At Riverside City College, we like to help all our students reach their full potential. Student-Parents at RCC can receive priority registration, take advantage of academic and health counseling, and join clubs and organizations across campus. Please look below for more information about the resources offered at RCC for our student-parents.
On-Campus Resources for Student-Parents
The Basic Needs Resource Center is available to all RCC students who feel they are
in need. We define NEED as a situation where students are faced with financial challenges and would otherwise
have limited resources to supplement their meals.
Location: Dr. Charles A Kane Student Services and Administrations Building Room 104
Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm; Tuesday 8 am - 6 pm.
Phone: (951) 328-3777
CalWORKs is committed to helping eligible families with supportive services, through
collaboration with our community partners, to prepare them to pursue personal, academic,
and career goals. Our CalWORKs staff is available to assist students by providing
valuable services and resources needed to find success in school and in the workplace.
Location: Dr. Charles A. Kane Student Services and Administration Building - Second Floor Room 202
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Tuesday until 6pm) - Closed all major holidays
Contact: Carol Wohlk, CalWORKs Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org or CalWORKs@rcc.edu
Phone: (951) 222-8648 or (951) 222-8198
You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression! RCC’s Career Closet is a free clothing boutique that specializes in providing new or gently used professional attire to students. Every enrolled RCC student can select two outfits to keep per semester. Students also receive guidance on proper professional attire for career events and job interviews. The Career Closet is located in Portable 6 between Landis Theater and Technology A.
The Career Closet is NOW OPEN Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 - 4 pm for walk-ins. No appointment needed.
If you cannot visit during regular hours, please make an appointment to select two free professional outfits. You can choose from a variety of available days and times.
All students visiting the Career Closet must be approved to come to campus through Cleared4.
The first 5 years of a child’s life are so important, nurturing childcare plays a vital role. The Child Development Center and Learning Laboratory provide a rich, social, supportive, academically focused atmosphere for young children and a structured learning environment for RCC students, the next generation of childcare professionals. With an extremely favorable caregiver-to-child ratio (in addition to instructors) our accredited facility is an excellent choice. Kids who participate in quality pre-school/childcare programs are better prepared for future education — grade school and college or university. Our program cares for infants, toddlers and preschoolers (up to age 6). License #: 334809484 and 330908047
Children’s Center Hours 6:30 am – 5:30 pm
Office Hours 9 am – 5:30 pm
Observation Hours (Morning) 9 am – 12:30 pm
Observation Hours (Afternoon) 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
For more information contact the Child Development Center and Learning Laboratory at (951) 222-8068.
- Students must be enrolled full-time (12 units in fall and spring terms) *exceptions may apply for DRC or foster youth students
- CA Resident or AB540 qualified
- Have completed less than 45 degrees applicable (course) units
- Qualify for the California College Promise Grant
Student must have an educational disadvantage
- Must be an EOPS student
- Single head of household
- Must have at least 1 child under age 18
- Receive cash aid through the county CalWORKs/TANF program for themselves or their child(ren).
CARE services include stipends, gas cards, grocery cards, meal tickets, parking permit, student services fees, and provide a CARE book and supply voucher. The parking permit and book voucher depends on whether the county will be providing these services, if not CARE will.
Samantha Cannon, Samantha.Cannon@rcc.edu
- Kane - First Floor 1 (men’s) Toilet/1 Urinal (public/students)
- Digital Library Breezeway - 1 Toilet (public/students)
- Digital Library Fourth Floor - 1 Toilet (staff)
- Tech A - 1 Toilet (men’s) (public/students)
- Tech B - 1 Toilet (public/students)
- Auto Tech - 1 Toilet(men’s) (public/students)
- Auto Tech - 1 Toilet (women’s) (public/students)
- Lovekin - 1 Toilet (public/students)
- Huntley Gym - 1 Toilet (women’s) (staff)
- Huntley Gym - 1 Toilet (men’s) (staff)
- Warehouse - two 1 Toilet Restrooms (public/students)
- Music - 1 Toilet (men’s) (public/staff)
- BE - 1 Toilet (men’s) and 1 Toilet (women’s) (public/students)
- Quad - 1 Toilet (staff)
- Cosmo - 1 Toilet (public/students)
- Aquatics Center - 2 Toilets (public/students)
- Art - 1 Toilet (men’s) (public/students)
- Wheelock Stadium - 4 Toilets (public/students)
- Early Childhood Education - 2 Toilets (public/staff)
- Math and Science - 6 Toilets (staff)
Student parents will be eligible for La Casa if they are enrolled and fall into one of the RCC Student Equity Gaps. This may include, Latino/a/x, Chicano, Hispanic, Indigenous, Black, African American, Native American, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Veterans, Foster Youth, and Students with Disabilities. Once they join, the requirements are to attend 1 counseling appointment and 2 workshops or events throughout the semester.
Benjamin Vargas, Benjamin.Vargas@rcc.edu
Riverside City College now offers breast feeding mothers an on-the-go lactation pod. Designed to provide a clean, private and comfortable environment for lactating mothers, the Mamava pod is located on the third floor of the Digital Library. It is available on a first come, first serve basis and is exclusively for breast feeding women– faculty, staff and students of RCC.
