As a Catholic University, Notre Dame is committed to fostering a family-friendly environment for its graduate students, one that makes it possible for students to balance successfully their parenting responsibilities and their academic pursuits. Graduate Student Life has collected the following resources for students and their families.
Spouse ID Card
Spouses of degree-seeking students in the Graduate School (engineering, humanities, science, and social sciences) may request a spouse ID through the Graduate School. ID cards allow spouses access to student events, RecSports facilities, and the Hesburgh Libraries, and allow spouses to purchase dining hall meal plans. | Spouse ID Card Information | Spouse ID Card Request Form
University Accommodation Policy for New Student Parents
To assist graduate students who are new parents, the University offers a supplement, not an addition, to the six week medical separation policy. The accommodation provides students with a semester (16 weeks) to adjust to new parenthood. It is not a leave of absence; it is an accommodation. Students maintain their standing as students and are eligible for financial support. Read the Accommodation Policy for New Student Parents. To request accommodation please fill out this form.
University Policy for Pregnant Students in Labs
Read the policy.
Creating a More Family-Friendly Environment for Graduate Students
A report of the working group convened by Greg Sterling, Dean of the Graduate School. | Read the report.
Early Childhood Development Center
The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is a nonprofit early care and education program partially funded by Saint Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame to serve their communities. ECDC at Notre Dame, located on Bulla Road across from Fisher O'Hara-Grace Graduate Student Housing, serves children ages two through kindergarten during the school year and ages two and one-half through nine during the summer. Both part time and full time enrollment schedules are available during the school year and the summer. ECDC operates with a tuition scholarship structure based on gross family income, and is licensed by the Indiana Department of Child Care and accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). | Learn More
The Women in Arts & Letters website maintains a list of local daycare centers. | Website
Parents Day Off Preschool
The purpose of PDO preschool is to provide a Christian environment of quality child care and preschool development in a structured setting for young children and to provide parents with time off for personal fulfillment in order to improve the quality of their parenting. | Website
"Even Fridays are designed to meet the recreational needs of faculty, staff, graduate students, and their families. Even Fridays is primarily focused on traditional forms of recreation such as family bowling nights, skate nights, visits to the beach, and picnics. These events are held 5:30 - 7:30 PM on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month, unless otherwise noted. (Ex. Domer Run Family Walk is an Odd Saturday rather than Even Friday.)" | Learn more.
Memorial HealthWorks! Kids' Museum
"This program helps income eligible households reduce fuel consumption and fuel expenses by providing weatherization measures for homes at no cost to those served. These procedures include: health and safety inspection on the furnace and water heater, cellulose insulation in attics and side walls." | Website
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
"The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance to low and no income people and families living in the United States (U.S.). It is a federal aid program administered by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ." | Website
Energy Assistance Program
"The REAL Services’ Energy Assistance Program is a state-funded program that assists low-income households with electric and heating expenses during the winter months." | Website
Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
"The Special Supplemental Food and Nutrition Education for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is federally funded through the United States Department of Agriculture with oversight through the Indiana State Department of Health. WIC serves as the gateway to health care for many low-income women, infants, and children and is the premiere public health program in America." | Website
Family and Social Services Administration
"FSSA is a health care and social service funding agency. Ninety-four percent (94%) of the agency's total budget is paid to thousands of service providers ranging from major medical centers to a physical therapist working with a child or adult with a developmental disability. The five care divisions in FSSA administer services to over one million Hoosiers." | Website
The Shirt Charity Fund
Notre Dame Wellness Center
The Notre Dame Wellness Center team includes a physician, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, registered nurses, and other medical support personnel. The center provides services to University staff, faculty, and student dependents. | Website
If you want your spouse and/or dependent children to have access to the Notre Dame Wellness Center, please complete the Graduate Student Family Verification Form and return it to the Graduate School for verification.
Healthy Indiana Plan
"HIP is for uninsured Hoosier adults between the ages of 19-64. Parents or caretaker relatives of children in the Hoosier Healthwise program are likely candidates for HIP." | Learn More
Indiana Health Centers
"Indiana Health Centers, Inc.(IHC) is an organization that continuously learns and strives for excellence. Staying customer focused has brought us to many populations, locations, services, and funding sources. IHC serves some of the most vulnerable populations in Indiana, including low income Hoosiers, the homeless, and migrating farm workers. IHC has locations in both urban and rural locations, offering a broad range of services. Some services are also field based as appropriate. . . ."
"Anyone is welcome without regard to insurance status, income level, race, ethnicity, religion, or citizenship. By serving both insured and low-income patients, IHC is a proven model and a great success story. And we look forward to serving Indiana communities for many years to come." | Website | Locations | Services
Sister Maura Brannick, CSC, Health Center
"The Sister Maura Brannick, CSC, Health Center provides primary healthcare services to uninsured residents of St. Joseph County." | Learn More
Marital Therapy and Research Clinic
The Marital Therapy and Research Clinic (MTRC) provides psychological services for individuals and married and unmarried couples. Service are provided free of charge to Notre Dame students and for a nominal fee to non-student spouses. If you have been feeling depressed, anxious or are experiencing problems in your relationship, therapists at the clinic will work with you to relieve you from distress and help you develop self-confidence to live a more empowered life. They use proven techniques to improve well-being, and provide the best care in a confidential and supportive setting. | Learn More
Women's Care Center
"Women's Care Center free, confidential counciling, support and education to women facing unplanned pregancies." | Learn More
"The mission of Family First is simple; to serve the family. We take a creative and digital approach to our mission. As a 501c3 national non-profit organization, our goal is to use modern technology and offline events to strengthen the family by establishing “family” as a top priority in people’s lives. We do this by promoting and advocating principles for building marriages and parenting today’s children. We take a multi-tiered approach; one that fits every family right where they are. We serve fathers through our program All Pro Dad. We serve mothers through our program iMOM. We serve the family as a whole through our radio broadcast The Family Minute with Mark Merrill. Below you will find a detailed description of each." | Website | All Pro Dad | iMOM | Family Minute
University Village Resources
University Village has collected a number of useful medical care resources on their website. You can check the list here.
They also have a list of useful resources on Child Care, Health and Social Resources, and South Bend Schools. Check out the list here.
University Life Initiatives: For Pregnant and Parenting Students