There are a number of organizations at McGill that help support student parents. Find out more below.
McGill Student Parent Network
The McGill Student Parent Network (MSPN) is a support system for McGill students who are balancing the demands of university studies with the responsibilities of parenthood. The MSPN organizes regular social events and monthly meetings for student parents and their families, offers free music lessons for children of McGill students, and even provides occasional in-home babysitting.
Though run by Chaplaincy Services, the MSPN is not a faith-based initiative. All services are provided by McGill students who volunteer their time. To get involved, visit the MSPN website, send them an mcgillspn [at] gmail [dot] com (email), or call 514-398-4104.
PGSS Family Care Caucus
The PGSS Family Care Caucus advocates on behalf of graduate students and post-docs who are pregnant, caring for a dependent child, or caring for an infirm or elderly relative.
PGSS Family Collection: Through the PGSS Library Improvement Fund, the Post-Graduate Students’ Society of McGill University in collaboration with the PGSS Family Care Caucus and the McGill Library created the PGSS Family Care Collection in order to assist students who bring their children to various branch libraries.
The SSMU Daycare Centre is a privately run, non-profit organization funded by the Students Society of McGill University and subsidized by the Québec Government. Located on the 2nd floor of the Brown Student Services Building, the SSMU Daycare offers full-time childcare to 32 children of the McGill community. First priority for Daycare spaces goes to children of undergraduate students at McGill. Children of graduate students and of staff and faculty at McGill may be offered space in the Daycare only once the needs of undergraduate students have been met.
For more information on the SSMU Daycare, or to place your child on the waiting list, call 514-398-8590, send an daycare [at] ssmu [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (email) , or visit the SSMU Daycare website.
McGill Childcare Centre
The McGill Childcare Centre, also known officially as the Centre de la Petite Enfance de McGill, is a non-profit, independently run centre which offers child care services to full-time McGill University students, faculty members and staff. It enrolls 106 full-time children ranging in age from four months to four years old. Registration for the fall term commences in the spring of the same year.
To contact the McGill Childcare Centre, or to place your children on the waiting list, call 514-398-6943, or visit the McGill Childcare Centre website to find out more.
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Childcare- External partnerships with McGill
Attending a Conference? Why not make it child friendly?
To provide support for students with children, McGill’s conference organizers have partnered with Kids & Company in the past. This is an organization that offers affordable childcare services in the vicinity of the conference site. For more information, visit the Kids & Company website.
Additionally, the Montreal Childcare Collective provides babysitting for campus activities. Visit the Montreal Childcare Collective for more information.