Unable to Afford Childcare, Student-Parents Make Tough Decisions
Published: Sunday, January 22, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 17:01
Not only is Georgia Southern University's Child Development Center a bit pricey, it is only open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – hours that may not suit a student's schedule.
Echols is not alone. 71 percent of student-parents surveyed by the University of Cincinnati Women's center in 2006 said they had to put their educations on hold due to parental responsibilities.
Horne-Montgomery feels that others tend to look down on student-parents, making them less likely to offer assistance.
"Part of the reason, I'm assuming, you're in school is to better your life for your children as a student-parent. You want to be a better provider, to have a better opportunity so that you can provide a better life for your kids and for yourself," said Horne-Montgomery.
"It's just shocking to me, that as a community, we aren't supportive," she said.