Academic support: Balancing schoolwork with family responsibilities can be a challenge. UNC has a number of resources for students needing support.
- The Center for Student Academic Counseling offers academic counseling and personal support.
- The Learning Center offers peer tutoring, academic coaching, time management tools, and test preparation resources. It also helps students set up or find study groups.
- Undergraduate Retention works to help students remain in school.
- The Writing Center offers writing coaching, online writing support, and support for students whose first language is not English.
- Many departments that teach large general education courses offer subject-specific tutoring or help rooms (e.g., Math, Biology, Psychology).
**If you need academic accommodations due to your pregnant or parenting status, please contact the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (919.966.3576) to learn what reasonable accommodations are available to you. Reasonable accommodations enable you to continue your education but do not compromise the academic integrity of the course.**
Baity Hill Student Family Housing offers an on-campus living community for students and their children. Rental Requirements:
- Full-time, single graduate students are eligible for one-bedroom apartments only.
- You must be a full-time student to be eligible to live at Baity Hill. Priority is given to students with families.
- You will need to submit an online application through the Housing Portal at myhousing.unc.edu. You must have valid Onyen and PID number to submit an application.
- A $200 non-refundable application fee is due with your application.
The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to providing essential education, programs and services to support students’ academic, personal and professional development. They offer an array of student support options.
The Student Emergency Fund, through the Office of the Dean of Students, helps students who experience unexpected financial hardships and who have exhausted all other resources.
Campus Health Services offers a wide array of services to support the health of UNC undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral fellows.
The Graduate and Professional Student Federation, the graduate and professional student governance organization, advocates for student parents. The GPSF also has an emergency fund that “provide[s] financial assistance to graduate and professional students with emergency financial assistance for unforeseen financial circumstances that could hinder their ability to complete their graduate or professional degrees.”
Students for Life offer $500 scholarships from their Parenting Student Assistance Funds. Applications available from the organization or at the CWC.
**If you need accommodations due to your pregnant or parenting status, please contact the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (919.966.3576) to learn what options are available to you.**
P2P Accessibility Service: During the last month of pregnancy or during a high risk pregnancy, students and employees can obtain a P2P pass from Campus Health that allows them to have the P2P pick them up and drop off anywhere on campus. Call 919-962-3951 for more information, and find the application here; note that there is a section a physician must complete. (The P2P cannot take you from an off campus location to an on campus location.)
Car seat safety resources:
- UNC PD “hosts a Child Passenger Safety Program which provides resources and outreach to parents and caregivers to help educate them on proper transportation and restraints for children, as well as to assist with the task of ensuring child restraints are used and installed properly.” Three officers hold the National Child Passenger Safety Certification, which trains technicians to install car seats and to provide free “one-on-one personalized instruction on how to properly use [the] child’s car seat.” To set up an appointment, complete this online request.
- BuckleUpNC.org: Information about NC laws related to car seats and booster seats for children, choosing and using car seats, and local programs for installing and checking car seats
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Federal information about laws, use, and ratings of car seat models
The 2010 UNC-CH Parenting Resource Guide for Parents and Parents- to-be contains various pregnancy and parenting resources, both on campus and in the surrounding community. Topics include Childcare Resources, Finding Financial Assistance for Childcare, On-campus Housing, Local Public School Systems, After-School Childcare, Local Family-Friendly Activities, Financial Aid and Community Assistance, Healthcare Resources, Low-Cost Health Care Providers, Pediatric Providers, Mental Health Resources and Providers, Legal Resources, Nursing/ Lactation Support, Pregnancy Resources & Social Support, Resources for Families of Children with Special Needs, and Transportation.
UNC Campus Rec offers programs for kids, like Kids ROCK! (check special events calendar). Students, faculty, and staff have the chance to play and exercise with their children, age range 5-12 years old. Additionally, employees may add partners and dependents to their membership, including prorated pool only access.
