Parenting Resources


The Parenting Resource Room, located in McNerney Hall across the lobby from Ghering Health and Wellness Center, assists students who are pregnant and parents by providing them a safe space for themselves and their children while on campus.

Parenting Resource Room

PennWest Edinboro is committed to supporting both pregnant and parenting students regardless of the student's age, marital status, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, disability, or lifestyle choices.

Parenting Resource Room Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 3 to 10 p.m.

This space provides:

While attending classes, students can work with other approved students to schedule babysitting for their children in the resource room.

Parenting Program

This program is for students who are parents or are becoming parents and was created to help students stay in school throughout the pregnancy and after becoming parents. To enroll in the program, at least one parent must be a student. We encourage the student to have monthly appointments at the Health Center to make sure that the baby is receiving proper prenatal care and the student has the resources needed, such as OBGYN, hospital, day care and prenatal care.

Approximately one month prior to delivery of the baby, the students can receive a diaper bag, diapers, wipes, baby food, and a baby blanket and hat. Students can also receive food from our on-campus food pantry or visit the community food pantry located in Lawrence Towers on campus.

For more information or to enroll in the program, visit Ghering Health and Wellness Center or call 814-732-2743.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Student Health Services provides free pregnancy tests. Call 814-732-2743 to schedule an appointment. Test results are available immediately.

Yes, you can continue to live in your residence hall until your baby is born. The residence hall structure is not equipped to provide housing to students with children. The Student Affairs staff is committed to working with students to obtain off-campus housing.

If you need to miss class due to your pregnancy, notify your professors in advance, if possible. Student Health Services' staff can assist you with your pregnancy process in a confidential manner, and your professors will not be informed of your pregnancy unless you tell them. Although a verification of your visit can be provided, this is not an excuse unless the professor approves it.

No. PennWest Edinboro will do all it can to accommodate your educational needs and concerns. Resources both on and off campus are available.

Please visit the Records and Registration website "Withdrawal Information" to get more information about the procedure of withdrawing from classes.

Classes and other academic functions are for adult students only. Arrangements for child care can be made by contacting one of the daycare providers or by making arrangements for sharing parenting responsibilities in the on-campus prenatal/parenting resource room, located across from the Ghering Health and Wellness Center in McNerney Hall.

Most insurance providers allow the insured person to add a dependent. For specific regulations for your insurance coverage, please contact your insurance provider about the specific rules for how to add your child.

Campus Ministers of various faiths provide pastoral care in a caring, supportive, nonjudgmental way to help you with any spiritual issues.

The NCAA has very strict rules/guidelines concerning pregnant athletes. PennWest Edinboro has a department policy that mirrors the NCAA. It does not impact eligibility or financial aid.

There is a prenatal/parenting resource room with two private areas on the first floor of McNerney Hall across the hall from the Ghering Health and Wellness Center.

Counseling is available through the Counseling and Psychological Services office (CAPS) or with Campus Ministry.

The certified registered nurse practitioner at Student Health Services is certified in tobacco cessation counseling. This service is provided free of charge.

A certified representative from Gaudenzia is available on Wednesdays in the Ghering Health Center to provide counseling for alcohol and drug dependency.

Contact Us

Ghering Health and Wellness Center
McNerney Hall, 1st Floor
300 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444

Health Services
Phone: 814-732-2743
Fax: 814-732-2666