Childcare Study Group Benchmarks

As part of NPC’s 2016-17 Strategic Plan, a study group of volunteers was formed to determine if childcare truly presents a barrier to student completion of academic programs. Over the years, the issue of student childcare has come up repeatedly at NPC convocations but past analysis had not shown it to be a significant barrier. However, NPC faculty and staff continue to raise this issue as one effecting student completion rates and in need of more comprehensive study. For this reason the college formed the 2016-17 Childcare Study Group.

OBJECTIVE: The Childcare Study Group will comprehensively evaluate the current status of and possible need for additional student childcare options throughout NPC's service area. In a final written report, the study group will:

  • Indicate if there is in fact a real childcare problem.
  • Describe the scope of the problem, if there is one. Is it a big problem? A small problem? A big problem but for a small number of students? The study group will take into account the regional/geographical scope and diversity of the student population district wide.
  • Outline the options available to the college such as: Do nothing. Do nothing at this time but re-evaluate in the future if barriers to “X” change. Form a partnership with an external entity. Operate solo.
  • Provide information on costs and benefits of each of the options given.
  • Recommend options in order the committee feels would be best for the college to pursue.
  • Complete operational plans for each recommended option using SPASC operational planning documents


    Semester Benchmark Date Completed
    Spring '16 Conduct college-wide survey with students, faculty, staff to discover childcare needs. May 31, 2016
    Summer '16 Review results of first survey, discuss implementing next phase of study and how to proceed. July 31, 2016
    Fall '16  Conduct second survey, study needs and possible solutions Oct. 31, 2016
    Spring '17 Final childcare proposal submitted to SPASC May 31, 2017