College life is stressful. Classes, homework, and extracurriculars can have you feeling stressed and ready to go home. However, the day doesn’t end for some. Student parents have to juggle all that encompasses being a student while also being a parent.
Imzadi Davis is a junior Media Studies and Production major at Temple University and is a single mother to a 4-year-old girl named Zyla. Davis was 18 turning 19 when she was expecting Zyla, and says she was not fully prepared for the expectations of motherhood but soon began to realize the necessary steps to become a successful mom for herself and for her daughter.
“I remember I just kept going even when I wasn’t really doing that well. Even though I was getting by-the bare minimum, I pushed through and I was like I cannot not finish this,” Davis says.
The determination that Davis has is the same determination that Kish Taylor says parents need in raising children. Kish Taylor is the director of the Families First Center, one of the locations of the Montgomery Education Learning Center.
She says, “It’s very challenging for one. I think it takes a village to raise children, and I think if you find a nice early learning center, that’s part of the foundation.” Taylor says that a learning center will give young children the advantage of being ahead in educational, social, and emotional growth.
The University received nearly $200,000 in grants in the year of 2018 to aid student parents in child care services.