COMPASS Drop-in Childcare and Family Resource Center provides a reservable, short-term (max 3.5 hours) program for the children of SCSU students and employees.

COMPASS - Childcare Opportunities Mean Parents Achieve Success at Southern


The mission of COMPASS is to create an engaging, welcoming space for children to attend, learn and play. The program will establish meaningful connections, design, authentic experiences and provide engaging books, toys, and activities for all children in attendance.

A group of little children in a classroom setting

COMPASS Drop-in Childcare Center serves children ages 6 weeks -12 years daily as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Fridays: 8:00am to 2:00pm

Please note: information on evening care options will be shared soon.


The CCAMPIS Program (Child Care Access Means Parents In School) at Southern Connecticut State University is a federally funded program that provides childcare and subsidies to qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled part-time or full-time.

Payment and Funding

COMPASS is a low to no-cost childcare center. More information on fees can be found at Payment Information. Through our CCAMPIS grant and Student Affairs, financial assistance is available to support eligible undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled part-time or full-time. If you are currently in need of assistance to cover the cost of childcare off campus (at an accredited organization), please complete the childcare services subsidy application on our website. These funds are intended to assist student parents with the following: before or after school care, daycare expenses, and/or summer camp.

Other Services

Family Study Room

Room 120 in Buley Library is a Family Friendly Study Space. This room welcomes and encourages student parents to bring their children to the library. The Family Friendly Study Space includes child-friendly furniture, books, toys, and a study area for parents.

Lactation Space

At Southern we strive to accommodate breastfeeding parent’s needs. We currently have the four private and permanent lactation spaces located in HHS 115, BU 117, WT 115, and JE 224.

Rights for Parenting and Pregnant Students

Title IX applies to pregnant and parenting university students. Learn more by visiting SCSU Student RightsThe Pregnant Scholar, and Rights for Pregnant and Parenting Students.


Monthly parent support groups are hosted through COMPASS and are listed on the university calendar.