Single mother students, representing nearly two million undergraduate students, face a range of obstacles to college graduation. Targeted supports, including access to affordable early learning opportunities, can help them graduate and improve their children’s chances of success, yet many colleges and universities are unaware of student parents’ needs for support services or how to provide them effectively.
This webinar, co-hosted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and Education Design Lab, will feature high-level updates from the Single Moms Success Design Challenge and new IWPR research on supporting single mothers’ success in higher education. IWPR and Education Design Lab will share promising strategies that institutions, communities, policymakers, and local agencies can use to promote the success of single mother college students and their families. IWPR will discuss findings from new research on coordinating across early learning and higher education systems and partnerships between Head Start and colleges and universities to support single mothers in college.Supporting the economic mobility of single mothers requires connecting systems at the local, state, and national levels. This webinar will share opportunities to maximize benefits for families, colleges, and communities through innovative cross-systems policy and practice.
- Marta Urquilla, Chief Program Officer, Education Design Lab
- Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
- Tessa Holtzman, Research Assistant, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
- Education Design Lab’s Single Moms Success Design Challenge
- 6 Things You Should Know About Single Mother Learners on Your Campus
- Parents in College: By the Numbers
- Bridging Systems for Family Economic Mobility: Postsecondary and Early Education Partnerships
- Head Start-College Partnerships as a Strategy for Promoting Family Economic Success: A Study of Benefits, Challenges, and Promising Programs