Student parents have a variety of resources specifically available to them and their families right here on UMSL's campus! This page exists to highlight these student parent/family specific campus resources. Click on the resources below to learn more information. Additionally, this page provides information about community resources for families.
Nursing and Pumping Spaces
The University of Missouri – St. Louis provides private lactation rooms on both North and South campus for students, faculty, and staff to support them while balancing their work and study commitments with their needs as parents. Each campus location offers a clean and secure environment for those who need to pump or nurse while on campus. Find more information about room locations, access, and room features.
The Triton Pantry has a partnership with the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. This partnership allows us to better support our students that have babies and young children in diapers. Diapers are provided on a monthly basis to student parents in need. Students must sign up for this resource and arrange to pick diapers up each month in the Triton Pantry. Sign up today!
The Triton Pantry provides food to UMSL students facing food insecurities. Students are able to stop by the pantry to pick up food for themselves and for their children when needed. Learn more about the Triton Pantry.
Triton Student Parent Success aims to address the technology needs of student parents to support their persistence and success in their academic programs. Student parents are able to check out a loaner laptop for the semester for free.
There are many departments and organizations on campus or affiliated with campus that offer individual counseling, therapy, and group therapy services to students, families, and children. Additionally, student parents may receive free or discounted individual counseling and group therapy sessions.
UMSL sustainability has added a children's corner to their clothing swaps. Clothing swaps are a great way to update your and your child's wardrobe for free! Visit their website to see the upcoming events and find out more information.
Assistance with Childcare Costs
The Triton Childcare Fund provides Pell grant eligible student parents with financial assistance for childcare costs. Find out if you are eligible for the program.
Family-Friendly Campus Housing
UMSL'S Mansion Hill apartments offer family housing to students with dependent children. Mansion Hill is conveniently located just off I-70 at New Florissant Road, on the UMSL shuttle route, and is just minutes from the Metrolink. Learn more about the housing plans, amenities, and costs on the Residential Life website!
The Student Advocacy and Care team is happy to help student parents identify needs and get connected to resources. Schedule an appointment with a case manager.
Community Resources for Student Parents and Families
This section provides a variety of resources and services that are currently available to parents. This list is not comprehensive nor exhaustive. We will do our best to keep it up to date, but understand that things are changing rapidly right now, and double checking things on your own and doing personal research is important.
The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank partners with programs throughout the region to help get families the resources they need, and keep babies happy and dry. Check out the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank's Emergency Partners to get free diapers today and a referral to one of their long-term partners near you.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. To apply for SNAP benefits, please refer to the following options:
- For students who have access to a printer/scanner, schedule a phone meeting with the SNAP specialist for assistance in completing and submitting your application and related materials.
- For students who don’t have a printer/scanner at home, submit your application and supporting documents online. If you need any assistance in filling out your application or have any questions, contact the SNAP specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missouri Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Missouri WIC program provides supplemental food, health care referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support to eligible pregnant women, new mothers, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five (5). Fathers, grandparents, guardians, and foster parents may also apply for benefits for the children living in their household. Learn more here.
St. Louis Area Food Bank
St. Louis Area Food Bank has a Food Pantry Link to help identify food pantries in your area. St. Louis Area Food Bank is also operating mobile markets at locations in various areas throughout St. Louis. If you or someone you know has a vehicle, you can visit one of the Emergency Mobile Food Distributions. These events are set up to be drive-through food distributions. Please have an ID and arrive early. No need to leave your vehicle. Volunteers and staff will put food in your car. A complete list of dates, times, and locations can be found on their Events Page.
Oasis Food Pantry
The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry serves the needs of Saint Charles County residents. They offer a variety of fresh, frozen and canned foodstuffs, as well as basic hygiene items to qualified recipients.
Missouri Health Net for Kids
The MO HealthNet (Medicaid) for Kids provides medical care for children under 19 years of age whose family income falls within certain guidelines. Click here to learn more and enroll.
If you’ve already enrolled, go to MO HealthNet for assistance using your benefits or finding a doctor.
Disclaimer about immediate crisis/911
St. Louis Crisis Nursery: provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Louis Crisis Nursery is providing crisis intervention and family support sessions via telephone and video tele-health sessions. Additionally, Staff are dropping off critical supplies on front porches for families in dire need of basic necessities. For the 24 hour helpline, call: 314-533-6900.
Stress/Anxiety Tips During
COVID-19 Crisis - Kids and Mental Health
Schedule an appointment with a case manager
Children's Advocacy Center: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff is developing a number of trainings and resources to help caregivers and professionals who work with children during this time. Visit the CAC website for more information on upcoming trainings.
CDC: The CDC has published many guidelines on how to talk to children about COVID-19
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: has resources for helping children and families cope with social distancing and to prevent panic. NCTSN's parent/caregiver guide to help families cope with COVID-19 are available on their website.