The Minnesota Department of Health is helping institutions of higher education, including St. Cloud State University, to start new or support existing student-parent help centers. Funded institutions include tribal colleges, universities, technical and community schools, and private colleges. MDH received funding for the grants from the Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
MN Department of Health will distribute about $2.7 million in federal grant awards to 11 institutions for centers that address the health and education needs of young parents and pregnant students who attend college.
The grants will be made available through Minnesota's Young Student Parent Support Initiative which will range from $55,000 to $280,000.
"Student-parent help centers provide the support that pregnant or parenting students need at a crucial time in their lives as they are building their future through post-secondary education," said MDH Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger.
Student-parent help centers may provide referrals to needed health and social services, parenting education, and outreach to pregnant or parenting high school students.