Theory of change
SWOB is a first of its kind in the country! It's a unique solution to a larger and deeper problem in society. SWOB is committed to providing safe and affordable evening childcare to low-income parents who are eager to pursue their education. With the help of our qualified, trained volunteer sitters, we aim to help families reach their educational goals by providing safe and free/affordable in-home babysitting.
Issue at Hand
According to a 2014 study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research ("IWPR"), more than one-quarter of American undergraduates have dependent children. The vast majority of these students, 71 percent, are women and the number one reason for single mothers to drop out of college is the lack of affordable and accessible childcare. But while the number of enrolled students who have children has grown (increasing by 50 percent between 1995 and 2011), the availability of childcare on campuses hasn’t. In fact, the number of overall childcare facilities available at public colleges (where more than 60 percent of students with children enroll) has decreased over the past decade or so. Additionally, Childcare costs in Massachusetts is among the highest in the country, averaging around $15-20 per hour in the Boston metro area.
Moreover, students who have kids tend to have higher student-loan debt than their childless peers. That's particularly problematic given the fact that these parents are also more likely to have low-incomes than their fellow students. That makes subsidies, like the federal funds that support childcare at colleges, particularly important. But some of those services have also been reduced greatly. According to IWPR, parents with dependent children drop out of college at a higher rate than any other demographic, with only 33 percent of students with children obtaining a degree or certificate within six years.
Average Undergraduate Debt One Year After Graduation