University organizations, centers, and the Graduate School offer several services and programs aimed at supporting families and making work-life harmony a little easier. Here are a few of them.

Kids Night Out

During fall and spring semesters while classes are in session, the Virginia Tech Women’s Center sponsors “Kids Night Out,” a free weekly drop-in child care program, on Thursdays between 6-8:30 p.m. The center, at 206 Washington Street provides care for children ages 2-12 (must be toilet trained). There is no need to pre-register.

The program provides children with games, toys, books, crafts, homework help, and plenty of fun. Child care is provided by volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority.

For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at  or 231-7806.

Donate and Swap

Each November, the VT Women's Center, Graduate Student Assembly and Graduate School team up to sponsor the free Donate and Swap in the Graduate Life Center multipurpose room. Members of the university community and folks from the surrounding area donate new, unused, or gently used items for children ages 0-10 years. Donations include clothing, children's equipment, toys, diapers, bedding, formula, strollers, car seats, school supplies and more, and usually fill the multipurpose room. On Donate-and-Swap day, graduate students can fill a bag with donated items, and select from among larger items. Watch the GLC weekly email and the GLC blog for more information on the date and time of the event.

Work-life Grant

The work-life grant program is a partnership of the Graduate School and the university's colleges to provide up to six-weeks of paid leave to graduate assistants, graduate teaching assistants, and graduate research assistants (GAs, GTAs, GRAs,) for childbirth, adoption and major life events.