• GVSU Faculty and Staff Family Friendly Resource Guide

  • Work Place Options - Resource Referral Services for Child Care Providers

    Did you know that it takes the average person 35 hours to find a child care provider? Let Work Place Options, part of GVSU's Employee Assistance Service, help you out! Simply call 1-800-788-8630 and speak with a referral specialist. The referral specialist will conduct a tailored search for the child care provider that best fits the needs of your child(ren). Let Work Place Options do the work for you

  • Children's Enrichment Center

    Located on the GVSU campus and serves children 2 1/2 - 12 years old. The Enrichment Center is open before and after school and during the summer for school age children and is open 7:00 am to 6:00 pm year round.

    The Children's Enrichment Center Offers three levels of preschool classes, as well as student parent support, and observational or volunteer opportunities. For details and more information visit the website or contact Sharalle Arnold at 331-5437 or


  • Adoption
    Pre-taxed savings for adoption assistance
    "The Adoption Resource Book" FREE from Work Place Options

    Adoption Resources and Benefits
    Adoption Form

  • Baby Changing Stations
    Baby changing stations have been added to male and female restrooms across campus. This has been done to serve the children of our faculty, staff, students and community members during working hours or for events that may be on campus.

  • Rooms for Nursing Mothers
    GVSU is striving to make it easier for nursing mothers to maintain breast-feeding after returning to work or school by providing private and comfortable rooms for nursing mothers.

    GVSU recognizes the importance of supporting nursing mothers by providing space for mothers to express milk.   If you are having difficulty making arrangements, please contact Sue Sloop at Work Life Connections, 331-8011 or
    Support for Working Mothers, Fathers, and Families

  • What Daddies Do Best
    When do guys get the chance to meet and talk about being a dad?  Here it is!  Join us for interesting and lively dialogue between GVSU dads of young children.  Lunch provided. 

    Facilitated by:  Sharalle Arnold,
    GVSU Children’s Enrichment Center

    Sue Sloop, GVSU Work Life Connections Program 
    To register:

  • What Mommies Do Best

    Please join us as we kick off the 2013-14 year for What Mommies Do Best
    Date: Oct 9th
    Time: 12-1pm
    Location: RM 2201 – Kirkhof Center  Sue Sloop of Work Life Connections will share on and off campus resources for faculty, staff and students juggling work, school and families.   Light refreshments will be served.

    If you have any questions please contact Sue Sloop at 616-331-2215 or email

    Faculty/Staff Register here:

    Students Register by calling 616-331-2748 or email:

  • Small Steps
    - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children (over 9 million) 6-19 years old are overweight or obese. . . .
    - Experts agree that inactivity and poor eating habits contribute to obesity. . . .
    - Nearly one-third of U.S. children aged 4 to 19 eat fast food every day, resulting in approximately six extra pounds per year, per child. 

  • Available Support Literature
    Literature on topics ranging from expecting your first child, to potty training, a variety of materials are available to help you with the journey of all stages of life

  • What a year old is like


  • Tips from GVSU Parents on Preparing for College


  • Mom Colored Glasses
    Mom Colored Classes, is a great online resource provided for the many moms out there. This creative, neat site gives interesting insight on being inspired, being whole, and being informed.
    “Being a mom changes the way you look at the world”






Susan Sloop, Work Life Consultant
GVSU Human Resources
Phone: (616) 331-2215, Fax: (616) 331-3216

or Encompass
 For all Work Life or Financial/Legal Resources and Referrals
       Contact 1-800-788-8630 or

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