About Us

The Family Resource Center at Penn is a hub for information, resources, activities and advocacy for students and post-docs with children. The Family Center provides a forum for student parents to connect and develop supportive networks, and offers a welcoming and family-friendly environment for Penn students, post-docs, caregivers, and children.

The space includes a lounge, a family reading room, nap space, conference room, and a children's play area complete with toys, games, and books; two private lactation rooms equipped with Symphony breast pumps; and community bulletin boards. Many of our toys were generously donated by the Hassenfeld Family Initiatives of Hasbro. The Family Center has also received generous support from the Trustees' Council of Penn Women and GAPSA

The Family Center will be closed on all University holidays and for occasional maintenance. This website will contain specific dates.

Children visiting the Family Center must be supervised by parents or caregivers at all times. Students and post-docs who wish to use the Family Center should first review the Family Center Guidelines and must sign our Parental Release & Consent Form.

Family Center Staff

The Family Resource Center at Penn is staffed by professionals whose mission is to create a space where student and post-doc families from the University of Pennsylvania community can access resources, information and supportive programming.

All Family Center staff are background checked and mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. 

If you have questions or comments about our staff please email familycenter@upenn.edu

The Family Center is currently supported with student fees and additional funds from the Office of the Provost. Your donation can further the mission of the Family Center and help student and postdoc parents thrive at Penn. Your contributions help us continue to offer free and discounted events families and support improvements to our facilities. You can make a gift online in any amount through Penn's online giving website, or send a check payable to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" to:

Director
Family Resource Center
3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6221

If you are interested in naming opportunities, gifts in kind, or other giving options for student and postdoc parents at Penn, please contact Jessica Bolker, jessal@upenn.edu, 215-746-6870. 

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