New Coaching Program Supports New Mothers in College

Chapin Hall evaluating project that provides economic and concrete supports

Chicago-based nonprofit New Moms has launched an Academic Coaching program to challenge systemic barriers preventing many student mothers from completing college degrees.

One in five college students in the United States are parents, and often schools are not providing the kind of support they need to ensure success. Currently, only 8% of single mother students in Illinois complete an associate degree within six years, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Additionally, one in three black women in college—who are already underrepresented in higher education because of systemic racism and histori