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One-stop shopping for all your parenting needs...


This site is dedicated to the needs of students at the University of Michigan who juggle parenting/elder/family care, study and work. It is maintained by the U-M Work/Life Resource Center (WLRC) and was created by the former Committee on Student Parent Issues (COSPI).

  • Contact to be added to the email list for graduate student parents in Rackham programs.
  • Contact to be added to the email list for undergraduate and graduate student parents in all other (non-Rackham) programs.


Are you interested in talking about your experiences as a single mother with a young child(ren) under age 6, and a low-income student in higher education? If so, please consider being a research participant for a dissertation study being conducted by an Eastern Michigan University doctoral student. Interview questions will focus on your experiences in higher ed, any obstacles and challenges you have encountered, and your motivation and aspirations for degree completion. If you are interested or have questions, please email

Scholarship applications are being accepted through March 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. for the Mary Kate Zelenock Memorial Scholarship, established in 2011 to assist U-M undergraduate students who are the primary caregivers for two or more children. Special consideration is given to students who have interrupted their education to be the primary caregiver for their children, and have now returned to school.

A Summer Camp Expo will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor. This annual event brings together representatives from area camps (including the U-M Children's Centers programs) so you can gather information, ask questions, and find the best fit for your child. 

Infant, toddler and preschool openings are available at independent Campus Child Care Homes Network programs in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, & Canton.

Preschool openings may be available at our Ann Arbor U-M Children's Centers. Contact Judy at (734) 763-3947 for more information.

U-M Family Helpers is an online listing of U-M students and U-M benefits-eligible retirees who offer child/elder care, tutoring, pet/house sitting, yard work, housekeeping, and more!



Advice for Students with Children (produced by Rackham Graduate School)


Past survey reports on U-M students with children


Contact WLRC

Contact COSPI