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GVSU Faculty and Staff Family Friendly Resource Guide

  • Work Place Options - Resource Referral Services for Child Care Providers
    Did you know that it takes the average person 35 hours to find a child care provider? Let Work Place Options, part of GVSU's Employee Assistance Service, help you out! Simply call 1-800-788-8630 and speak with a referral specialist. The referral specialist will conduct a tailored search for the child care provider that best fits the needs of your child(ren). Let Work Place Options do the work for you!

    Available Support Literature
    Literature on topics ranging from expecting your first child, to potty training, a variety of materials are available to help you with the journey of all stages of life.

  • Adoption
    Pre-taxed savings for adoption assistance
    "The Adoption Resource Book" FREE from Work Place Options

    Adoption Resources and Benefits
    Adoption Form

  • Nursing Amendment
    Did you know about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)? Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which now requires that employers provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.”  Employers are also required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.”... 

  • Rooms for Nursing Mothers
    GVSU is striving to make it easier for nursing mothers to maintain breast-feeding after returning to work or school by providing private and comfortable rooms for nursing mothers. 

    GVSU recognizes the importance of supporting nursing mothers by providing space for mothers to express milk.   If you are having difficulty making arrangements, please contact Sue Sloop at Work Life Connections, 331-8011 or  

  • Support for Working Mothers, Fathers, and Families
    This brochure is a coordination of efforts between the GVSU Women's Center, Child Enrichment Center and the Work Life Connections program. Through this effort we hope to encourage, strengthen and support GVSU students, faculty and staff in their family life as well as their work life. This brochure provides the GVSU community with a snapshot of services that are available to support working mothers, fathers and families and promote, encourage and facilitate the development of a strong sense of family and community.

  • "What Daddies Do Best"
    January 17, 2013 and March 14, 2013 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm KC2264
    My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.  Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.”  “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply.  “We’re raising boys.”  ~Harmon Killebrew
    Like football, fatherhood is about winning. But it’s more than just scoring points. It’s about winning the hearts and minds of your children and leaving a rich legacy of love for future generations. This group of Grand Valley dads meets twice a semester to talk about topics related to fatherhood.  It’s facilitated by Sharalle Arnold, Director of the Children’s Enrichment Center and Sue Sloop, Work Life Consultant.  

  • Baby Changing Stations
    Baby changing stations have been added to male and female restrooms across campus. This has been done to serve the children of our faculty, staff, students and community members during working hours or for events that may be on campus.

    For specific locations, please contact the Women’s Center at 331-2748 or

  • New Baby Packets
    Grand Valley State University would like to welcome the newest addition to your family! Please accept our congratulations and warmest wishes on this new and wonderful stage in your life. Being a parent can be the hardest and the best job that you will ever do. Here at GVSU, we recognize that life does not stop when you go to work. Therefore, We have included several services on this page that may be helpful for you in supporting your role of parent and faculty/staff member. In addition, when you call the GVSU Benefits Department to let them know of the change in your benefits, we will send you a New Baby Packet filled with information on all aspects of parenting a newborn and a small gift for your little one. If you are not benefit eligible, please contact Sue Sloop to receive your New Baby Packet.


  • Mom's Bloom Website



Susan Sloop, Work Life Consultant
GVSU Human Resources
Phone: (616) 331-2215, Fax: (616) 331-3216

or Encompass
 For all Work/Life or Financial/Legal Resources and Referrals
       Contact 1-800-788-8630 or

Page last modified January 22, 2014