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2021
Higher education is essential to accessing high-demand jobs with family-supporting wages and improving family financial wellbeing. This was true before the COVID-19 pandemic and is especially true now as the nation continues the process of recovering from one of the worst public health, economic, and social crises in modern U.S. history. To…
Descriptors: State Policy, College Students, Parents, COVID-19
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
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
Hegewisch, Ariane; Mefferd, Eve – Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2021
Careers in the construction trades can provide high earnings and good benefits, often through a learn-while-you-earn apprenticeship. In 2020, more than 300,000 women worked in the trades--the largest number ever. Yet while their numbers are growing, women still make up fewer than one in twenty of workers in construction occupations. This report…
Descriptors: Building Trades, Females, Experience, Sexual Identity
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
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