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Greater Access to Child Care Could Help More Students Graduate

Greater access to on-campus child-care services would increase opportunities for low-income students who are also parents to complete their postsecondary education, says a new report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The percentage of both two- and four-year campuses with on-site child-care centers declined from 2002 to 2009, the report says. Community colleges are less likely to have on-site child care than are four-year colleges even though a greater share of students at community colleges are parents.

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