Welcome to Student Parent Help Center

SPHC Research Study

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The Student Parent HELP Center has just concluded a large format, multi-year, third-party program evaluation conducted by Wilder Research. Study results show SPHC staff contact and program involvement have significant, positive impact on graduation and retention.

Read more here!

Story Time with SPHC! (Sad story with a happy ending)

SPHC Fall 2021 Update

Please Note: The center (lounge and computer lab) is currently closed. However, staff are available on site on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and working remotely from home on Thursday and Friday. As usual, we're taking appointments by phone or Zoom. If you would like to talk to a staff member directly, see specific contact information below.

Undergraduate Student Parents: Please call Na king Xiong at 612-626-0824 (office) or 612-399-6313 (remote), xiong496@umn.edu.

Graduate & Professional Student Parents: Please call the SPHC main phone line at 612-626-6015, sphc@umn.edu. Our new graduate & professional student parent counselor Hannah Serwe will be starting her position at the end of September so for the time being, any questions from graduate & professional student parents should call this phone number for assistance. 

For administrative, research, media or programming questions: Please call Susan Warfield, Program Director, at 651-340-1280, warfi002@umn.edu

Child Care Grants Screening Process

If you would like to be screened for eligibility for either of our two childcare grants, please contact the appropriate student parent counselor to set up an intake appointment.

Undergraduate Student Parent Counselor: Na king Xiong, 612-626-0824 (office) or 612-399-6313 (remote), xiong496@umn.edu

Graduate/Professional Student Parent Counselor: Our new graduate and professional student parent counselor will not be starting her position until the end of September so any graduate and professional student parents interested in getting screened for our child care grants will need to contact the SPHC at 612-626-6015 or sphc@umn.edu for the time being. 

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr announced a gift from his Raise the Barr foundation to support research at the University of Minnesota’s Student Parent HELP Center (SPHC).

Student Experience with the SPHC

"I cannot thank you enough for your help and guidance with this. As I told Stephanie on the phone yesterday, your work and assistance to student parents is invaluable. I am a well-resourced, mid-30s graduate student with a planned pregnancy and ample personal, social, and financial support. Still, navigating pregnancy and parenting in the academy has proven to be more challenging than I could have ever guessed. After we spoke, I felt heard, validated, and like I had regained some sense of control/wasn't just lost in the sea of unanswered emails or dismissive responses. I hope that you both know how important your resources and supportive ears are for students of all ages and circumstances. If you ever need an advocate -- you've got one in me. "

(Teresa, Graduate Student)

Student Parent Help Center Community Spaces

Student Parent Help Center Lounge

Learn more about our undergraduate student parent lounge, computer lab, and community space for students on campus.

Undergraduate Child Care Assistance Grants and Other Funding

Grants & Scholarships

Look here for undergraduate based child-care assistance grants, scholarships, and emergency assistance funding.

Graduate/Pro Child Care Assistance and Other Services

Graduate Student Services

Look here for information regarding child care assistance funding and services for graduate and professional students.

Parents As Students (Undergraduate) Support Group

Parent As Students Support Group

The Parents As Students Support (PASS) group helps student parents connect, develop support networks, and build community.

Family Friendly Events & Activities

Events & Activities

The Student Parent Help Center organizes family friendly events and activities for Undergraduate and Graduate students.

Teen Parent Outreach Program

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We offer teen parent presentations at local high schools, alternative programs, and community organizations.