For today’s student-parents, child care services are a valuable resource

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By Erin Eagan

Parents who make the decision to go back to school know the difficulties that lie ahead. Juggling family responsibilities, work and education takes commitment. But for those that do, the long-term rewards far outweigh the challenges faced.

A recent study shows that the number of student-parents attending post-secondary schools is increasing. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) has estimated that more than a quarter of college students have children, and that number has increased by 30 percent since 2004.

While these student-parents come from various backgrounds and are dealing with different life circumstances, they all share a need for support when it comes to caring for their children. Some have the help of nearby family and friends, but that isn’t always the case. Recognizing this need, several of Wisconsin’s technical colleges offer high-quality, affordable child care services on campus: 

Blackhawk Technical College
BTC’s Janesville Central Campus houses an on-site child care center for students and staff.

Fox Valley Technical College
FVTC’s Parent/Child Center is licensed for 96 children, ages 6 weeks through 5 years year-round and 6-9 years during summer months. 

Lakeshore Technical College
LTC’s Child Care Center provides a comprehensive daycare program for children ages 2-6 of both students and staff. 

Madison College
Madison College’s Child and Family Centers serve children ages 2-5 and is open to students, faculty and staff.

Milwaukee Area Technical College
MATC’s Child Care Services are available at all four campuses for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years.

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
SWTC’s Child Care Center, licensed through the State of Wisconsin as SWTC Kids Town USA, provides services for children from newborn through 12 years.

Waukesha County Technical College
WCTC’s Child Development Center offers quality child care for young children ages 6 weeks through 8 years.

Western Technical College
The YWCA provides child care services on Western's La Crosse Campus for children ages 6 weeks to 11 years old.

If your local technical college doesn’t provide child care services on its campus, contact your county’s Human Services or Social Services department for a list of licensed child care providers. You may also visit the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families website to conduct a search of regulated Wisconsin Child Care services throughout the state.