As a Catholic University, Notre Dame is committed to fostering a family-friendly environment for its graduate students, one that makes it possible for those students to balance successfully their parenting responsibilities and their academic pursuits. To that end, Graduate Student Life has collected the following resources for students and their families.
Spouse ID Card
University Accommodation Policy for New Student Parents
Read the PDF File.
Early Childhood Development Center
"The Early Childhood Development Center, Inc. (ECDC), founded in 1971, is a nonprofit early care and education program serving 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, including traditional preschool schedules and a full day child care schedule. ECDC is licensed by the Indiana Department of Child Care and is accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). " | Learn more.
Find on the Women in Arts & Letters website a list of local daycare centers in the area. | See the list.
Memorial HealthWorks! Kids' Museum
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. | Learn more.
- Find a list of local schools on the Women in Arts & Letters website. | See the list.
- University Village has provided a list of some of South Bend public and private schools on their website. | See the list.
"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.
University Life Initiatives—Pregnant and Parenting Students Assistance Fund
"The Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Fund provides valuable resources so that students facing the unexpected challenges of pregnancy and parenting can stay on track towards earning their degree." | Learn more.
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. | Learn more.
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) . . ." | Find out more.
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." | Learn more.
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." | Learn more.
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." | Find out more about FSSA.
The Shirt Charity Fund
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. | More about Wellness Center on this website. | Visit Wellness Center website.
Graduate Student Family Verification Form
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 about HIP.
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." | Visit IHC website. | IHC Locations | IHC Services | IHC Mission | About IHC
Sister Maura Brannick, CSC, Health Center
"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." | Visit Family First 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
Creating a More Family-Friendly Environment for Graduate Students
Policy for Pregnant Students in Labs