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Managing your academics and planning for the future

Talk to your Advisor

Undergraduate students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to discuss their course schedule and create a plan for time away from school.  Mary Higgins, Assistant Vice-President for Student Retention is another great resource and can assist in contacting faculty or your advisor to discuss any academic concerns.  Mary can be reached at the Center for Student Success and Retention: 402-280-5566.

Non-traditional students, including students over the age of 24, are encouraged to contact Mary Bestenlehner in University College to discuss any academic concerns.  Mary can be reached at 402-280-2730.

Consider your Housing Options

Undergraduate students are encouraged to visit the Department of Residence Life, located in Swanson Hall, room 136 to discuss housing options.  Heider Hall is an apartment style building available to freshmen and sophomore students who have a child or who are expecting a child.  Heider Hall has limited availability for juniors, seniors, and graduate students so please contact Residence Life as soon as you know you are expecting.  Contact Carol Isham for more information at 402-280-3900. 

Financial Considerations

Having a child will bring financial changes to your life and it's important to consider your financial aid, student employment, and work study opportunities. please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 402-280-2731. 

Additionally, Dean Obenauer in the Office of Financial Aid is available to meet with students to discuss financial literacy.  If you need assistance with budgeting or money management as you prepare for a child, Dean would be happy to help.

Many undergraduates and low-income families qualify for Title XX (Nebraska Child Care Subsidy).  Contact 402-595-3400 or visit Nebraska DHHS online to learn more.  The online assessment tool can also help you determine if you qualify for additional assistance with food, health care or housing.  Additionally, some graduate students may qualify for child care loans, which can be discussed with the Office of Financial Aid.

What to Look For When Seeking Child Care

Verify the license of the center or in-home care and find out if any complaints have been filed against them through the Dept. of Health and Human Services 

Look For:

  • Space-make sure there is adequate space for playing and sleeping separately.
  • Quality of materials and furniture-not necessarily expensive, but durable, clean and with no sharp corners, choking hazards or fragile pieces.
  • Clean-spills should be cleaned soon after they occur, toys should be cleaned and disinfected regularly (preferably weekly; daily if touched by bodily fluids).
  • Organized-children should have a regular routine which includes planned activities, quiet and noisy times, set meal times, and adequate time for rest/sleeping.
  • Set guidance/discipline plan-caregivers should have information and training on handling behaviors and conflicts with children.  Physical punishment or withholding food is NEVER acceptable in a daycare/childcare center.
  • Comfortable sleep space-babies should be laid to rest on their backs in a crib and nothing should be in the crib with them (blankets should be tucked into mattress until the baby can roll over).  Toddlers and preschoolers should have a quiet low lit space to sleep (at least 30 minutes/day).
  • Healthy foods/positive meal times-preferably part of USDA food plan (CACFP), at least menu balanced in food groups. Caregivers should encourage, not force food choices.

Finding Balance and Support

Expecting a child while in school can be stressful and the Center for Health and Counseling is available to help.  Student Counseling Services offers free counseling sessions to Creighton students in a confidential environment.  For more information, visit them online or contact 402-280-2735 for an appointment.