Family and Parent Resources

Finding the right balance between raising a family and having an academic career isn’t easy but is a challenge well worth taking.

Children playing on a jungle gym at the Eagle Heights Residential Community Center child care facility Photo by: Jeff Miller

There are a number of family-friendly practices and resources in place for graduate students with families.  The Graduate School has developed this guide to help orient student-parent; however, it is not exhaustive. Please remember that your graduate program will also have important policies and resources. Be sure to consult with your graduate coordinator, advisor, and assistantship supervisor, if you have questions about taking leave or other academic issues related to family responsibilities.

For current parents: insurance options, financial resources, childcare information and resources, family-friendly campus housing options, and more.

For new and expecting parents: academic policies and options, leave of absence recommendations, campus resources for new parents, lactation rooms, and more.

Community resources and programming for children: parent-child classes, summer programs, state and federal services, and more.

Free and low-cost activities for children on and around campus: listservs, libraries, gardens, museums, theaters, consignment clothing sales, and more.

Comments from graduate students

As a graduate student and mother of two, I continue to be impressed by the multiple ways that the University provides me with resources and support.

—Jess Clayton, graduate student, Political Science Program

Although it would have been nice to have a little more income, and less resistance from the university about time off, having a baby during graduate school was the best decision I could have made. How fortunate I have been with having such a flexible schedule that I can be home a couple days a week with my daughter (working/writing from home)! It saves on childcare costs and it’s such a HUGE reward being able to spend that quality time with my kiddo!

—Elizabeth Becker, graduate student, Psychology Program

I have felt extremely well supported as a grad student with a family. The most important thing: health insurance! The UW health package for students is incredible…

—Benjamin V Beier, graduate student, English Program

Congratulations on your admission! Our current students have put together a Guide for you.

Parenting Advice from other Grad Students

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