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University receives grant for pregnant students and young parents

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded St. Cloud State University a $280,000 grant to address the needs of college-age pregnant and parenting young people.

Debra Carlson, director of the Lindgren Child Care Center on campus, said the money will be used in the Young Student Parent Support Initiative (YSPSI) for the period between Sept. 1, 2011 through Aug. 31, 2013.

College age young people are at high risk for unintended pregnancies, and unhealthy behaviors during pregnancy. They are at a crucial time in their lives for building their future through post secondary education, Carlson said.

The Minnesota Department of Health solicited proposals from institutions of higher education to establish, maintain, or operate services for the target population of young student parents. The purpose of the YSPSI grant program is to enable institutions of higher education to establish, maintain, or operate pregnant and parenting student services.

“With unique and successful support services currently in place, St. Cloud State University will be an example and leader for Minnesota higher education institutions in these efforts,” Carlson said.

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