For some women, being a mom comes down to a choice, tuition or daycare.
As the cost of education increases, some parents are having a more difficult time finding child care as they try to finish up a degree at a local college or university. At the University of Washington, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate is urging administrators to expand on-campus child care options.
"For most of us, it’s not really an option to bring kids into the class," said Lianna Wood, a UW graduate student and expecting mom.
Wood says daycares near the university are full and too expensive for her to also finish her PhD.
There are currently three on campus daycares, but all are full with waiting lists. Students can pay $1,300 for infant care. The university also offers a child care assistance program where students can receive up to 80 percent of the cost of daycare depending on how they qualify. Students also say they plan to ask the administration for family-friendly study rooms, play areas for children, diaper-changing stations and lactation rooms.
GPSS is bringing together a wide selection of childcare providers to the UW campus for the UW Childcare Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.