Childcare and Family Support


As part of its dedication to quality childcare services for Columbia staff and students, Columbia helps support several local day care centers. This support takes a variety of forms, ranging from scholarships provided through Columbia Community Service to the provision of volunteers and rent-free space. Each of these schools is run by either a parents' board or a board of trustees, and teachers are certified by the Board of Education.

Additionally, each year Columbia invites representatives of University-affiliated childcare centers and other local facilities to share information and answer questions from parents living in the University's neighboring communities.

To view a list of these programs, please view the Child Care & Schooling section of the Columbia University Office of Work/Life website.

You may also contact the Columbia University Family Support Network (CUFSN) for assistance with locating childcare and family resources by emailing

Breastfeeding Support

Columbia University provides lactation rooms to support nursing mothers returning to work, school, or campus. Each room offers a clean, secure, and private space for women who need to express breast milk during their time on campus. A list of lactation room locations is available on the Office of Work/Life website.

Family Support Network

The Columbia University Family Support Network (CUFSN) is a student-led University-wide organization focused on advocating for improved resources and policies to support members of the Columbia community with families. For more information, including a list of childcare and family resources, and upcoming events hosted by the organization, please email

Office of Work/Life

While the Office of Work/Life works primarily to support faculty, researchers, administration, and staff, its website contains information that may be useful to students who are parents.