Additional parenting resources
Both within the UW community and beyond, you’ll find clinics, programs, and other resources that help you and your family flourish. We’ve collected some of those here. Whether you’re just planning for your first child or you’re helping your teen navigate those tricky stages of life, we hope you’ll discover something here that helps your family grow and thrive.
Childbirth education classes at UW Medicine
Prepare for becoming a parent by enrolling in one of the many childbirth classes offered by UW Medicine. Certified childbirth educators teach classes on topics including birth and labor, expecting multiples, newborn care, breastfeeding, preventing preterm birth, being a father, and more. Classes are located throughout the Seattle area. To learn more and register see Childbirth Education Classes at UW Medicine.
Hall Health Center
Hall Health Center, the on-campus medical clinic, provides comprehensive health care not only to students but also to UW staff and their families. The clinic’s physicians and nurse practitioners are board certified in family practice or pediatrics, which gives you and your family convenient access to the expert care of UW Medicine.
Visit the Hall Health Center website.
The Program for Early Parent Support
Build a support network with fellow parents who understand what you are going through. The Program for Early Parent Support, or PEPS, connects you with other new parents who live nearby you and have a baby close in age to yours. Learn, share resources, and build confidence in your own parenting abilities — all you need to do is register and show up with your baby. Learn more about PEPS.
Center for Pediatric Dentistry
Put the combined expertise of the UW School of Dentistry and Seattle Children’s to work for you by scheduling your child’s next dental appointment with the Center for Pediatric Dentistry. The center provides comprehensive dental care to children of all ages. It’s an in-network provider for many insurance companies and offers free parking at its location in Magnuson Park.
In addition, the center has staff who are specially trained in serving children with special needs. The center can also provide translation services, assist with financial aid, and help arrange transportation. To schedule an appointment, visit The Center for Pediatric Dentistry.
Center for Child and Family Well-Being
Take courses and attend lectures given by researchers and other experts who specialize in the development and well-being of children and their families. These courses provide parents with tools and advice for managing the challenges of raising children. Fees vary for the courses. The center also presents free public lectures on child development given by top researchers in the field. For registration information and a full list of courses and lectures, see the Center for Child and Family Well-Being.
Center for Philosophy for Children
Classroom philosophy sessions help children and teens better express their own perspectives, listen to one another, challenge and build on each other’s thinking, and make better sense of their own views and ideas. Learn how you can bring a philosophy session to your child’s school or how you can facilitate the session yourself. The center connects you with workshop facilitators and provides articles, videos, webinars, and other resources. For more, visit the Center for Philosophy for Children.
Student Parent Resource Center
provides resources and financial support to students with children. However, all UW parents can find useful information on the Resource Center website including:
- A list of community resources
- Support groups
- Help finding child care