On the west coast, Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) has built the first and only family resource center (FRC) on a community college campus in California.
An award-winning public-private partnership model, the LAVC-FRC provides a range of support services that extends beyond early childhood education and includes opportunities to build parenting skills.
A 41-year-old high school teacher exchanges thousands of text messages with his student, then leaves his wife and three children to date her.
The couple then goes on national TV, saying their relationship didn't become physical until she turned 18.
Entirely absent from the media conversation, though, is any consideration of the estimated 3.5 million students who are also single parents and who themselves are preparing to begin or continue their higher education.
These post-traditional learners now make up 15.2 percent of the undergraduate population, and their numbers are growing.
Ascend is a policy program of the Aspen Institute and the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security.
We take a two-generation approach to our work – focusing on both children and their parents together – and bring a gender and racial equity lens to our analysis.
Consider the need to balance work responsibilities, the K-12 system, and other family obligations all while navigating a college schedule.
This is the challenge Hostos Community College aimed to address when creating their two-generation summer program to tackle the gap in financial aid available to student-parents, increase credit attainment, and decrease the learning loss experienced by their children during the summer months.
Through increasingly popular playgroups, LAVC-FRC helps boost the social and cognitive skills of children and simultaneously build parent networks that serve as support systems for students, who often face a host of non-classroom challenges.
Student-parent schedules are very different from those of traditional college students.
A growing number of innovative leaders and institutions are reimagining higher education’s role in addressing both of these paths and their intersecting needs.