Families with Children On Campus

The on-campus portion of the School for Social Work program can be quite demanding, making it difficult for parents to spend as much time as they desire with their children. However, many parents have successfully completed the program and the School for Social Work makes every effort to help parents succeed.

Depending on the ages of the children and the configuration and unique circumstances of each family, the needs of student-parents can vary widely. Parents may have limited time to spend with their children during the ten rigorous weeks of summer classes, but there are some benefits and support options for parents:

  • SSW will attempt to accommodate scheduling needs of parents, with adequate advance notice.
  • On-campus housing for families is available.
  • Students who have purchased a meal plan may have children (and spouses/partners/caregivers) visit for meals on campus.
  • Children aged 12 and over can enjoy many of the benefits of having a Smith College OneCard—from library access to gym and pool use (for children 16 and older).
  • The Students with Children group at SSW offers support and kinship for parents.
  • The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton's local newspaper, publishes an annual Summer Camp and Program Guide and the School compiles information about local summer camps as well. This information is available in the main office of Lilly Hall (Room 101) or by contacting Doreen Underdue at 413-585-7950 or dunderdu@smith.edu.

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