UChicago program learns from nonprofit helping single mothers succeed in college

UChicago program learns from nonprofit helping single mothers succeed in college
Young mother working on a laptop while toddler looks on. Photo credit Maksym Belchenko/ Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Getting through college can be tough especially for new mothers.

Now, a Chicago-based nonprofit is trying to make the path to a diploma a bit easier and researchers are watching closely.

“Only 8% of single-mother students in Illinois completed associate degree within six years and that’s compared to 60% of students without children,” said Elissa Gitlow is a researcher at Chapin Hall, a policy and research institute at the University of Chicago.

She told WBBM Newsradio about new program by Chicago-based "New Moms,” which helps young mothers with housing stability, economic mobility and college.

“New Moms just started a pilot program that bundles academic sports with a $500-monthly cash stipend to help young moms succeed in community college and we at Chapin are going to evaluate the pilot program so we can learn whether this strategy works and why,” Gitlow said.