2022-2023 Initiatives: Accessible Childcare On Campus
November 23, 2022
ASUWT aims to expand existing programs that benefit student parents in addition to creating on-campus spaces for child care. This article will serve as a living document detailing the progress in meeting that goal.
Point of Contact(s): Jai'Shon Berry
The University of Washington Tacoma has the Childcare Assistance Program (CAP) for student parents. While this program has been able to help many, more can be done to better support these students. We aim to expand childcare access for student parents by increasing financial support for CAP recipients and by providing on-campus alternatives for childcare.
November 7th Update:
Jai'Shon is currently in talks with Cassidy Inamasu, the Executive Director of the University Y, to potentially expand the existing "child watch" space. The program is currently for gym-goers, but Jai'Shon hopes to expand the space for students.
Jai'Shon has identified that funding this endeavour is the biggest barrier, and the university's budget crisis has made it more challenging. CAP has already seen the impacts of this budget crisis by its decreased funding this year. Despite this, Jai'Shon aims to get more funding for the program for future student parents.
November 28th Update:
Jai'Shon and affiliated parties are currently exploring existing childcare programs for college students in the area to potentially collaborate with. More information to come.