Parents attending colleges and universities face declining access to on-campus child care, according to a new analysis released ahead of Mother's Day by the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
Based on 2014 data, the report found that 50 percent of four-year public universities and 45 percent of community colleges offer on-campus child care services. Those numbers are down from the 2013 figures, when 51 percent and 46 percent of universities and community colleges, respectively, provided child care services on their campuses.
IWRP noted that on-campus child care has been on the decline over recent years.
The share of four-year public universities offering such child care services was highest in 2003 through 2005, when the figure was 55 percent. From 2003 through 2004, 53 percent of community colleges provided child care services on their campuses.
"Given the importance of a higher education to a family's economic security and their children's future success, ensuring that student mothers have access to affordable, quality care must be a priority for educational institutions, higher education advocates, and policymakers," IWPR said in a statement.