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Graduate Student Parent Resources

Graduate Student Parent Advocacy Project

The Graduate Student Parent Advocacy (GSPA) Project Director advocates for graduate student parents and develops programs to support their academic and personal success. Additionally, the GSPA provides feedback across all Graduate Assembly committees to ensure responsive standing guidelines, such as ensuring meetings and events are held at reasonable hours, are family-friendly, and that safe, reliable childcare is made available. To learn more or get involved with GSPA, contact the GSPA Project Director at gspa-ga@berkeley.edu or follow GSPA on Facebook.

This page of resources has been compiled by the GSPA Project Director to provide current and incoming graduate student parents with helpful information to support both their personal and academic success. If you have any questions, please contact gspa-ga@berkeley.edu.

Financial Support

For all types of financial assistance, it is highly recommended to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and also apply for a Cost of Attendance Adjustment (CoA) though Cal Central. Even for those students that do not believe they are eligible for support some funds may be available over time based on prior applications for funding, and on the existence of a current FAFSA and CoA.

Housing

Health & Wellness

Legal Assistance

  • ASEs and GSRs may be eligible to enroll in ARAG legal services for themselves and their families during open enrollement. These services can help pay for many family associated legal services (prenups, divorce, social services, childcare etc).
  • Oakland Family Violence Center: offers pro bono legal services and support to family members experiencing violence and crisis.

Childcare

  • Early Childcare Education Program through UC Berkeley
    • Provides infant, toddler, and preschool care
    • Full days, 5 days a week only
    • Applications for Fall start January (fee waived for students)
    • There is often a waitlist
    • Some full and partial income-based subsidies are available for students
  • Back-up Childcare through Bright Horizons (partner of UC Berkeley):
    • Emergency or irregular need of childcare in your home or at a center (covers up to three children who cannot be more than mildly sick)
    • Students get 60 hours/year
    • Copay rates: $4/hour for in-home and $2/hour for at center care
  • Off campus options – see the Berkeley Parents Network website for more childcare options:
    • Small homes and larger centers
    • Flexibility for full/part days, 2-5 days a week
    • Popular places are full for Fall and now booking for Summer 2020, others may still have openings.
    • Some locations offer a few spots for financial aid (state/community based)
    • Nanny Shares
    • Co-ops
    • BANANAS service helps connect people with available childcare services

School-Age Care

  • Enrollment in K-12 in the Albany School District can be completed online
  • After-school options in Albany:
  • Cal Youth Programs offers a wide variety of camps and sport activities for kids of all ages. Both summer and year-round programs are offered.

Food and Diaper Assistance

Academic and Employment Resources

  • Study Spaces on campus:
  • UC Berkeley Graduate Division Student Parent Policies provides information on:
    • Extension of Time for Academic Milestones for Doctoral Students
    • Employment and Financial Accommodations due to Pregnancy and Childbirth
    • Policy on Parenting Leave with Re-enrollment
    • Academic Accommodations due to Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Family and Childbearing Leave for GSIs, Readers, and Tutors:
    • Academic Student Employees (ASEs) are eligible for certain types of leave. Policies are governed by the UAW contract.
  • Family and Childbearing Leave for GSRs:
    • Childbirth Accommodation Leave: Six weeks of paid leave for pregnancy disability, childbirth, and related medical conditions; an additional two weeks of unpaid leave for baby bonding provided such unpaid leave does not extend beyond the date of appointment.
    • Other Leave: Four weeks of paid leave due to the GSR’s serious health condition, to care for a family member who has a serious health condition, or to care for and bond with a newborn child or an adopted/foster child; the GSR may be approved for an additional two weeks of unpaid leave provided such unpaid leave does not extend beyond the date of the appointment.
  • Childbirth Accommodation Funding for Women Doctoral Students
    • 6 weeks protected income for fellowship holders, GSIs, and GSRs
  • Graduate Assembly Graduate Student Parent Travel Award: offers $300 to pay for dependent associated costs during academic/conference travel

Additional Resources