Grand Valley State University Women's Center

Student Parent and Family Support

Grand Valley State University Women's Center is committed to providing resources and support to student parents.  There are many resources available to students on and off campus.  Below you will find a list of some of the programs and support services available to student parents and student parents-to-be.

On-Campus Resources

Children's Enrichment Center
GVSU's Children's Enrichment Center provides early education and care for GVSU students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. 

Nontraditional Student Resources
This group is dedicated to providing support to nontraditional students at GVSU. The NTS committee created a website for nontraditional students that has resources and answers common questions.

Room for Nursing Mothers/ Nursing Nests:
GVSU is striving to make it easier for nursing mothers to maintain breastfeeding after returning to work or school by providing private and comfortable "nursing nests."

Baby Changing Stations: Changing stations are located in men's and women's restrooms across campus. Baby changing stations have been added to restrooms in the following locations: Commons, Fieldhouse, Kirkhof Center, Lake Ontario Hall, Mackinac Hall, Niemeyer Honors College, and Performing Arts Center.. This has been done to serve our faculty, staff, students and community members that may have children on campus during working hours or for events. 
Student Food Pantry: balancing work, school and a family can be challenging.  The student food pantry is located in the Women's Center and is available to GVSU students.

What Mommies Do Best provides an opportunity to meet with other GVSU Moms around interesting topics of discussion to both young moms and more experienced moms. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome.

Agencies in the Community

Family Futures
Family Futures is an non-profit organization in Grand Rapids that supports families through parent coaching, education, and prevention-based programming.

Kent County Health Department Pregnant & Parenting Resources
Kent County Health Department has a number of resources available for individuals who are pregnant and parenting.

MomsBloom is a non-profit organization in Grand Rapids that assists parents by matching volunteers with families with young children to offer support and offset the challenges of early motherhood.

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is a national organization with offices in Grand Rapids and around the state that offers reproductive health care, education, and advocacy.

Page last modified September 26, 2014