Graduate School

Family Resources

Information for graduate students who are parents.

Balancing your life as a scholar and as a parent in graduate school may get challenging. Brown University is committed to supporting graduate students with children and strives to provide resources and support necessary to help graduate student parents thrive in their time at Brown.

  • These pages feature Brown University resources and community resources that may be helpful starting points whether you are expecting, already have children, or are considering starting a family while at Brown.
  • We encourage graduate students to explore the resources on these pages, at Brown and in the community, to determine best options for care, for education, for community activities and support for their children. 
  • We recommend graduate student parents connect with other graduate student parents at Brown through various channels (listserv, Facebook group, grad student parent events) to gain additional recommendations, advice and insight on additional resources.
  • Finally, we welcome graduate students to reach out to the Graduate School with questions regarding policies, advocacy and opportunities for community support.

Several offices contributed to this information, including BioMed's Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, the Office of Student Life, and the Graduate School. To suggest content for parents, links or event listings, please contact

Resources and link to help you find the right day care for your child.
From parks to parent support networks, the Providence community offers many resources that may be useful for both you and your family.
This page provides resources geared towards the advancement of women at all levels in their careers. You will find sources of mentorship and support as you try to meet the challenges of combining a career with motherhood and family responsibilities.
Providence is large enough to offer a great variety of activities, educational opportunities, and entertainment venues, yet small enough to easily navigate all its offerings.
Resources for the Providence Public School system & the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
We invite you to explore the family resources listed here, especially the Parent Guide to Providence and Beyond. Enjoy your adventures!