Date of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Sean McCarthy


Since Personal Responsibility and Work Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) was passed into law in 1996 under President Clinton there has been a sharp increase in federal and state rules and regulations surrounding work requirements to be able to receive financial benefits. This poses a challenge for single mothers as it requires putting their children in child care which is a notoriously expensive burden. To mitigate this problem, I propose subsidizing child care so mothers have more freedom to pursue work or education. In turn, this will have a positive impact on child development as it has been proven that children that have access to quality early childhood care and education are more likely to graduate from high school and continue on to college. Furthermore, this would be beneficial to single mothers by increasing independence and creating more professional and personal opportunities.