Report advocates for parenting students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A report that evaluates the welfare of children in Tennessee says more needs to be done to help parenting students.

The report was released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count project.

It recommends policies that link community colleges, as well as job training and employment programs, with programs focused on early childhood development, access to benefits and child care to help parenting students continue their education.

According to the report, one in four college students has children.

In the case of two-year institutions, it noted that many of the state’s community colleges offer early childhood education training programs, which could be a vehicle for child care for student parents.