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AAUW grant helps identify local childcare providers, 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. 

As part of its continued support of student-parents, Seminole State College of Florida has used a portion of a recent $5,000 grant to establish a directory of childcare providers located conveniently near the College’s four campuses.

More than a dozen childcare facilities have been identified in close proximity to at least one campus, all of which offer incentives to Seminole State students such as tuition discounts or fee waivers. Many facilities provide flexible scheduling and a variety of programs and activities in which children can participate.

Included in the directory are local branches of KinderCare Learning Centers, which expand their coverage by offering a 10 percent tuition discount not only to current Seminole State students, but also to alumni, faculty and staff. A national open house will take place at all KinderCare locations on Aug. 12.

For a full list of nearby childcare providers, broken down by campus, visit the Childcare Providers page.

“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.”

The grant, awarded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), is intended to identify needs and to publish and distribute literature that addresses the needs of student-parents, such as websites 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.

"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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