Pregnancy & Parenting Resources Inititative

Pregnancy and Parenting Resources Initiative is an interoffice collaboration that attempts to serve the special needs of pregnant and parenting students. Substantial national evidence demonstrates that students who become parents during their college studies have a very high dropout rate.  PPRI believes students should not have to choose between being parents and completing their education. PPRI has sponsored Pregnancy Resources Forums conducted by Feminists for Life, Inc. to address the specific needs of pregnant and parenting students.

OUR PRIMARY PURPOSES AND MISSION ARE:

  • To support pregnant and parenting students at Clarion as they strive to attain a college education;
  • To advocate for these students in the areas of advising, housing, childcare, healthcare, resource identification, and financial aid;
  • To organize social and professional networking opportunities.

Finances


Worrying about finances shouldn't be part of the college experience. Pregnant and parenting students should be aware of financial resources at their disposal including Financial Aid, Pennsylvania WIC, and Raising Kids on a Shoestring Budget.

Healthcare


A variety of on- and off-campus healthcare options are available to pregnant and parenting students such as Health ServicesAdagio Health and dental care.

Housing


Finding affordable housing is possible in Clarion. With options available in Campus Housing and the Clarion County Housing Authority, you're sure to find a place to call home.

Daycare


Finding someone to care for your children when you are working or earning your degree can be a a source of frustration, but it doesn't have to be. Compass and Care.com are two resources to help you find trusted care for your children.

Counseling


Dealing with school and family responsibilities as well as any personal issues can take its toll emotionally. Please utilize these resources at your disposal including campus Counseling Services, Next Step Pregnancy Solutions and Services, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape/PASSAGES (local sexual assault counseling) and SAFE (abuse counseling and off-campus therapy referrals).

Social Equity/Title IX


Many students may not be aware of their rights as parents and that those rights fall under Title IX legislation.  In addition, all students are protected under the Non-discrimination Policy. If you feel you have been discriminated against, please file a formal complaint. Make yourself aware of these rights, to ensure a smoother educational experience.

Additional Links


Here are some additional links to help you juggle home and school life including Raising Kids on a Shoestring Budget, WIC, the PPRI Facebook page and Compass.

Lactation Rooms


There is a lactation room at each campus. Clarion's lactation room is located at 110 Gemmell Student Complex and Venango's lactation room is located at 224 Montgomery Hall.

contact Information

Dr. Tom Rourke, faculty advisor
305 Founders Hall
+1 814 393 2369

Amy Salsgiver, Interim director of Social Equity
210 Carrier Hall
+1 814 393 2109

Joseph Croskey
115 Ralston Hall
+1 814 393 1876

Elizabeth McNitt, student representative

Last Updated 11/8/17