Women Employed and Kellogg Foundation Partner to Help Single Mothers Succeed in College

New brief outlines policy changes that will help more moms graduate

CHICAGO —Research shows that a college degree is one of the most successful routes out of poverty and into the middle class. But for low-income adult women already juggling work and family responsibilities, the time and financial commitments needed to attain a college degree can seem an insurmountable burden. A new brief from Women Employed, in partnership with the Kellogg Foundation, lays out clear policy changes that can help make college a more realistic goal for these women.

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