Resources & Support

Research shows that in addition to academic help, assistance with non-academic needs like food, childcare, transportation, medical care, and housing, as well as social support from peers, staff, and faculty can be important to academic success for parenting and pregnant students, especially single mothers. View the websites below to learn about resources and supports for parenting students in your area and ask about what help is available on your campus.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities provides basic needs help like food, emergency funding, medical care, housing, and clothing. Services vary by location. Use their website to find a location in your area.

Center for Parent Information & Resources

The Center for Parent Information & Resources' website contains a lot of free online parenting guidance and allows individuals to search for Parent Centers in their local area.

This government site allows you to search for childcare and childcare resources in your state.

Feeding America

Search Feeding America's site for food banks near you.

Institute for Women's Policy Research

Use IWPR's Student Parent Program Finder to search for support programs near you that offer resources like child care, networking opportunities, and help paying expenses.

Office of Childcare

This federal government office provides information on how to look for quality childcare, government funding that assists families in need with paying for childcare, and searching for a Head Start Program near you.


Use this site to see if you or your children may be eligible for medical care under the federal Medicaid program.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a lot of online information about mental health, 24/7 virtual support, and the ability to search for NAMI programs in your local area.

No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry gives free summer meals to kids in need across the country. Check out their website to see what is available in your area.

Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International offers online information about postpartum mental health, a 24/7 helpline, and the ability to search for support near you.

Pregnant on Campus Initiative

The Pregnant on Campus Initiative's website lists national, state, and university/college resources for pregnant and parenting students, and tips on balancing the roles of parent and student.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army provides basic needs assistance like food and shelter, as well as after school programming and summer camps to families experiencing financial difficulty. View their site to see what services are available in your area.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)

This federal program provides food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk. View the site to learn how to apply and find a local office.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. View the site to learn how to apply and find a local office.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. Services provided include financial assistance, job skills training, job readiness training, child care assistance, transportation and other work related expenses. Use TANF's site to find your local office and see if you are elgible.

The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics' site lists over 1,400 free & charitable clinics across the U.S. that provide health care to the medically underserved in their communities. Use the site to search for a clinic near you.

The National Center for Student Parent Programs

This site allows students to search for resources and programs in their area, as well as provides access to a scholarship database compiled by the National Center for Student Parent Programs.

The National Diaper Bank Network

Search the National Diaper Bank Network's site for diaper banks near you.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots gives holiday gifts to families in need across the country. Use their website to find a local campaign and request a toy online.

United Way

United Way's 211 program provides free assistance to individuals searching for resources and support in their local area.

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

View HUD's site to learn about subsidized housing, HUD homes, rental assistance, mortgage programs, and housing counseling and find out what you may be eligible to participate in.

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