Parenting Resources

As part of our mission, the Center strives to make UD as inclusive and supportive as possible for all students, faculty, staff, and university guests who are parents. This includes policy recommendations and evaluation of services, among other activities.


Breastfeeding & Lactation Rooms


According to Ohio law (Section 3781.55), “A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation wherein the mother otherwise is permitted.” “Place of public accommodation” has the same meaning as in section 4112.01 of the Revised Code. In other words, breastfeeding is legal wherever you are allowed access.

The Women's Center works with Facilities Management and Human Resources to provide lactation rooms for mothers to breastfeed or privately express breast milk. There are five secure, clean, and comfortable spaces for students, faculty, and staff who are nursing mothers. Lactation rooms in Alumni Hall, Curran Place (River Campus), Kettering Labs, Fitz Hall, and St. Mary's Hall are accessible through card readers. More information can be found here >>


Women’s Health Care Reform, as of August 2012, covers both manual and mechanical breast pumps. The Women’s Health Care Reform stipulates that women can obtain one pumping device per pregnancy; however, Anthem will administer and cover one pumping device per year. If the member has two pregnancies in one year, the additional purchase of a breast pump will be covered. More information can be found here >>


The Women's Center provides free, personal refrigerators for faculty and staff to keep in their offices to store breast milk . While there are several refrigerators available at any given time, these refrigerators are loaned out on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Women's Center to reserve a personal refrigerator.



Finding quality child care can be an overwhelming task. The resources below can help you know what options are available, what questions to ask, the cost of child care, and what to look for in a child care program.

4C For Children (937) 220-9660

4C for Children educates and supports parents to make sure all children reach their full potential. Their website is a onestop-shop where you can search for child care, read about the benefits and considerations for different types of child care, and find resources about child development.

Preschool Promise (937) 723-2729

Preschool Promise is designed to ensure that all children can attend an affordable, Star Rated Preschool for at least one year. All families who live in Montgomery County and have a child who will be 4 years old by September 30, 2017, are eligible to apply. All families are eligible for tuition assistance. The amount they can receive depends on total household income, family size, the Star-Rating of their Preschool.


No matter how carefully you plan ahead, you can’t predict everything. For information about backup childcare and a list of locations that offer this type of care, please visit the Backup Childcare page >>

Social Services


Catholic Social Services provides services to individuals and families including pregnancy and parenting educational programs, food pantry, and counseling services, regardless of faith of their clients.

922 West Riverview Avenue, Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 223-7217
1046 Brown Street, Dayton, OH 45409
(937) 296-1007

The Montgomery and Greene County Departments of Job and Family Services are comprehensive agencies that provide benefits and services to individuals and families in the areas of children services, child support, public assistance (including cash and food assistance), social services, and workforce development.

Greene County ODJFS
541 Ledbetter Rd. Xenia, Ohio  45385
(937) 562-6000 
Montgomery County ODJFS
1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. Dayton, Ohio 45422
(937) 225-4148

Hannah’s Treasure Chest a nonprofit organization which provides new and gently used clothing, furniture, toys, books and other essential items for children in need. Any UD student, faculty, or staff can take advantage of this service through the Women's Center. Please visit the Center in Alumni Hall or call 229-5390 to learn more. More information can be found here >>


Health departments offer a variety of services to increase community awareness and support the health of men, women and children. 

Dayton & Montgomery County
117 S Main Street, Dayton, OH 45422
(937) 225-5700
Health Clinic (Main Line)
(937) 461-6869

Healthy Mommy-Healthy Baby
(937) 496-7718

Help Me Grow
(937) 208-4769

Immunization Clinic
(937) 225-4550

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program
1323 W. Third Street, Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 225-4491
1320 E 5th Street, Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 225-6166

Greene County Combined Health District
360 Wilson Drive, Xenia, OH 45385
(937) 374-5600

Child & Adolescent Health Clinic

Help Me Grow
(937) 562-5600

Immunization Clinic
(937) 374-5600

Prenatal Clinic
(937) 374-5621

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program
360 Wilson Drive, Xenia, OH 45385
(937) 374-5641
600 Pierce Drive, Fairborn, OH 45324
(937) 879-4093

United Way provides resources for the community around education, promoting financial stability and independence, helping children reach their full potential, and community health and wellness.
(937) 225-3000



Car seats are required by law in Ohio for children under 4 years old and under 40 pounds. Booster seats are required by law in Ohio for children 4-8 years old and under 4’9’’ tall. Children and teens 8-15 years old are required by law to wear adult seat belts.


Inspection stations can help you better understand how to use your child’s car seat and some will also install them for you. View the list of local inspection stations >>


The Miami Valley has options for transportation if you do not own a car. The public transportation in the Dayton area is reliable, safe, and cost-effective, and their information is listed below.

Dayton RTA 937-425-8300
Greene CATS 1-877-227-2287


Women's Center

Alumni Hall 2nd Floor 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0322