Juggling the responsibilities of attending college and taking care of a family can be overwhelming. Our Family Resource webpage is designed to make your life a little easier by linking you to helpful resources for child care, family, funding, and more. Our goal is to provide as much assistance to you as we possibly can so you can best meet the needs of you and your family and continue to be a successful student. Please contact Off-Campus Student Services if you need more assistance at OCSS@unt.edu or (940) 565-3807.
Texas Child Care Solutions (TCCS) offers resources to assist families with child care and development. In order for you to attend school and/or work, you could be eligible for partial or full child care financial assistance depending on the following eligibility criteria:
Services are provided based on your region of residence, or "Workforce Area". Denton and Collin Counties are in the North Central Texas Workforce Area. Please visit the Texas Child Care Solutions site to apply for child care assistance and additional family-based resources such as employment, Head Start and prekindergarten, child development, financial, and family support.
Nest Watchers is a babysitters clearinghouse designed to provide UNT-Denton student-parents with an additional resource when looking for hourly childcare. UNT-student-parents are connected to UNT-student-babysitters so that you may negotiate babysitting services independent of UNT. Visit the Nest Watchers page for more details and how to sign up.
The Denton Independent School District is offering a 2021-2022 Pre-Kindergarten program. There are free and reduced-price options based on financial eligiblity requirements. Additionally, there is a tuition-based option. Applications for 2021-2022 will be accepted beginning summer 2021, so be sure to refer to the Thrive by 5 website for details.
HIPPY is a home visitation 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.
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.
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; maintain family sustainability, and increase their economic stability. Fathers will be connected to a variety of community services and agencies and intensive mentor-navigator engagement employed by NewDay Services.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 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. Bathrooms cannot be designated as lactations rooms by the institution.
Five rooms for breastfeeding have been completed and furnished in the busiest buildings:
The private rooms are indicated by the universal breastfeeding logo (see below), 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.
For a comprehensive list of lactation rooms, please use the Lactation Rooms link above.
The Texas Health Code identifies organizations as “mother-friendly” when they establish policies to support worksite breastfeeding. The code also allows breastfeeding in any location.
The following links direct you to on-campus and off-campus financial resources:
UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships – Apply for grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships.
UNT Student Money Management Center – Schedule a consultation to help you create a financial survival plan, including setting goals and establishing a budget.
UNT Career Center - On-campus resource for on-campus and off-campus job or career opportunities, resume/CV assistance, interview skills, internships, jobs for your major, and much more. Virtual programming may be available for those not able to meet on campus.
UNT Student Legal Services - Receive legal guidance, assistance, or representations for certain legal matters, such as landlord or lease disputes, debt collection, employment disputes, limited family law (simple divorce, name change), record expunctions, and more. If they cannot provide representation, such as criminal, traffic, or complex family matters, they will refer you to the State Bar referral network.
UNT Student Veteran Services – Resources designed specifically for offered to those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
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 website for specific eligibility information, which varies based on where you live.
Texas Workforce Solutions (Employment) - Another resource for finding employment, unemployment benefits, dependent-care, training and education, employee rights and laws, and more.
Child and Dependent Care Tax Credits – Forms and information to help you apply for credits that can help you pay for childcare.
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.
Products consumed by children are sometimes recalled by the manufacturer due to new-found safety issues that could seriously harm children. Use the link above to see a list of recalled products that you or your child use.