Online education may be a solution for student mothers

As many campus-based programs do not offer childcare services, online classes may be a better solution to student mothers.
As many campus-based programs do not offer childcare services, online classes may be a better solution to student mothers.

A new study from the Institute of Women's Policy Research shows that female students with children may struggle to find adequate childcare when they are enrolled in on-campus degree programs.

The study shows that although parents of dependent children make up almost 25 percent of the country's undergraduate student population, the number of on-site childcare centers has decreased since 2002 at two and four-year institutions. Additionally, while more student mothers attend community colleges than four-year schools, the former are less likely to provide childcare.

Wait lists for institutions that do provide mothers with childcare services while they attend school have an average of 90 children, the survey found. Many of these centers do not provide care to infants.

Women who need to balance their family responsibilities and education may want to consider online programs. Many internet-based classes are affordable and can be flexible enough for mothers to incorporate into their lives.

According to a 2010 Sloan Survey for Education, the many benefits of online education encouraged approximately 30 percent of college and university students to take at least one class through the internet.

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