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AAUW grant will help identify childcare needs of student-parents

Seminole State College will host two confidential focus groups in the Wayne M. Densch Partnership Center to gather input from student-mothers regarding childcare needs and issues. 

Seminole State College of Florida has been awarded a $5,000 grant to provide resources for students who are parents.

The grant, awarded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), will be used to identify needs and to publish and distribute literature that addresses the needs of student-parents, such as a comprehensive list of childcare facilities near each of the College’s four campuses and webpages that list community and campus resources. While the grant’s focus is to serve student-mothers, the resources will be available to all student-parents.

“Nationally, one in four students pursuing a post-secondary education is a parent of a dependent child,” said Dr. Jan Lloyd, associate vice president of student development. “Raising children while going to college is a unique challenge; however, offering resources can help these students obtain their degrees and place their families on a path to economic self-sufficiency.”

Seminole State will host two confidential focus groups to gather input from student-mothers regarding childcare needs and issues. The focus groups, “Childcare Needs Interest Sessions,” will be offered twice:

  • Friday, Jan. 24, at noon, Partnership Center (UP) 1206A
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 12:30 p.m., Partnership Center (UP) 1206A
"First, the initiative will help to identify the College’s student-mothers and to determine their needs and issues regarding childcare From there, with the resources and services this grant will support, we expect to be able to have a positive impact on retaining our student-parents,” Lloyd said. “This initiative is just one part of a larger collegewide effort toward improving student services for non-traditional students and retaining them.”

Founded in 1881, AAUW works to promote equity and education for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Nearly half of all students are non-traditional. For more information on resources available, visit the non-traditional student site.

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