Student Parent Support Initiative

Student Parent Support Initiative

Minnesota's Student Parent Support Initiative addresses the health and educational needs of college-age expectant and parenting students. College-age people are at high risk for unintended pregnancies, unhealthy behaviors during pregnancy, and are at a crucial time in their lives for building their future through post-secondary education.

The Student Parent Support Initiative has three primary goals:

  1. Expectant and parenting teens, women and men accomplish their post-secondary education goals at institutions of higher education.
  2. Expectant and parenting teens, women and men maintain positive health and well-being for themselves and their children.
  3. Institutions of higher education capacity for serving expectant and parenting teens, women and men will be increased.

Higher education has a direct correlation to future earning potential. Research also shows that unintended pregnancies are also associated with education and income. Women in Minnesota reporting an unintended pregnancy were less likely to report "some college" or "college or more." In addition, women in Minnesota reporting an unintended pregnancy were less likely to report middle and higher income brackets and more likely to report lower income brackets.

The Minnesota Department of Health granted awards to nine institutions of higher education to provide services for pregnant or parenting students and their children.

The Student Parent Support Initiative is funded by the Pregnancy Assistance Fund. This Fund was authorized by Sections 10211-10214 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) [PDF] to develop and implement programs to assist expectant and parenting teens and women. The Minnesota Department of Health applied for and received these funds from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.