Student Parent Resources

Obtaining a university degree is a challenge, and for students who also are parents, it can sometimes be overwhelming. With that in mind, Family Services, a unit of University Human Resources, provides a range of programs and support. 
NEW! Virtual Learning Support for School-Aged Children
University of Iowa Family Services is excited to announce a comprehensive, in-person program providing before, during and after school care, and assistance with virtual learning at a subsidized rate of $45 per week to UI student parents of school-aged children. Facilitated by a partnership with Lionheart Early Learning Centers, located in Iowa City and North Liberty, this program will support virtual learning using the school districts’ hybrid and 100% virtual model. Lionheart’s Paraeducators will provide technical assistance as well as support the student’s virtual schedule.  

Child Care Subsidy

The university’s child care subsidy program provides financial assistance for regular or evening/weekend study child care. Applications are accepted starting in August and remain open until funds are depleted. 

Finals Child Care

A collaboration with Little Angels Learning Center in Iowa City provides student parents free, safe, and quality child care during the two weekends before final exams each semester.

Scholarships for Spring Break Camp

UI Family Services collaborates with UI Recreational Services’ annual Goshawk Camp for children in the first through sixth grades during Iowa’s spring break. Eligible families receive a scholarship to cover part of the cost. For more info, see the Goshawk Camp Scholarship Application (pdf).

On-Campus Lactation Rooms

Iowa is proud to provide more than 75 lactation rooms across campus. Family Services encourages new parents to visit the lactation room listings on the HR website to find an accessible location. Parents also are encouraged to contact Family Services to locate a private space if a designated lactation room is not accessible.

Back-up Child Care Options

These resources help you connect to occasional child care providers when your child is ill and unable to go to school, your schedule unexpectedly changes, or you simply want to go out and have a relaxing evening.

HOMELIFE Support Group

HOMELIFE is a weekly, Zoom-based support group for students who are parents, students who are caregivers, and students who are expecting. Taking care of others while studying is always a big challenge and Covid-19 has amplified caregiving stressors in so many ways for so many families. At HOMELIFE we will connect, care, and strategize together. No registration required-come and go as needed. Students are welcome to bring/eat lunch during the meeting. Hosted by Elizabeth Marilla-Kapp, UCS Staff Therapist.
Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM


Contact Information

Family Services

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 50
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States