Minnesota Student Parent Support Initiative

Program Funding Source

Through the Minnesota Student Parent Support Initiative, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is providing funding to institutions of higher education to establish, maintain, and operate support services for students who are pregnant or parenting.   To address the needs of college students who are pregnant and/or parenting, the statewide grant program works to expand current on-campus support services to parenting students and start new student parent support centers at state, private, and tribal institutions. 

Participating Institutions: Century College, Fond du Lac Tribal College, Leech Lake Tribal College, Metropolitan State University, Pine Technical College, Riverland Community College, St. Catherine’s University, St. Cloud State University, and Winona State University. 

The activities of the Student Parent Support Center at SCSU are designed to meet the following goals and outcomes as established by the MN Department of Health.

MDH Program Goals

  • Expectant and parenting teens, women, and fathers will accomplish their post-secondary education goals.
  • Expectant and parenting teens, women, and fathers will maintain positive health and well-being for themselves and their children.

Program Outcomes

  • Expectant and parenting teens, women, and fathers enrolled in a post-secondary program stay in college.
  • Student parents are well connected to available local resources.
  • Campus and Community Education and Health Professionals are more aware of available resources for student parents.
  • Expectant and parenting teens, women, and fathers maintain positive health and well-being for themselves and their children.
  • Student Parents are confident and competent parents.
  • Students receiving services report a healthy balance between work, school, home, and family life. 

The SCSU Minnesota Student Parent Support Initiative (MSPSI) is supported by Grant Number 1 SP1 AH000022-01-00 from the Department of Health and Human Services, through the Minnesota Department of Health. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.

(For more information, visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/program/studentparent/)