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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Student Parents

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Picture of MSU Mother and ChildThe 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.Lactation Station available in the women's bathroom across from the Women's Center CSU 218
  • 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!

Student Parents Support Network

Free Family Friendly Events in Mankato


[PDF] New Child Resource Sheet (191 KiB)

Early LIteracy Resources


Minnesota Resources for Fathers

National Parenting Center

Positive Parenting

PACER Center


Hip Mama


Mom Advice

Parents Know

Parents Connect

Car Seat Safety Classes


Child blowing bubbles with rainbowLGBT Families

General Resources

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

OutFront Minnesota

Rainbow Rumpus

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

Yoga/Meditation Centers

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


Baby African American Baby face

Mankato Clinic Obstretrics and Gynecology 

Childbirth and Education Classes

Everyday Miracles - Free Doula Support

Baby Center

Baby World

La Leche League

Natural Child Project

Pampers Parenting Institute

Watch Me Grow Scrapbook

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)

Daycare Locator

[PDF] Blue Earth County Licensed Child Care Providers Listing (140 KiB) (pdf 18kb)

[PDF] Nicollet County Licensed Child Care Providers Listing (68 KiB) (pdf 55kb)

Child Care Resource and Referral  507-389-1716

Child Care Assistance


Other Resources

Non-Traditional Student Center