Does the GSA offer any support for graduate students with dependents enrolled in childcare services?
Yes! The GSA offers a Child Care Grant to CMU graduate students who incur childcare expenses. Details and the application can be found here.
The GSA Child Care Grant is a need-based child care support in the amount of $500 per semester to eligible graduate student applicants in the form of non-qualified scholarships.
While these grants do not cover the bulk of child care expenses, they do provide graduate student parents with some financial support to help off-set childcare expenses and to enable graduate student parents to pursue their studies. The childcare grant can be used for any licensed day care or in-home care provider in Pennsylvania.
Are there lactation rooms on campus?
Yes. Lactation rooms are available across campus. You will need to fill out a form to request card swipe access. The location list and request for can be seen HERE
Is there a maternity leave policy at CMU?
CMU has a Student Maternity Accommodation Protocol in place to provide guidance on taking time off to delivery your child, it is not a guarantee of accommodation. You will need to work with relevant faculty and staff (i.e. your advisor and department staff) to decide on an exact plan. The Protocol is extended to female CMU students. Find more information HERE
Is there a general leave protocol for new parents (paternity leave or for non-binary parents) at CMU?
While there is a Student Maternity Leave Protocol (see HERE
) there is no protocol in place for other forms of new parent leave. If this is a resource you would like to see in the future at CMU, submit your story to GSA (HERE
) so we can better advocate for the resources that matter to you.
Where can I find a OB/Pediatrician/etc which is covered by my CMU Health Insurance?
For those registered for the CMU Student Health Insurance Plan, use the Aetna DocFind website (HERE
) to search for local, in-network doctors of all specialties.
Where can I find information on the schools available for my children in Pittsburgh?
There are many options to find information about the many different types of schooling available in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Public School Website (HERE
) is a great place to start. They offer early childhood education, K-12, magnet school, and online options. CMU provides a list of Pittsburgh area private schools (HERE
). Allegheny Intermediate Unit (HERE
) is another local organization especially for early childhood and alternative education options.
Where can I find care for my child that is not yet school age?
There are two CMU operated early education schools. The Cyert Center for Early Education accepts children from 3 months - 6 years. Priority is given to faculty and staff, but applications for children of graduate students are also accepted. Find more information HERE
. The Children's School is a laboratory school that is part of the Psychology Department. It accepts children from 3 years - 5 years. Find more information HERE
. You can also find options for early childhood education through the Pittsburgh Public School website and Allegheny Intermediate Unit website (HERE
I need a babysitter! Can CMU help me find anything?
Check out Carelink! This service provided through the CMU network can help you find babysitters and other short notice care needs. Find the site HERE
Is there financial support for childcare available to graduate students?
Financial support for graduate students paying for childcare is not currently available. You could investigate if the interest free Emergency Student Loans or Student Maternity Loans fit your needs (info HERE
). If you would like to see an expansion of childcare support offerings, be sure to submit your story to GSA (HERE
) so we can better advocate on your behalf for the resources and services that can benefit you.