Access and Success

Access and Success is a unique program created to support St. Catherine students raising children. The program is open to any student with a child(ren), regardless of income, age of child or degree level.

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    Supporting Students Raising Children

    Whether you want help navigating childcare options, balancing classes with the rest of your busy lives, connecting with other student parents or getting resources to support and stabilize your family—we are here for you.

    Feel free to call, email or stop into our offices.

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St. Paul Campus
Coeur de Catherine | Room 493
651.690.6894 or 651.690.8696

Minneapolis Campus
Education Building | Room 361, 363
651.690.7870 or 651.690.7874

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    Connecting Student-Parents to the Support They Need

    Access and Success has offices on both campuses with caring, skilled staff who are there to get to know you and connect you to the support and resources you need to meet your academic goals.

The Early Childhood Center and Montessori Program
The Early Childhood Center and Montessori Program is located in the lower level of St. Mary's Hall on the St. Paul campus and provides care to children ages 33 months to 6 years.

For further information, contact the Center at 651.690.6608.

Katie Babysitters
The child-friendly study rooms on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campus each contain a 3-ring binder listing St. Kate's students who are interested in babysitting. Their availability and special skills are listed. Access and Success has not interviewed these students, therefore we recommend you interview and visit with them before hiring, as well as establish an agreed upon rate.

Lactation Rooms
Quiet and private spaces for expressing milk or nursing your baby are available on both St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.

  • St. Paul: Coeur de Catherine room 490; Whitby Hall 3rd floor, across from room 314; Fontbonne Hall room 217.
  • Minneapolis: Old Main room 621

Child Friendly Study Spaces
Access and Success has rooms equipped with computers, a printer, study spaces, and an adjacent playroom for your children on both St. Kate's campuses.

Contact Access & Success for information about:

  • free after-school programs
  • childcare provider lists
  • summer camps and programs
  • help paying for childcare
  • crisis childcare

Need financial help? Contact Access and Success for more information on:

  • discounted tickets and events for you and your family
  • assistance with unemployment, benefits, and filing taxes
  • emergency loans and grants
  • scholarships
  • Individual Development Accounts (IDA)

Finding a Food Shelf
The Twin Cities is served by a network of agencies, which maintain emergency food shelves to assist people who temporarily are not able to meet their food needs. Generally you must provide proof that you live in the agency's service area. Food Shelves can provide up to a week of free food. Check out Hunger Solutions for a food shelf in your area.

Fare for All
Save money on groceries by using Fare for All to help stretch your food dollars.

CommuniKate Cookbook
CommuniKate Cookbook is a healthy and affordable recipe book created by St. Kate's student parents.

Finding affordable and safe housing is essential. Contact Access and Success to learn more about the housing resources available on and off campus, including subsidized housing and housing crisis help.

From personal support to physical health are many safety and well-being resources for you and your family while on and off campus. Contact Access and Success for more information on:

  • Personal Support
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Personal Safet
  • Physical Healt
  • Health Care Resouhrces
  • Spiritual Health
  • Cultural Health
  • Youth & Family Services

Access and Success recommends these options for saving money on transportation:

College Go-To Pass (Metro Bus Pass)
The College Go-To Passes for fall semester are available at the Information Center on the St. Paul campus. These passes are good for one semester and allows you to use public transportation at a reduced rate.

Ways to Work
Ways to Work is a proven, innovative program that provides small loans to low-income parents who cannot get loans elsewhere. The purpose of the loan is to help family members pay for unexpected expenses that could interfere with their ability to keep a job or stay in school. Quite often the loans are used to purchase or fix a car.

Auto Technical Institute (ATI)
Auto Technical Institute (ATI) offers many services. One is Project Family Car, a program that provides affordable, reliable cars to help families make the transition from welfare to work.

People Responding in Social Ministry (PRISM)
The PRISM agency has several programs aimed at getting and keeping reliable transportation in the hands of low-income working families.

United Way 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, three-digit number that families and individuals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services. 2-1-1 call centers are staffed 24/7 by trained Information and Referral Specialists who quickly assess needs and refer callers to the help that they seek.

For more resources, try 2-1-1. Cell phone users can call 651.291.0211. Toll free: 1.800.543.7709. Multilingual lines are available.

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Whether you are working out, looking for a place to study, attending mass
or spending an evening at the theater, there's a place for you at St. Kate's.

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