Introducing The Alliance’s Policy Agenda


On behalf of The California Alliance for Student Parent Success (The Alliance), we are proud to share our policy agenda, “Empowering Bright Futures: The Alliance’s Policy Agenda for California’s Leaders to Support Student Parents and Their Families.” Developed in collaboration with The Alliance’s Advisory Committee, including student parents, this agenda will guide our efforts over the next three years.

The agenda calls on California policymakers and higher education leaders to prioritize five core strategies:

  1. Strengthen financial aid to cover student parents’ true college costs

  2. Provide enough quality, affordable child care options to address student parents’ needs

  3. Meet the housing needs of student parents and their families

  4. Advance family-serving institutional policies and practices

  5. Collect and utilize data on student parents’ pathways to improve their well-being and success

Thank you for your engagement with The Alliance and its efforts to shape a brighter future for student parents and their families. To learn more about the agenda and how we can partner, please do not hesitate to reach out. Please share with your networks who may be interested in advancing these reforms. 

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This network is led by California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy and The Education Trust–West with support from an Advisory Committee that includes student parents and other field experts. The Alliance’s diverse membership consists of organizations focused on a range of issues, including basic needs security and poverty elimination, child welfare, civil rights, economic development, health, housing, higher education, and social justice.

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