Professor's Email to Mom Who Missed Class for Her Kid Is Going Viral for the Best Reason

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In a perfect world, we'd all have access to safe, reliable childcare, and it wouldn't be a challenge to go back to school or work a full-time job while raising a child. Unfortunately, that world does not exist (yet), but this may be the next best thing: After Morgan King, a 21-year-old single mom and college student, had to miss class because she couldn't find childcare, her professor went above and beyond to make sure it never happens again.

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King is in Dr. Sally Hunter's class at the University of Tennessee, and earlier this month, she emailed the professor to explain that she had to miss class to take care of her 3-month-old daughter, Korbyn. In response, Dr. Hunter not only told King how to make up her missed assignments, but also extended an open invitation for King to bring her daughter to class whenever she needs to.

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"In the future, if you are having trouble finding someone to watch Korbyn, please feel free to just BRING HER with you to class," Hunter wrote. "I would be absolutely delighted to hold her while I teach so that you can still pay attention to the class and take notes. I work for the Department of CHILD and FAMILY Studies -- so how terrible would it be if I were unwilling to have a child visit our class?"

King tweeted the teacher's response, and it quickly went viral.


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People applauded Dr. Hunter for her willingness to lend a hand to a student in need, but they also thanked King for her willingness to be honest about her struggles and share a challenge that so many college students face.


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Around 4.8 million college students are also raising children, according to the Institute for Women's Research, and just over half of them are single parents. For those moms and dads, access to affordable, reliable childcare can determine not only their ability to make it to class each day, but also their ability to put food on the table, to excel in their degree programs, and even whether or not they graduate.

Dr. Hunter is certainly not the first professor to open her classroom doors to her students' kids. In fact, stories about professors holding students' kids through lectures have become increasingly common in recent years. They're heartwarming and inspiring, but they're also indicative of how far we still have to go to help parents -- especially single parents -- achieve a better work-life balance and have the freedom to pursue opportunities that will result in a higher quality of life for them and their children.

As we strive toward those ultimate goals, it's good to know there are people out there like Dr. Hunter, who always have their students' backs. "We all need people around us, people supporting us," Hunter told WBIR News. "Nobody can do this journey by themselves."

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