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One reader responds to lack of child care on campuses

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A reader named Diamond sent me a note, after she’d read in the blog that the bond measure would improve child-care facilities at all campuses.

She went on to say that, “child care would be an absolute plus for me.”

She failed one class in the spring term because of a lack of child care. Because of that, her financial aid is in doubt for fall term. The long-term effect of that? “I need a better career to better mine and my children’s lives.”

This is a very common problem for community college students. Access to high-quality, reliable child care is one of the biggest issues students face, and something like 40 percent of all Pell-eligible students at PCC are parents.

So yes, the president and the Board of Directors at PCC understand that dynamic and, yes, the bond measure would improve or introduce child care at every major campus. It’s one step the college can take to better serve the student body.

Send your feedback to dana.haynes@pcc.edu. And thanks in advance.

About Dana Haynes

Dana Haynes, joined PCC in 2007 as the manager of the Office of Public Affairs, directing the college's media and government relations. Haynes spent the previous 20 years as a reporter, columnist and editor for Oregon newspapers, including ... more »

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