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Student Health and Counseling Center

Parent Scholars

Resources and services that support the success and empowerment of students who are parents and caretakers for children under the age of 18

Rights and Policies

A new addition to your family or the responsibility of being a parent or caretaker does not impact the support you receive.

Under Title IX, sex discrimination – including discrimination on the basis of a student’s pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these – is prohibited in educational programs and activities. Fresno State does not exclude or limit the participation of pregnant students (or students who have been pregnant) in its programs on either of those bases. No rule may be established in a Fresno State sponsored activity or program related to a student’s parental, family or marital status that treats students differently based on their sex.

Programs and Services

Our campus offers a number of programs listed below that support the familial, wellbeing and development needs of parent scholars. For questions or suggestions, please email

Priority Registration

Student parents will be required to self-certify online in order to receive Priority 2 Group Registration.

Priority registration information

Medical Leave and Absences

Absences due to pregnancy and related events are excused by the University for as long as medically necessary, as deemed by the student's doctor. Upon return, the student is regarded with the same status as before the medical leave began. An opportunity will be given to make up work or exams missed while on leave.

Leave of Absence Request Form

Nursing and Lactation

New mothers are afforded reasonable break periods during Fresno State programs or activities; including classes, to express milk or nurse as needed without penalty. The University is committed to providing students and employees with reasonable breaks and private areas for expression in both women's and men's restrooms around campus.

Lactation Spaces on Campus

Diapers and Hygiene

The Amendola Family Student Cupboard in Industrial Technology, Room 144 is a free food and hygiene pantry for current Fresno State students. Baby wipes (2 packs per month), 0-6 sized diapers (125 per month), soaps, shampoos and milk are frequently available for free. If applicable, CalFresh assistance is also offered through this program.

Student Cupboard

Learning and Development

The University offers three centers that provide services for infants and toddlers (3 months to 2 years), preschool (3 to 6 years) and elementary (5 to 12 years) in partnership with the larger community to provide opportunities that will benefit young children and families.

Programs for Children

Extracurricular Activities

The University offers a variety of educational and athletic programming for children throughout the community. Visit the link below for a list of enriching programs for the youth.

Community Programs for Children