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With almost 7 in 10 student parents living below 200 percent of federal poverty levels—and only 1 in 4 student parents earning a degree within 6 years at 4-year institutions—it is critical to connect these students to a broad array of financial resources that support their success and wellbeing.

Student parents are a large and growing population. Data shows that over one in four undergraduate students (26 percent) are currently raising dependent children. Between 1995 and 2011, the overall population of student parents increased by nearly 50 percent.

The vast majority of student parents are mothers; of that population, a significant portion are women of color. Many of these students are also single parents.

With few personal resources available, public benefits are imperative to student parents’ financial stability.

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Bridging the Gap Between Student Parents and Public Benefits

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Published by JaDonnia

An education and counseling professional, I focus my expertise on diversity, inclusion and family engagement/empowerment Of particular importance is the partnerships between parents and the community schools that serve their children. Highlighting strategies, tips and evidence-based best practices for family engagement, my aim is to alter mindsets, broaden perspectives, foster empathy, and build capacity. Offering 'food for thought' and inviting discussion, I tell truths rarely explored-to both educators and families. A holistic culturally-responsive approach to teaching, learning and engaging others begins with respect. I promote respect and fully integrating curricular diversity in formal learning settings! Collaboration with families is necessary, because parents hold the master key that unlocks doors to child health and wellness, academic achievement, and believe it or not, teacher excellence and stronger school communities.

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