Family Advocacy

 Our work is fundamentally about making Carolina a more friendly-family workplace.

We do this by working to

  • Expand access to quality, affordable child care for all UNC families.

Our Director serves on the Chancellor’s Child Care Advisory Committee.

We support increased subsidies and child care assistance for UNC families.

We host and coordinate the Parenting@UNC website.

We support the Graduate and Professional Student Federation and Student Parent Association to plan programming for student parents.  For graduate and professional resources, see the GPSF Resource Guide.

We have spearheaded efforts to have childcare facilities included in the new Carolina North and University Square developments. Day care is one of the permitted uses in the CN project, and the director of the University Square project has expressed interest in having a child care facility there.

We work to address the special needs of student and postdoc parents through programs like What to Expect When You’re Expecting @ UNC, a workshop for new parents, currently on hiatus. If you would like to request a WTEWYE workshop, please contact

Center staff helped found and have served as an adviser to the Pregnant & Parenting Student Support Group, now known as the Student Parent Association.

  • Increase lactation resources to support breastfeeding moms and help ease the transition back to work.

We continue to work to increase the number of Lactation Rooms on campus. Currently there are 10 rooms; in 2006, there were 2.

We are currently investigating ways to improve existing lactation resources for the women who use them.

We collaborate with and support the efforts of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Initiative in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. CGBI Director Dr. Miriam Labbok was the Fall 2011 CWC Faculty Scholar.  CWC staff also work with Carolina BEBES, a student group dedicated to evidence-based education and support for birth and breastfeeding, and we have participated in the Faculty Working Group on Infant and Young Child Feeding.

  • Make paid parental leave more widely available to UNC families.

We are currently researching the parental leave policies of our peer institutions to support our advocacy for parental leave for UNC staff employees. Paid parental leave is already available to facultypostdoctoral scholars, and some graduate students.

We work to help ensure that everyone is able to freely access the benefits to which they are entitled.