Access to affordable, quality child care is challenging for many families, especially when one or both parents are attending college. NKU addresses this struggle through the on-campus Early Childhood Center, which offers multiple programs for children ages 1-14. The center follows the University calendar and is open Monday through Friday, 7a.m.- 6p.m. Student pricing varies based on eligibility for the PELL Grant. Event with a discount, child care can still be expensive for some. In the PAC office, you can learn about eligibility for the Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which operates through the Kentucky Child Care Council. The PAC coordinator will walk you through the application process.
For additional child care resources in the area, please visit our Community Resources page.
PAC and the Early Childhood Center offer a montly Parent Cafe, which is open to student parents on campus. Various speakers will discuss different topics relevant to the issues facing student parents. We have also sponsored Parent Cafes where student parents learn a new skill that may be beneficial to them and their families. Dinner and child-care are offered free of charge at each event.
The PAC office also sponsors events throughout the year for student parents and their families, including an annual Holiday Help event and Spring Celebration.
Community members also reach out to PAC to offer special event tickets to the greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.
For additional support resources in the area, please visit our Community Resources page.
The Kim Turner Family Award is an annual NKU scholarship for a student parent in need of assistance. This scholarship can be used toward tuition, books, and/or school supplies. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at Northern Kentucky University. If you are interested in applying for the Kim Turner Family Award, please visit the office of Financial Assistance to learn more.
Established in 2003, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation Scholarship aims to carry on some of Congresswoman Mink's most ardent commitments: educational access, support, and opportunity for low-income women, especially mothers; and educational enrichment for children. In order to apply, please visit the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation page.
NKU has several services available in order to help you along your educational and employment journey. Through the University Connect and Persist (UCAP) office, you have access to a lending library, where you are able to borrow one text book per semester free of charge. If you are struggling with a class or have one coming up that are concerned about, check out the free tutoring services offered through the Learning Plus office. To assist in affording college, NKU offers three separate scholarships where preference is given to student parents. As you approach graduation, Career Services is available free of charge to assist you with tasks such as resume writing, interview practice, career advising, and more.
For additional employment resources in the area, please visit our Community Resources page.
Your and your family's physical and mental health can have a major impact on your family's ability to thrive. Through PAC, you can learn about access to Medicaid and the various services offered through the office of Health, Counseling, and Student Wellness. As an NKU student, you also have access to the Campus Recreation Center and can purchase family gym memberships at a discounted rate.
For additional resources on health and well-being in the area, please visit our Community Resources page.