Statement from The California Alliance for Student Parent Success

Statement from The California Alliance for Student Parent Success

The California Alliance for Student Parent Success (The Alliance) applauds Assemblymember Marc Berman and his team for their commitment to addressing the unique barriers faced by student parents and their families through the introduction of the Greater Accessibility, Information, Notice, and Support (GAINS) for Student Parents Act (Assembly Bill 2458).

With 400,000 student parents in California, the majority of whom are first generation students of color and grapple with significantly higher college costs compared to non-parenting students, the significance of this bill cannot be overstated. Today’s introduction of the GAINS for Student Parents Act marks a pivotal moment in empowering student parents–and the 3.9 million parenting Californians without a college degree–to pursue their educational goals with the support they deserve. Specifically, the bill will require automatic financial aid adjustments for student parents to better account for their child care expenses and require campuses to collect and report data for advancing student parent success. Ultimately, this effort will lead to improved outcomes for both student parents and their children.

The Alliance, led by California Competes: Higher Education and EdTrust-West, proudly sponsors AB 2458 to alleviate financial burdens, facilitate enrollment, and ultimately foster an inclusive, equitable system of learning for today’s students.


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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.