The Women's Center Supports Student Parents
At MSU we have a diverse population of students, and one particular group is student parents. Being a parent as well as a student is a challenge. Some of these students are balancing children, household chores, part-time or full-time work, and classes.
MSU does have some services available for student parents to help them manage and relieve some of the stress they are facing. Everyone is welcome to come hang out and enjoy our relaxing atmosphere.
The Women's Center is a place you can come to find resources for student parents;
- A box full of toys for the kids to play with, as well as some books to read.
- Couches, computers, a microwave, and refrigerator available for use.
- The Lactation Station is located in the women's bathroom across from the Women's Center (CSU 218). This is open to all students on campus! If you need a place to refrigerate your breast milk, you can store it in the refrigerator in the Women's Center during our business hours.
- Campus and community resources for student parents, such as lists of schools, doctors, dentists, LGBT students and parents, housing information, daycares... and MUCH more!
[PDF] New Child Resource Sheet (191 KiB)
Early LIteracy Resources
Minnesota Resources for Fathers
National Parenting Center
Car Seat Safety Classes
Family Equality Council Midwest Chapter - Annual events such as family camp, halloween dance and Rainbow conference. Ongoing events include social gatherings, speakers bureau and school advocacy.
[PDF] The LGBTQ Family Friendly Children's Book List (82 KiB)
Rainbow Health Initiative
Trans Youth Support Network
Gay Parent Magazine
Places to meet other LGBT parents/families
Coffee Hag- great study space
Natural Foods Co-ops
St Peter Coop
Mankato Farmers Market
Sun Moon Yoga
"Friend" LGBT organizations (such as those listed above) on Facebook to gain access to their event schedules- many are family-friendly and free
Mankato Clinic Obstretrics and Gynecology
Childbirth and Education Classes
Everyday Miracles - Free Doula Support
La Leche League
Natural Child Project
Pampers Parenting Institute
[PDF] Watch Me Grow Scrapbook (52 MiB)
20 Tips for Working, Going to School, and Breastfeeding
[PDF] Breastfeeding and going back to school or work PDF (220 KiB)
Child Care Resources
Please note: No child care services are located within the Women's Center.
Student Financial Servies
Minnesota's student population includes many paretns who need afordable, quality child care in order to continue their education at Minnesota Sate Mankato. The Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) administers the Post-Secondary Child Care Grant Program. it allocates funds to elligible colleges, which then select and make awards to students.
Blue Earth County
Education ( K-12 Schools & Preschools)
[PDF] [PDF] Blue Earth County Licensed Child Care Providers Listing (stream) (140 KiB) (pdf 18kb)
[PDF] [PDF] Nicollet County Licensed Child Care Providers Listing (stream) (68 KiB) (pdf 55kb)
Child Care Resource and Referral 507-389-1716
Child Care Assistance