Resources and Support for Student Parents

Child Care

The GVSU Children's Enrichment Center is home of the "Littlest Lakers" serving families of GVSU and the surrounding communities since the early 1970s.  "Our mission here is to educate children, families, and students to shape their lives and societies in order to nurture habits of intellectual growth, curiosity, and a love for learning. For nearly 40 years, the Children's Enrichment Center has been providing affordable quality care for Grand Valley's students."  The CEC offers both full-time and part-time enrollment options.  Discounts are offered for GVSU students, faculty/staff, siblings and military families.

Great Start to Quality - Provides 1uality Early Childhood Education information for Kent and Ottawa County

Rooms 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.

Community Agencies

Family Futures
Family Futures is a 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

Title IX Rights

GVSU is committing to supporting pregnant students throughout the course of their studies.  Information about your pregnancy will be treated confidentially and sensitively on a need to know basis with consent.  Students are granted a leave of absence for as long as it is deemed medically necessary by a doctor.  At the conclusion of the leave, the student may be allowed to resume status held when the leave began.  A memo will be created with you to ensure reasonable accommodations are made and your needs are met during your pregnancy, following the birth and when you return to study. 

To make any reasonable accommodations please contact the office of Disability Support and Resources

If you any questions regarding your rights as a pregnant or parenting student, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at (616) 331-9530 | 

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GVSU Center for Women and Gender Equity

Resources available including Replenish food pantry and student parent advocates are available, find more information on their website

Page last modified September 22, 2022