Below are campus and community resources that student parents may find helpful.
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FOOD & BASIC NEEDS
- The Open Seat – UW Student Food Pantry
- The Keep Food Pantry
- Slow Food UW
- Badger Fare Program: Program for students experiencing temporary and ongoing food insecurity
- Campus & Community Resources
- Basic Needs Resources (UW Financial Aid): Resources for food, health insurance, mental health, internet & technology.
- Badger Caring Closet: Provides clothing, hygiene products and school supplies at no cost to students in need.
- Madison & Dane County Public Health: Food Assistance, health care, housing & utilities, and more.
- City of Madison Health & Safety Resources
- Pregnancy Helpline: Offers child needs assistance for diapers, clothes, etc.
- WIC – provides supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition and breastfeeding information, and referral to other health and nutrition services for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk.
- St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Vouchers
- UW Madison Transportation Services: Bikeshare, Campus Bus, Carpool, Emergency Ride Home, etc.
- Wisconsin app: An app for real-time tracking for all campus bus stops.
- ZipCar: UW-Madison has partnered with ZipCar to provide student memberships to its car-sharing service at a reduced cost.
- Student Parking
- SAFEwalk – A free, nighttime walking companionship service to help you get to and from near-campus locations safely.
HEALTHCARE & MENTAL HEALTH
- UW Student Health Insurance Plan
- BadgerCare Plus: Health care program alternative to the UW Student Health Insurance Plan. It helps low-income children, pregnant people, and adults in Wisconsin.
- Covering Wisconsin: Non-profit that connects Wisconsin residents with health insurance and other programs that support health.
- UW Mental Health Services
- Badger Recovery:Program for students in or considering recovery from substance use.
- UW Recreation & Wellbeing
- SPARKS: Parent video series designed to help families find early moments of connection and strengthen discussions with providers at each primary care visit.
- The Rainbow Project Child & Family Counseling & Resource Clinic
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – Wisconsin: Resources for parents of children and youth.
- Dane County Disability Services
- Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
- Birth to Three, Developmental Support for Children and Families
- Dane County Birth to Three Programs
- Understanding Disabilities
- Vroom.com – Digital tools & resources for science-backed early learning for children from birth to age 5
- Early Childhood Special Education MMSD
- Aging and Disability Resource Center: Resources for older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers and families.
EARLY LEARNING RESOURCES
ACADEMIC & CAMPUS RESOURCES
REPORTING, RIGHTS, & ACCOMODATIONS
- Emergency Support (UW Financial Aid)
- Crisis Loans & Grants (Dean of Students)
- Emergency Assistance: City of Madison one-time payment that can help low-income parents pay an emergency housing or utility-related expense.
- Respite Center: Emergency child care for families in crisis.
- Emergency Child Care Grant: Office of Child Care & Family Resources grant for child care coverage in cases of crisis situations (death in family, unexpected loss of job, etc.)
For urgent (but not emergency) child care needs, see Hourly/Back-up Child Care Services.