Students With Children Wait for Action on Care

There’s one key amenity keeping Vita Preciado in college. No, it’s not a gourmet cafeteria, brand new gym or even financial aid or scholarship dollars. It’s her school’s campus child-care center.

“If I didn’t have access to the child care I probably wouldn’t be in school,” the 36-year-old said.

And if you take one look at Preciado’s schedule, it’s easy to understand why having access to an affordable, safe and reliable place to leave her children is so important. During the week, she works as a pharmacy technician from 9:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., gets home, takes her children to school, heads to her own classes, picks up her children, heads home and tries to find time for homework and family time before starting it all over again.

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