The Women's Center

West Chester University

Alicia Hahn-Murphy
Lawrence Center 220
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2122
Fax: 610-436-3160
AHahn@wcupa.edu


Resources for Student Mothers

 

 

Juggling motherhood, work, and school all at the same time can be an exhausting task. Here are some resources to help you with your time here at West Chester University.

Graduate Mom

 

 

FINANCES

Job Listings

If you are in need of a part-time job, please do not hesitate to visit the Twardowski Career Development Center on the second floor of Lawrence Hall. The Career Center will be able to provide you with a list of part-time jobs, full-time jobs, or summer jobs in the area. Look for a job, build your resume, consider future careers, and more!

WIC

WIC is a government funded program that specializes in providing healthy nutritional foods and advice to pregnant women, breastfeeding women, postpartum women, and infants and children under the age of five years old. It is very simple to apply, and can come in very handy for you and your child while you are in school.

Financial Aid

WCU does not have any specific scholarships for student mothers. However, if you look around you may be able to find scholarships through other organizations that will help to provide you with funding for school. It is possible to receive state grants for being an independent student with a child (dependent). The links below may help you find funding for school as a parent. Stop by the Financial Aid office and ask to see the Scholarship Binder, because there are scholarships listed in the Scholarship Binder that may not necessarily be available to view online.

 

Health Care Information

There are many insurance companies that will cover children, however CHIP is an insurance program especially for children and is solely dependent upon your current income. If you currently do not have an income or are below CHIP’s income guidelines, CHIP will forward your application to Medicaid and your child may be insured for no cost at all.

FOR YOUR CHILD

Daycare Information

Based on income guidelines there is a government program known as "subsidized daycare" that can provide funding for daycare for your child. Sittercity.Com and Superpages.Com also offer babysitting listings.

Children’s Consignment Clothing Stores

Children are constantly growing! If you are a college student with limited financial resources, it can be hard to provide clothing for your growing child. The stores below carry inexpensive children’s clothing and are located in the West Chester area. Check them out!

 

Breastfeeding

If you choose to breastfeed, the Women's Center can help. We are currently working hard to get breastfeeding stations placed in different areas around campus for student moms who breastfeed their little ones. In the meantime, the Women's Center can provide you with a private place to breastfeed. Just contact us and ask! Additionally, La Leche League is an organization that provides support for breastfeeding mothers.

 

SUPPORT

Play Dates

Play dates allow mothers to socialize with each other while their children play together. Joining a mom’s group or play date group will allow you to make friends who are also sharing the joys of motherhood and may help you to relieve some tension and stress that come with the demands of motherhood. Chester County Moms, Moms of West Chester, and MOPS: Mothers of Preschoolers are just some examples of local groups.