Support for Students with Children

Students with children constitute a vibrant part of our learning community at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. There are a variety of services and resources available across the University of Michigan campus to help support students with children academically and socially. 

If you are seeking parental support, or have questions, please contact Dani Koel, Student Life Program Specialist, at danikoel@umich.edu

Campus Resources

University of Michigan students with children have many resources at their fingertips through the Students with Children Website. Resources include assistance in locating child care, subsidy programs, university policies, sources of social support, and information about family friendly activities.

The Work/Life Resource Center provides information and resources regarding the healthy balance of work and personal life. Their website provides information on how to find child care, back-up emergency care, and family helpers. They also have extensive resources for expectant parents and a list of lactation rooms on campus.

The University of Michigan offers housing for graduate students and students with families. This website provides information on the Northwood Community Apartments and Townhouses, a vibrant community that houses hundreds of families and graduate students on North Campus.

Sponsored by Michigan Medicine, this website provides resources on child development and behavior. There are links to agencies and organizations, support groups, informational reports and tools, and a guide to online resources.

At the School of Public Health, room 2759 in SPH I and room 6023 in SPH II are private rooms for lactating mothers. Access is available to SPH students, staff, and faculty. Visitors may be granted access by special request.

Lactating mothers should contact Debbie Struhar (dstruhar@umich.edu) for room access instructions.

This University of Michigan facility offers a comprehensive range of mental health services for children and families in the community.

The University Center for the Development of Language and Literacy provides language and literary services to adults and children. Their variety of programs helps families and individuals cope with the challenges of special education, learning disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, ADD, and more.

Healthcare and Pregnancy Information

In addition to the facilities below, you can find lists of health providers and clinics on campus and in the community on the Students with Children website.

The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive care for children.

St. Joseph Mercy Health System provides holistic care for the entire family, including pregnancy, childbirth and infant care and children, adolescent and teen health.

Child Care Resources

The University of Michigan Early Childhood Education and Care website describes the range of child care choices at the University of Michigan. Parents may search for centers by ages served, by schedule, and by campus location.

The Work/Life Resource Center’s website lists resources, programs, and statewide databases of child care providers.

Kids Kare at Home is a back-up child care program for University of Michigan families when your child is mildly ill and cannot be sent to school/child care or your regular child care is not available.

Child Care Network aims to help families find quality child care education, provide parents with tips on how to choose child care, and assist low-income families with the costs of licensed care.

The Family Helpers program connects members of the University of Michigan community who want to offer occasional/short-term/part-time services with members of the university community in need of assistance. Services may include child care, tutoring, elder care, house sitting, yard work, running errands, pet care, and housekeeping. Access is limited to current University of Michigan students, benefits-eligible retirees, and current faculty and staff members, and individuals offering services must pass a State of Michigan background check before their profiles are posted.

Family Helpers indicate the services offered and their general availability, and University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students can log in to view profiles and contact potential Family Helpers. Faculty, staff, and students may also post a help wanted ad, and Family Helpers are encouraged to check these job opportunities frequently. Rate of pay and other details are negotiated between the client and the Family Helper.

Rackham Graduate School Resources for Graduate Students

If you’re a Rackham student, the Rackham Graduate School has designed a variety of programs and events, from child care information and parenting resources to support groups and social events.

Ann Arbor Resources

The Ann Arbor City Guide includes listings about schools, child care, educational resources, activities for children, and youth sports.