A Toronto education program is offering busy mothers the opportunity to attain a GED while providing their children with free daycare.
Role Model Moms is run out of a church basement, and relies entirely upon private donations from various organizations.
“What we found is that there is nothing that offers babysitting tied to school, especially for high school,” said Shelby Hall, a teacher with the program.
Rosita Villar, a recent graduate of Role Model Moms, left high school when she was 16 after becoming pregnant with her first child.
Twenty years later, it was her first daughters impending graduation that encouraged her to enroll and get her high school equivalency.
“It just kind of hit me that my daughter, my eldest, was graduating. It hit me that I didn’t get my diploma and I said ‘Oh my gosh, I’d like to get it before she does’,” Villar said.
The CBC’s Anne-Marie Mediwake met up with some of the teachers and students of the program to talk motherhood, education and life, and you can watch her full report above.