Remember when we told you about the 2GEN approach to workforce development? This is a new way of thinking about how we can help development and maintain a successful workforce.
An example of this 2GEN approach would be to allow for college students who have children of their own to have access to quality daycare. This enables the student/parent to know their child is getting a great start on his or her education while allowing the student/parent to focus on their own education.
This is the exact concept behind the Quality Care for Children’s Boost “Making College Possible” scholarship program.
Per the Quality Care For Children’s website, this initiative “increases access to quality child care for low-income families by providing financial scholarships paid directly to the child care program. It focuses on two generations, parents and children, and employs two strategies, direct service and policy change, to help low-income parents and their children be successful now and in the future.”
About 27 percent of college students are parents themselves, and juggling the demands of parenthood with the demands of obtaining a college education is intense.
“For low-income college student-parents, the cost of childcare can make going to college prohibitive to them, so then their children can’t get the quality education they need and it can be a barrier to the student-parents graduating college,” said Pam Tatum, president of Quality Care for Children.