How Does PSU Support Our Students with Children?

Parenthood is a rewarding experience, but can be a real challenge when juggling multiple responsibilities. About 24% of our students are parents or caregivers for children. Our Resource Center for Students with Children is currently operating remotely to assist our community. We strive to support our students with children through various programs and resources so that they can manage parenting and achieve academic success. In dedication to all of the hardworking parents who are also students, we’re highlighting the support services offered here on campus. 

The most popular resource for student parents is Little Vikings. This on-campus childcare center is open to faculty, staff, and students. Infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 2 years are welcome. Space is limited and you can sign up to add your child to the waitlist

Little Vikings is now also offering remote services. Kids ages 3-12 can attend free one-on-one virtual teacher playdates. The Little Vikings online activity room is a place for kids to play fun games, take part in programs, and do activities independently, so that parents can take time to focus on school or life. Also, Crafting with Little Vikings is a scheduled activity class that is a free, fun and comfortable space for children to enjoy making crafts with Little Vikings teachers.

The PSU Student Food Pantry offers free grocery items to students, in addition to childcare supplies including kids’ clothing, baby food, diapers of all sizes, wipes, formula, activity kits, and more.

The Jim Sells Childcare Assistance Program subsidizes up to 50% of the cost of childcare for eligible students. Students with dependent children who are currently enrolled in eight or more undergraduate credits or five or more graduate/post baccalaureate credits are eligible to apply. Non-resident, international and undocumented students are welcome to apply.

The SSWC is here to support our student parents in any way they can. You can visit their Virtual Office hours to get help with questions about financial aid, admissions, outside social resources or anything regarding childcare support.

SSWC has created a google site with resources and information to support students with children during the COVID 19 crisis, including a list of recommended child care facilities around Portland, free document printing, a well-being guide. You can also access resources for talking to kids about racism and protests, virtual kids’ dance parties and K-12 food resources.

Want to give back? You can support the SSWC through volunteering, financial donations, or donations of housewares and clothing. 

Check out the Resource Center for Students with Children on our site.