OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Winter 2010

 

Who We Are

The Childcare & Family Resources Office is here to support parents on campus in a variety of capacities.  Here are just a few:

Advocacy:

We act on your behalf on OSU committees, respond to your University concerns and work to create family friendly policies and programs for OSU.

Resources:

We provide resources and can help connect families with    programs on campus and in the community. Stop by the office to pick-up brochures that we have for many community    programs.

Child Care Subsidies:

We administer both the ASOSU Child Care Subsidy for students and the Faculty/Staff Child Care Subsidy.

“Kid Friendly” Events:

We will strive to keep parents informed of upcoming “kid friendly” events on and off   campus. Watch our newsletter, website, Facebook and Twitter.   

Our Little Village|Library:

A short-term drop-off child care center for children of student parents. For more info, visit our website or call 541-737-8122. 

 

Child Care Subsidy

The ASOSU Child Care Subsidy for students with children is a need-based subsidy that pays up to half of your child care expenses each term. You must apply every term.

The ASOSU subsidy is due January 15, 2010. Pick up an application at our office or download one online at http://oregonstate.edu/childcare.  New applicants must call the office at 541-737-4906 and set up an appointment before turning in their application.

 

From Our Parents

     Student parents face unique challenges in our pursuit of higher education. We need to find, keep, and pay for childcare in order to attend school, we have to deal with our child(ren)'s potential illnesses and emergencies as well as our own, our housing and living expenses are higher, and so on. In addition, we are constantly dealing with an institution (the university) that assumes that its participants (students) are not responsible for raising children.

     Although this is not necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that many of the people in positions of power within the institution (administrators, professors, instructors, employers) are ill-equipped to deal with us appropriately when our roles as parents are incompatible with our roles as students. We must be prepared to advocate for ourselves if the university is inflexible when we find ourselves caught between our dual roles. Because of the ways in which society allocates the elements of parenting to female and male parents, with the bulk of the responsibility for child care typically falling on mothers, the ability to advocate for ourselves may be particularly important for student mothers.
     As student parents, we must first understand that we have the right to equal access to education. Just as students who use mobility devices cannot be denied access based on their ability status, students who are parents must not be denied access based on our parental status. For us, equal access may sometimes require unique accommodations, just as ramps and elevators provide access to mobility device users. Unfortunately, accommodations are not always provided as a matter of course, requiring further action.
     We can advocate for ourselves most effectively when we communicate our needs. It is a good idea to stop by office hours at the beginning of each term to introduce yourself and mention that you are a student parent. If an issue arises, be matter-of-fact about your needs; your instructors will be much more inclined to accommodate you if they know you are familiar with your parenting role. Have documentation handy, as instructors tend to be (justifiably) skeptical, but don't hesitate to inform your professors of the situation and request a sensible solution. If something catastrophic happens and faculty cannot (or will not) work with you to resolve the situation, seek further assistance; start by contacting the Student Parent Advocate, Stephanie Duckett, or the Advocate for Students, Patricia Lacy.
     In addition to advocating for ourselves on campus, we may need to carry our sense of self-advocacy home with us. I know of two mothers whose return to college has sparked resentment in their teenage children because the mothers are less available to provide household services. We need to confidently explain that our college responsibilities are important and legitimate. Not only are we modeling college success for our children, but we can help them work toward their own self-sufficiency.

By Michelle Marie, parent of one, PhD Student in Design and Human Environment

 

Breakfast No-Bake Granola Bars

This recipe is a good source of iron, which carries oxygen in our blood.  

· 2 1/2 cups toasted rice cereal

· 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

· 1/2 cup raisins

· 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

· 1/2 cup light corn syrup

· 1/2 cup peanut butter

· 1 tsp vanilla

1. Put the rice cereal, oatmeal, and raisins in the bowl and stir together with the wooden spoon.

2. In the small saucepan mix together the brown sugar and corn syrup.  Turn the heat to medium-high. Stir constantly while the mixture is brought to a boil. Once boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat.

3. Stir the peanut butter and vanilla into the sugar mixture in the saucepan. Blend until smooth.

4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereals and raisins in the large bowl. Mix well.

5. Press the mixture into the baking pan.

6. When cool, cut into 18 bars.

 

Research Highlight: Home-based child care meeting nutritional standards; widespread use of TV a concern

A large study of family child care providers shows that while nutrition standards are often met, most children ages 2 to 5 are not getting enough physical activity and are exposed to the television for most of the day.

A study of about 300 home-based child care providers by Oregon State University’s Stewart Trost, an internationally-recognized expert on childhood obesity issues, sheds light on both positive and negative aspects of family daycare providers. The findings are published in the December issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Trost, who directs the obesity prevention research core at the new Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children at Oregon State, said a big concern was television exposure in such a young age group. The providers surveyed were   caring for young children up to age 5, and two-thirds of providers said they had the TV on most of the day. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two hours of television per day for children between the ages of 2 and 5, and discourages any television viewing for children younger than 2.

In addition, while many providers (78 percent) reported offering more than an hour of time for active play daily, 41 percent said children sat for extended parts of the day. Also of concern to the researchers: A majority (63 percent) restricted active play or exercise as punishment for kids.  “Would you withhold fruits and vegetables for kids who misbehave and negatively affect their health?” Trost said. “All the research shows that restricting physical     activity makes children more, not less, likely to misbehave. So it’s not even an effective means of punishment.”

Trost said the most eye-opening result of the study was that less than half of the providers had received any training in physical activity. Trost’s past research has shown that children in family daycare get an average of only seven minutes of physical activity per hour. Group this with the 114 percent rise in childhood obesity in the last 30 years, and Trost said it is time to act on this crisis facing American children.

He said providers did “pretty well” in supporting healthy eating habits. Very few reported serving fried foods or high-fat foods, and a low percentage of providers served sweets or chips as snacks.

One area of nutritional concern was the use of whole milk and an over-reliance on fruit juice. More than 50 percent of providers reported serving juice every day, and less than 14 percent served low-fat milk regularly.

“There is a misconception that whole milk is what should be served to youngsters,” Trost said. “Low-fat or skim milk has just as much vitamins, and is much healthier. And fruit juice, even 100 percent juice, is mainly sugar and is not what we recommend.”

Trost said weaning American children off juice is not an easy task, and child care providers are probably doing what they think is best for kids.

“Juice boxes are part of the culture, and it is hard to break those habits and the heavy influence of marketing, on both parents and child care providers,” he said.

Trost and colleagues at OSU Extension Service, in response, have begun a four-year intervention study called the Healthy Home Child Care Project with family daycare providers in a five-county area from Portland to Eugene. The largest intervention of its kind, this $1.2 million project is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It will   collect data on what Oregon family care providers are   doing, as well as seek to improve nutritional and physical activity standards through Extension-based training.

 “We’ve got an epidemic that affects the future of our children, and we need to act,” Trost said. “We need to put the research into the hands of the people caring for our youth and start getting results.”

 

Did you know..?

You can receive FREE Marriage Counseling- 

Students:  You can receive free marriage counseling services through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).   To make an appointment with CAPS, call 541-737-2131, or email CAPS@oregonstate.edu

Staff/Faculty:  You can receive free marriage counseling services through Employee  Assistance Program (EAP) .  To talk to a counselor or receive a referral from EAP, call 503-588-0777, or visit the EAP website at www.cascade center.com.

 

Upcoming Family Events  Check out our calendar of family events happening in the Corvallis and Albany areas.