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Expanding Support for Student Parents

Like other reentry and non-traditional students, student parents benefit from forms of support and services tailored to their needs and mode of life. Recently, Student Affairs units have undertaken a series of new projects and initiatives to best serve this group, which is defined as undergraduate, graduate and professional students who play a primary role in caring for children and includes guardians, older siblings, foster parents and others who fulfill similar responsibilities.

New developments supporting student parents include a resource-focused website tailored to student parents’ needs, a working group led by Student Affairs units, as well as a subsidized child care program funded by a federal grant—all part of a collaborative effort within the division to make the resources and programs serving these students even more robust and accessible.

Check the Website

The Student Parent Website is the virtual hub for undergraduate, graduate and professional student parents at UC Davis. With comprehensive information about academic support and leave options, child care and activities, housing, crisis support services and more, this website serves as a central clearinghouse for resources and programs dedicated to supporting student parent success.

Meet the Student Parent Working Group

The Student Parent Working Group is a collective of campus units—led by the Women’s Resources and Research Center (WRRC) and the Transfer and Reentry Center (TRC)—dedicated to supporting student parents thriving at UC Davis. To amplify its efforts, the collective aims to streamline resources and advocacy for student parents. The participating units provide programming and direct services, along with managing the student parent website, coordinating assessment efforts and convening the Student Parent Advisory Board, a ​​broader group of stakeholders and advocates for student parent issues at UC Davis.

Subsidized Child Care

The Early Childhood Lab School (ECL) and the Transfer and Reentry Center have been awarded $1.5 million from the federal government (CCAMPIS: Child Care Access Means Parents in School) to establish a two-generation care program of subsidized child care for eligible student parents, including wraparound support for the parents as they work to complete their degrees while raising children.

The program is open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are eligible to receive federal Pell Grants; however, priority will be given to undergraduates and those with the most need, including low-income, single parents. See below for a detailed summary of the support available to students. 

The child care slots and wraparound support will begin fall 2022.  Information on application deadlines and program requirements will be available during the winter quarter on the Student Parent website. To learn more about this program, check out the article in Dateline. Questions? Contact

Take the Survey

Are you a student parent—or do you know one? Take the UC Davis Student Parent Needs Survey or pass it along. This survey will be used to develop recommendations to make UC Davis a more family-friendly campus, and anyone completing the survey by the end of fall quarter will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Visa Gift Card.

You can access the survey at the following link:



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Summary of Support Available

Subsidized child care spots at the ECL*
Options include:

  • Full-day Programming 
    M-TH: 7:45 a.m.–4:15 p.m.,
    F: 8 a.m.–noon
    • Infant (12–24 months)
    • Toddler (24–36 months)
    • Preschool (36–60 months)
  • Half-day Programming
    M–TH: 8:30–11:30 a.m.
    • AM Preschool (36–60 months)

​​​​M-TH 12:45–3:45 p.m.
PM Preschool (48–60 months)

* Student parent will receive full subsidy (no cost to attend), 50% subsidy, or 25% subsidy depending on financial need and available spots

  • Child development and whole family support from a Family Coordinator at the ECL
  • Student success support and wraparound services (individualized support and mentoring, connections to on- and off-campus resources and community-building) from a Student Parent Mentor at the TRC. (Students with children who are older than preschool age or receive care from another provider are eligible to receive support from the Student Parent Mentor).