We provide services to all foster youth students. If students are parenting, we try to connect them with CalWORKs, EOPS/CARES, childcare on campus and other resources they may need.
Jeremy Johnson, Jeremy.Johnson@rcc.edu
The RCC Resource Center located on the second floor Bradshaw (above the cafeteria) open 9 am - 4 pm is here to provide students with FREE snacks, school supplies such as pens, pencils and highlighters. Toiletries such as razors, pads, tampons, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorants, shampoo, conditioners, lotions, body wash. Printing is also available with a lounge and computers.
Student Employment offers students the opportunity to have part-time employment on or off-campus that can be related to their chosen field of study. It also provides employment that can be flexible to their school schedules. Finally, student employment allows students to gain work experience and assist in paying for their educational expenses. Types include Federal Work-Study, Institutional funded work-study, and CalWorks Work-Study.
Heather Yates, Heather.Yates@rcc.edu
RCC Student-Parent Club has been formed to advocate, support, and create an identity for those of us who attend college and are carrying the label of a proud parent as well. As a parenting student, there are specific barriers and needs that come with our college experience. The student-parent club is where you can be heard, empowered, and meet others who share your similar experiences.
February 21, March 7 and 21, April 4 and 25, and May 9 and 23.
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Join on Zoom
Araceli Calderón, Araceli.Calderon@rcc.edu
Anne Lenox, Anne.Lenox@rcc.edu
The Pregnant and Parenting Students’ Rights Toolkit has information on how title IX applies to pregnant and parenting students.
UMOJA provides our students with specialized, comprehensive 2-year educational plans, help students to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities, develops students into community leaders, mentors, etc. We provide a student center for students to study and do homework, provide book laptop lending, tutoring. academic advising, workshops, etc.
Sharon Walker, Sharon.Walker@rcc.edu
External (off campus) resources
If we do not have what you need, Riverside County has various programs that could help student-parents.
Riverside County Office of Education (rcoe.us)
- If you are searching for available, licensed childcare near your home or work, please search the Resource and Referral database. This database provides the most current information for childcare centers and family childcare homes in Riverside County.
Quality Start Riverside County
- Looking for Assistance Paying for Child Care Services? Some families may be eligible for cost-assisted (subsidized) childcare based on gross (before taxes) income and family size.
- Mamas y Bebes is a program that offers FREE classes to pregnant and new mommies with babies 0-12 months. These classes teach coping mechanisms to manage and explore the joys and stress of motherhood.
- Contact Information: Gloria Lopez, (909) 982-8641, email@example.com
- BIH was created by the California Department of Public Health, this forward-thinking
program to address the high rate of infant mortality in African American babies. BIH
helps to empower African American moms to make behavioral changes that lead to living
a healthier lifestyle, while also empowering them to incorporate and practice effective
stress-reduction strategies. BIH also helps the moms to create stronger positive connections
to their heritage and with African American women in their community.
- How to Enroll: To Enroll in this free service, you must be an African American woman, 16 years
or older, pregnant or have a baby up to 6 months old. To learn more about the Black
Infant Health Program, please complete the referral form and contact:
- Jessica Biggs: firstname.lastname@example.org, (951) 318-3932
- Maternal, Child Adolescent Health Program: MCAHRivcoReferrals@ruhealth.org
- How to Enroll: To Enroll in this free service, you must be an African American woman, 16 years or older, pregnant or have a baby up to 6 months old. To learn more about the Black Infant Health Program, please complete the referral form and contact:
- CalFresh is for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. Need more help? Watch this video on How to apply for benefits!
California Earned Income Tax Credit
- You may be eligible for a California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) up to $3,417
for tax year 2022 as a working family or individual earning up to $30,000 per year.
Check if you qualify.
- The Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) provides a credit up $1,083 per tax return for Californians who qualify for CalEITC and have a child under 6 years old.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Division administers the California WIC program. This program helps families across the state by providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy foods, and referrals to health care and other community services.
Student-Parents in Action!
My name is Yessenia Cervantes, and I am a parenting student at RCC. I decided to continue my educational journey in the Winter 2020 semester. I am pursuing a sociology major. Before going back to college, I was a stay-at-home mother. However, after going through a separation, I wanted to be self-sufficient and independent.
Returning to college as a full-time student and parenting four-kids has been extremely challenging during the pandemic. One of the biggest challenges at the start of my first term as a full-time student was simultaneously being a mother, a teacher, and a student. It got to a point where I thought going to school and earning a degree was unrealistic for a person like me, a student-parent.
I am part of the CalWORKs and EOPS programs at RCC, and I knew there were other parenting students that were facing similar challenges This is one of the reasons why I co-founded the Student-Parent Club at RCC and took leadership as the President. Being part of the Student-Parent Club has made me feel supported and guilt free of the process and/or sacrifices of juggling parenting and my education. The Student-Parent Club has given me and other student parents a voice and has validated our identity as a parenting student at RCC. We can achieve our academic goals while being parents. ¡Sí se puede!
Maria De Los Angeles Baughman Ramirez
I am Maria De Los Angeles Baughman Ramirez, and at the age of 31 I have many things to be proud of. For instance, I take pride in being a parenting student, meaning that I am pursuing higher education while being a parent. I chose the path of higher education because I want my daughter to have a strong foundation to thrive and I want to be the leading example in her life.