A majority of community colleges don’t offer child care on campus. That’s why student parents with young children are more likely to drop out than other students, according to AAUW’s Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success.
“Student parents most often cite caregiving responsibilities and limited financial resources as their reasons for leaving” without completing a credential, reports the AAUW. High child care costs make it difficult to stay in school.
In Delaware, Nevada, and Rhode Island, all community colleges offer on-campus child care. Alaska, Vermont, Guam and Puerto Rico have no community college child care centers.
Bringing a toddler to class isn’t a solution, writes Dear Abby in response to a community college student’s complaint about a classmate.