Students With Children

Maintaining a balance between academic and family commitments is crucial to a student’s well-being and success. This website provides a collection of resources for students with families which are available at UF and in the Alachua County community.

Camps

Classes and Resources

  • Breastfeeding Class
    This two-and-a-half hour class is designed for couples who are at least 28 weeks pregnant and desire to breastfeed their baby. The class covers subjects such as the benefits of breastfeeding, common problems and solutions and the basics of breastfeeding.
  • Center on Children and Families, Levin College of Law
    The mission of the Center on Children and Families is to promote the highest quality of advocacy, teaching and scholarship in the areas of child & familiy law and policy.
  • Child Life Program
    The Child Life Program was established to help children and families cope with the stress and anxiety of hospitalization. Child Life Specialists at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital are certified non-medical professionals who understand child development and provide interventions in an environment that will support normal growth and development.
  • Childbirth Education Class 
    The is an 8 hour class series that covers subjects such as cord blood donation, anatomy and physiology, relaxation techniques, stages of labor, anesthesia options and comfort measures.
  • Fun 4 Gator Kids
    Fun 4 Gator Kids is your local resource for family friendly events and activities in Gainesville and surrounding areas. Listings include kids events, children programs and classes, youth sports, kids eat free directory, birthday party resources, rainy day activities, free fun for kids, and MORE fun things for kids and families to do in and around Gainesville.
  • Mother Baby Unit
    The Mother Baby Unit consists of 18 private maternal inpatient beds and 20 newborn nursery beds located on the third floor of UF Health Shands Hospital.
  • Newborn Care Class
    The class is designed for couples who have little or no experience with babies. Some of the topics covered in class are car seat safety, cord care, circumcision, bathing, diaper rash, temperature and infant safety.
  • UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
    UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital has 167 beds, including fully-equipped pediatric and neonatal intensive care units. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is part of the Children's Miracle Network's alliance of premier hospitals for children.
  • UF Student Spouse and Family Resources
    This website provides a collection of resources for spouses of graduate students and graduate student families which are available at UF and in the Alachua County community.

Day Care

Alachua County knows that parents are busy but that selecting the right daycare center or preschool is crucial. So Alachua County gathered basic information for 87 child care centers into a single location so that you are only a click away from basic information such as address, size, and licensing information that can help you refine your search.

Baby Gator offers high quality care to children ages 6 weeks to five years.Children grow and learn in a safe and healthy environment with a caring and attentive staff of well-trained early childhood educators.  Curriculum is designed to encourage children to experience the world around them. Baby Gator addresses the needs of all children and fosters growth in social, behavioral, cognitive, and physical skills and early literacy skills. If you have questions or comments, please contact babygator@admin.ufl.edu

Lactation Room

The Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center occupies the bottom three floors of Holland Hall with computer support on the top floor. The facility includes 13 student study rooms, a lactation/meditation room, lounge seating, open reserve area and carrels.

The George A. Smathers Libraries are happy to provide a lactation room to support UF families. Any University of Florida community member (faculty, student or employee) can use the Lactation Room.  Please request the key to the room at the Library West Circulation Desk. The Lactation Room (Room 252C) offers a comfortable, clean and secure private space for women who need to express breast milk while on campus. Mothers, fathers or other caregivers are encouraged to use the space to feed and comfort infants. The room is equipped with comfortable seating, a table, a sink and ample electrical outlets. Please note that breast pumps, storage and refrigeration are not offered, so please plan accordingly.

All Lactation Room users are expected to help maintain this unique campus space in the clean and welcoming condition in which they found it.  A diaper changing table is also available in the adjacent Gender-Neutral/Family restroom.

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