Nov. 8, 2018
There are very few things more difficult than maintaining a work-life balance while having kids or other dependents and attending college. In fact, a recent study found that caregiver students are far less likely to graduate college because of “time poverty.” Students caring for preschool-aged children, for example, only had 10 hours a day for sleeping, eating, homework, and leisure activities; students without children had 21 hours. The story of caregiver students illustrates how our social service and higher education systems fail those who are looking to make a better life for themselves and their children through further education.
Over the coming months, New America will explore how better to support these students. We will dive into the data to reveal the demographics of these students, investigate policy roadblocks that prevent their success, and share institutional profiles of programs that help support student caregivers and their families. Students shouldn't have to display superhuman determination to navigate an unnecessarily twisting, circuitous path towards a better life for their families.
Read the following posts that are part of our Caregivers in Higher Education series:
This page will be updated with each new addition to the blog series.