Some colleges and universities have child care available on campus. Some even have child care grants to help you pay for it!
Many schools understand the benefits of child care for student parents. Child care helps increase retention among a group whose dropout rate is much higher than average. Child care also increases the chance that a child will break out of a low-income cycle. And since 27 percent of community college students are single parents, child care is a much-needed commodity.
If paying for child care is an obstacle for you, start with whatever school you attend or will attend in the future. Your best bet is to research that school's day care. If you need a grant to help cover the costs (such as the CCAMPIS program), you'll probably have to go through the school you're attending in order to have access to government programs. And many of these grants require you to apply for other financial aid programs such as Pell grants before you're eligible for additional help.
Unfortunately, finding on-campus child care can be a challenge, and colleges and universities vary in their child care availability and costs. Or, for one reason or another, a day care facility might not be the best choice for you. But other options are available.
Don't forget to check government programs. Some states (such as Minnesota and Oregon) have their own child care grants for student parents.
Many churches have daycare and/or preschool programs. They don't usually require membership in the congregation to participate.
Private child care is another option. Check the links at top right for some sites that can help you find a provider in your area.
Child Care Aware of America (formerly NACCRRA) is a national referral service.
Most states have their own child care referral services, where you can search for providers, check their credentials, and match providers to your criteria. If you don't see your state linked here, type in your state and "child care referral" into your search engine.
Child care resources
State Referral Agencies
State child care grants
Read more about child care
Child care at Utah/LDS schools