Family Resource Center


Discussion Groups

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Student Parent Support Group

This is a one hour drop-in group open to all Penn students and postdocs with children. It is intended to be a space where you can can come whenever you feel you need more support. It is a place where student parents can connect, develop support networks and build community. 
We invite expecting, new and "experienced" parents to come connect and support each other, a place dedicated to hearing your concerns and challenges you deal with as student parents. Open to students, postdocs, and their spouses, partners and children as well (please note that child must be supervised at all times.) 
The group will be co-facilitated with a Counseling and Psychological Services clinician Sonya Meora, MSN, CRNP and Kendra Hypolite, MSW, LSW Assistant Director of the Family Center who is a licensed social worker. Reach out to Kendra at if you have any questions. 
Lunch is provided! Please register in advance so we know how much food to order. 

English Lessons

English Lessons are available for Penn students and post docs and their adult family members. 

Classes are free. Advanced registration is encouraged. All classes take place in the Family Resource Center. Spring semester classes begin Jan 22nd and end May 14. Please register in advance so teachers can prepare materials. Kids are welcome, but must be watched by the caregiver attending class. 

Beginners classes: Tuesday 10AM-12PM

Intermediate classes: Wednesdays 10AM-12PM 

Advanced classes: Mondays 1PM-3PM

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Advanced English Lessons

Advanced lessons are appropriate for students whose native language is not English. The lessons will build control of advanced grammatical structures, develops ability to communicate by using various forms of expressions in different environments and discover the American culture. This event is cosponsored by the Graduate Student Center. 

Advanced registration is required, space is limited. 

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Beginner English Lessons

Beginner Lessons are appropriate for learners who do not have experience speaking English. 

Advanced registration is required, space is limited.

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Intermediate English Lessons

Intermediate Lessons are appropriate for learners who have some experience speaking English but would like to work on speaking skills and vocabulary. 

Advanced registration is required, space is limited. 

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Family Game Night

Family Game Night

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Lounge Front, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Lounge Back, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

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Join us for Family Game Night! A night of games, prizes, and fun!

We will have board games and card games for all ages, pizza and snacks, and prizes for participation!

Please register in advance. 

Financial Wellness

Financial Planning Workshop

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Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Want to learn about financial planning? This workshop will answer all your questions about how to best plan your budget.

When should I start planning for retirement? Budgeting for individuals and families? How to manage debt? Find answers to all your questions at a financial planning workshop with a representative from TIAA. 

All graduate students and students and postdocs with families are welcome to join!

Lunch will be provided. Please register in advance! 

This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Center and the Family Resource Center. 

Parents Events

Learning Through Play Workshop

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Lounge Back, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Lounge Front, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Learning can be fun at any age! Join the Family Center on March 27th from 12-1pm for a presentation by Dr. Suzanne Fegley, a lecturer and researcher at Penn's Graduate School of Education to learn about how our kids learn as they play and how to encourage them as they grow. Come ready with questions for Dr. Fegley.
Lunch is provided.  Please register in advance.

Storytime at the Family Center

Join us weekly for storytime and snacks at the Family Center (3615 Locust Walk)!



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Story Time with the Free Library!

With Free Library of Philadelphia, the Family Center invites you to biweekly story times on Wednesdays from 1:30 pm to 2 pm. We will read different stories every session. The story times are open to children of all ages.

Outside Events for Parents & Families

Growing Minds, Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum introduces Growing Minds, new programming specifically geared to younger visitors and their families. Growing Minds offers events like with Seeds to Sprouts, Stroller Stride, Story Time Nature Yoga. Visit the Morris Arboretum for the full schedule and registration information.


**Morris Arboretum is free with a Penn card!

Family Friendly events at the Kimmel Center

If you are interested in exploring Philly and doing more outside of the Penn area then you should check out the Kimmel Center. All year long they throw a series of events and many happened to be Family Friendly. Grab your children and go check them out.