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Family Resources

Juggling the responsibilities of attending college can be an overwhelming task. Add in managing a family and you have a real challenge. Our new Family Services webpage is designed to make it a little easier. We offer support and information, which is often all you need. If you need more help, our resources and links can offer additional on- and off-campus assistance. The goal is to provide expertise, information, and services so you can best meet the needs of your family. 

Nest Watchers

Nest Watchers is a babysitters clearinghouse designed to provide UNT-Denton student-parents with an additional resource when looking for hourly child care. For more information please go to http://NestWatchers.unt.edu

Child Care Resource and Referral Service

  • Struggling to find child care near your home or UNT?
  • Wondering if you’re paying too much?
  • Need a program for your school-age kids while you’re in class?

UNT has formed a partnership - free of charge to UNT students, faculty, and staff - with Camp Fire First Texas’ Child Care Network (CCN) to provide customized child care solutions. A specialist will work with you to identify your child care needs and provide you with a list of licensed programs that have availability and meet criteria specific to your family. Camp Fire has a database of more than 2,000 regulated child care (infant – school-age) programs, day camps, summer camps and programs for children with special needs. Camp Fire also identifies resources to help address other life issues, including respite care, tutoring and summer care.

How does the CCN work?

To be contacted by the CCN, please complete the form found here. On this form, you will answer questions about your child care needs, including the type of program, hours needed, location, budget, and additional information about your family’s needs.

OCSS will check that you are a currently enrolled student or employee, and will then pass on your form information to CCN. Within 2 business days, you will be contacted by the CCN representative. You will receive profiles of programs that match your criteria (as many as possible) and have openings. You will also receive a referral packet with information about selecting a child care program. You, as the parent, will need to contact or visit the referred providers to select the one that best meets your needs. The CCN specialist will contact you within 2 weeks to follow up and survey you about your experience.

Texas Home Institution for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

HIPPY is a home vistation program that serves as a catalyst for change at all levels - family, school, and community - by increasing school readiness and parent involvement. HIPPY empowers parents as the primary educators of their children. We foster parent involvement in school and community life to maximize the chances of successful early school experiences. Learn more at http://hippy.unt.edu

Drop-In Care Options

These providers and the information concerning them are intended as referrals only. The specific information included in each child care referral has been submitted to us by the provider. We do not license, endorse or recommend any provider. Additionally, we do not ensure that any provider offers quality care. We encourage you to visit the providers to determine what is best for your family and your child care needs: click here.

Fatherhood EFFECT

The Fatherhood EFFECT (Educating Fathers for Empowering Children Tomorrow) program is to help father participants (legal, assumed, or father figure in the life of a minor child) improve their relationships with their children, family sustainability, and to increase their economic stability. This will be done by connecting the fathers to a variety of community services and agencies and through intensive mentor-navigator engagement employed by NewDay Services. To sign up, click here. Referral Info: Select "Other", type in "UNT", for Referring Representative: Courtney Newsome, 940-565-3807, OCSS@unt.edu
 

Lactation Rooms

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care also calls for certain organizations with 50 or more employees to provide a private location and “reasonable break time” for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth. The lactation room cannot be a bathroom.

Five rooms for breast feeding have been completed and furnished in the busiest buildings:

  • Union 431
  • Discovery Park B145
  • Willis Library 155C- need key from front desk to access
  • Gateway Center C058A- need key from front desk to access
  • General Academic Building 542A

The private rooms are indicated by the universal breast feeding logo (except for Union 431).

Each room has a wood-look vinyl plank floor for ease of cleaning, includes a bariatric chair (rated to hold up to 1,000 pounds) covered in vinyl upholstery (also for ease of cleaning), a side table, and a table lamp so nursing mothers can turn off the overhead light if they so choose.

Each room also includes an outlet for a breast pump, and a Koala brand changing table. There are no sinks in the rooms, but wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers installed.

  • Find locations for the mother friendly rooms here(Photo by Gary Payne)

The Texas Health Code identifies organizations as “mother friendly” when they establish policies to support worksite breast feeding. The code also allows breast feeding in any location.

  • Find FAQs about lactation rooms.

Funding

These links direct you to programs and services to help you take full advantage of available child care financing.

UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships – Apply for grants, work study, loans, and scholarships.

Student Money Management Center – Schedule a consultation to help you create a financial survival plan, including setting goals and establishing a budget.

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas – Funding for child care services whose families are low income. UNT faculty, staff, and students are automatically enrolled in the program after verification. See the web site for specific eligibility information, which varies based on where you live.

Child and Dependent Care Tax Credits – Forms and information to help you apply for credits that can help you pay for child care.

Student Veteran Services – Discounts and scholarships offered to those who have served our country.

Parenting Topics

Lunch & Learn

Did you miss our Lunch & Learn series last semester? Here's a session you may find helpful:

Child Care Network Videos

Bedtime Battles -  http://youtu.be/Jm-3nn16S3k

Tantrums - http://youtu.be/v2GBuxhPIrg

Access to child care options (about CCN) -  http://youtu.be/gg9LIo4QazM

Helping your child succeed in school -  http://youtu.be/RZHC9AAUvvk

Brain Development

Just as good food and exercise can help our bodies grow, good early experiences can help our brains grow. There is even stronger evidence that there is a link between brain activity and brain growth. Learn more!

Is Your Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?

For many families with older children between the ages of nine and 12, the time comes when you must decide if your child is ready to care for himself. This article gives you tips and tools to help evaluate if this is the right decision for your child.

UNT Programs for Children

Early Childhood Music

Center for Play Therapy

UNT Speech & Hearing Center

UNT Autism Center

Child and Family Resource Clinic

Pre-School Options

You can choose to enroll your children in a laboratory pre-school that is available through the Child Development Laboratory at UNT. However, enrollment is limited. Administered through the College of Education, the pre-school enrolls children ages 3 to 5. The program runs throughout the academic year when classes are in session, and spaces are available for up to 55 children. Mornings, afternoons or full-day sessions are offered. For more information about the program, call (940) 565-2555 or visit http://childdevelopmentlab.unt.edu/.

Product Recalls

Safe Kids Product Recall List

Other Helpful Resources

UNT Center for Parent Education