Student Parent Support Initiative

Minnesota's Student Parent Support Initiative will address the needs of college-age pregnant and parenting young people. College-age young 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.

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 purpose of the Student Parent Support Initiative is to build the capacity of institutions of higher education to address the health and educational needs of pregnant and parenting young people and their children. 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 pregnant 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.