The Family Support Center “helps families access a broad array of supports and services, including formal supports (such as paid respite care) and informal supports (such as parent-to-parent connections) and a community system of services that promote the well-being of families and their children with special needs. … [It] works with families, communities, and service providers to promote and provide support for families with children who have special needs – which includes special health care needs, developmental and learning disabilities, and behavioral/mental health diagnoses.”
The UNC Department of Psychology Community Clinic offers affordable assessments, with fees based on an income-determined sliding scale, for the following:
- Learning disorders in children and college students/adults;
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children and college students/adults;
- Mood and Anxiety Disorders in children and adolescents;
- Giftedness; and
- Early admission to kindergarten.
UNC summer camps: Various units of UNC offer fun and educational summer camps. For example, the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence offers several STEM-oriented camps (e.g., Morehead Planetarium), and the NC Botanical Garden offers youth and family programs. The Family Support Program compiles a list of local and state-wide camps annually, with special attention to camps’ abilities to accommodate children with special needs. Additionally, a number of sports teams sponsor summer skills camps (e.g., soccer, basketball for boys and girls).
Dining Services offers meal plan holders a reduced-price $5 option for children 6 and under at Top of Lenoir and Rams Head.
UNC Hospital offers a student/employee discount on prenatal classes. See their upcoming events page for more information.
The Office of Human Resources provides employees with information about and support accessing their benefits. Of particular interest: benefits-eligible employees can use their NCFlex Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Account to pay for childcare. The FSA allows for pre-tax deduction and reimbursement, up to $5000/year, for the costs of daycare for an eligible dependent (including children up to 13 years old and legal dependents who are physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves). Employees can also take advantage of paid time off through the Community Service Leave program, which enables employees to participate in volunteer activities such as attending children’s fieldtrips or volunteering in the classroom (through the high school level).
LGBTQ Center sponsors a variety of programs for the support, education, and enrichment of our campus community.
The Carolina Women’s Center is a supportive parenting environment and resource hub for faculty, students, and staff on campus. A lending library stocks a number of books on parenting issues. See below for a list of available titles. The CWC also offers lactation space, as well as child-friendly study space.
- Families are welcome in the libraries, but children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians at all times.
- If you would like a semi-private study space with your child, there are group study rooms in several libraries across campus. These rooms may be booked online. You can view information about study rooms, areas with comfortable furniture, and more here.
- All UNC libraries are breastfeeding friendly. There are changing tables in the R.B. House Undergraduate Library, as well as dedicated lactation rooms nearby in the Student Union and Student Stores. You can view a map of all lactation rooms on campus here.
- The Media Resources Center, located in the basement of the R.B. House Undergraduate Library, has a large selection of films. Children’s and family titles are available to stream or to check out on DVD with your OneCard. To search for available films, visit Filmfinder.
- The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) in Manning Hall has a library with a large selection of children’s books and a reading space for children. The SILS library is located on the 1st floor of Manning Hall, and you may request any of their titles be delivered to other libraries on campus through the Carolina BLU book delivery service. To search for books held by any library on campus, visit the catalog.
Dr Brian Sturm is a SILS faculty member and a master storyteller. He teaches storytelling classes and directs “Story Squad,” a local organization that does community outreach. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Novelist Plus is a database containing book summaries, recommendations, and reviews. If you or your child is looking for a new book to read, you may search the database here (click on the “available via…” link at the bottom).
CWC library titles on parenting:
- Andrea J. Buchanan, Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute Of It
- Ariel Gore and Bee Lavender, Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers
- Ariel Gore, The Essential Hip Mama: Writing from the Cutting Edge of Parenting
- Andrea O’Reilly, Feminist Mothering
- Amber E. Kinser, Mothering in the Third Wave
- Elizabeth Pantly, The No-Cry Sleep Solution
- Deborah Tannen, You’re Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation
- Amy Tiemann, Ph.D., Mojo Mom: Nurturing Yourself While Raising a Family
This list includes activities and resources for children, adult dependents, and elderly dependents.
- Check out CHillKids for family oriented fun in the Triangle Area!
- “Notes from a Mom in Chapel Hill” also has a lot of resources for parents and lots of posts about where to find “Kid Friendly” activities for the whole family!
- Chapel Hill Visitors’ Bureau Events page lists lots of family-friendly options.
- Kidzu Children’s Museum (Chapel Hill) is open Tuesday through Saturday. They host pop-up programs in University Mall as well!
- Chapel Hill Parks and Rec offers events, athletics programs, and recreation facilities.
- Durham Visitors’ Bureau provides a searchable listing of kid-friendly activities.
- The Museum of Life and Science in Durham has camps, classes, and after-school clubs for children. View hours and admission prices here.
- BeBusinessed Kids Activities on a Budget
- Raleigh Vistors’ Bureau listings of family friendly attractions and activities.
- Triangle YMCA provides a variety of programs and services (including childcare) at locations throughout the Triangle.
- Traingle-based Sports for Special Kids provides “resources to existing organizations to help further their ability to provide sports and physical activities for kids with physical and developmental disabilities.”
- Take part in a mom meetup, a healthy moms class, or a mommy and me class.
- Carolina Parent has tons of resources for parents, including parents of special needs kids, as well as updates on activities in the Triangle. Here is the link to their Calendar of Events.
- The Do Babies Matter? Facebook page, moderated by one of the authors of Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower, regularly posts links about work/life balance, gender pay equity and child resources.
- News & Observer summer camp guides, compiled in partnership with Child Care Services Association, are hosted on the CCSA’s Additional Resources page.
- Non-employer based health insurance
- Tax-credit subsidies based on income
- All plans (except grandfathered) meet ACA guidelines, which mandate no-cost preventative care for women and children
Center for Child and Family Health (Durham)
- “Define, practice, and disseminate the highest standards of care in the field of prevention and treatment of childhood trauma.”
- Collaboration of Duke University, NC Central University, UNC-CH, and the non-profit Child and Parent Support Services (CAPSS).
- Provides services and support for children and families who have been exposed to violence and other traumatic events, including referral to community resources, various modes of therapy, parent-child education, and post-adoption support
Compass Center for Women and Families (Chapel Hill)
- Crisis care for women and families facing domestic violence
- Resources and referrals
- Help with law enforcement
- Support groups
Law Students Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (Chapel Hill)
- University-recognized organization of UNC law students
- Provides free legal representation to survivors of domestic violence who are seeking a civil domestic violence protective order
- Provides information on NC-based domestic violence prevention organizations and resources
Durham Crisis Response Center (Durham)
- Free legal clinic
- Case management
- Temporary emergency shelter
- Support groups and counseling for survivors, secondary survivors and family members
- Office in UNC School of Social Work is the local chapter of state-wide organization
- Promotes and provides support for families with children who have special needs
- Includes links to Information and Referral/ Central Directory of Resources, Family Support Network, North Carolina Activities, Research and Evaluation, and Special Projects
NC Diaper Bank (Durham)
- Free disposable diapers to low income families with babies
- Based in Durham
NC Head Start (Multiple offices statewide)
- “Federally funded, comprehensive preschool program designed to meet emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs of three and four year olds and their families.”
- Early Head Start focuses on serving “families with children ages birth through three and low-income pregnant women.”
- Orange County
- Low cost/sliding scale for prenatal care
- WIC (supplemental nutrition aid for women with infants and children up to 5 years old)
- Child and Adolescent health programs
- Sexual health
Triangle Family Services (Raleigh)
- Consumer credit counseling, including house buying and mortgage delinquency counseling
- Emergency housing
- Supervised visitation
- Developing Opportunities for Safe Environment (DOSE) program: support and psychoeducational group to modify behavior
- Mental health services
InterAct of Wake County (Raleigh)
Family Abuse Services of Alamance County (Burlington)
Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services (Pittsboro)
Welcome Baby (Durham)
- Discounted car seats with prices based on income
- “Giving Closet” of free childrens’ clothes (0-5 years)
- Free multivitamins for mothers
- Parenting classes
- Child care educational materials and other community resources