At Eastern, work-life balance is something we value. That's why we offer an on-campus preschool and daycare, maternity leave and lactation support for new moms. We want you to feel like life is manageable and enjoyable as you join the EMU community. We also provide a employee assistance program totally free of charge where you can find articles and resources to help you in creating the work life you want.

For more information on maternity leave and lactation support, contact the Benefits Office at 734.487.3195.

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    The Children's Institute is an on-campus daycare and preschool serving the children of EMU faculty, staff and students. Children aged 18 months through six years enjoy early childhood half or whole day programs taught by qualified teachers. Take advantage of our creative curriculum, dedicated staff and the convenience of having your children close on campus.

    Find out more on the Children's Institute website

    The Collaborative: Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center is a collective community-centered  response to providing quality child care to low-income families in Ypsilanti and to EMU students with children.

    Find out more on the Collaborative website.

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    Eastern believes in supporting mothers in their return to work or school at EMU. That's why we provide clean, secure and user-friendly lactation rooms for all women affiliated with the University, as well as visitors.

    Using the Rooms

    If possible, contact a location at least two days before you want to use it. Upon arrival, stop by the reception area with your student, staff or visitor ID to pick up the key to the room. Currently, room use is on a first-come, first-served basis, however, if you have a conflict with timing, contact the reception area so they can assist with scheduling. 

    Our rooms aren't equipped with pumps so you'll need to bring your own, however, don't leave it in the room. We can't guarantee the security of personal items. Also, out of respect for users, please don't prop open the door at any time.

    Refrigeration and storage is provided in some, but not all rooms, so be prepared to store your breast milk as needed. Eastern is not responsible for the security or integrity of breast milk.

    To prevent contamination, please be sure to clean up after your use of the room. Antibacterial sprays/wipes and paper towels are provided at some locations.


    All rooms are open Monday through Friday at the times below. Some are open on weekends, too. All rooms include a table, chair and wall plug. Rooms containing a refrigerator or sink are as noted below.

    Eagle Nutrition Services

    Rackham Building, First Floor, Room 160F
    Mon - Fri: 8:15 a.m.–4 p.m., during Fall and Winter. By appointment only during Summer.
    Available: sink and fridge
    For access, call 734.487.6572 or email [email protected].

    Student Center

    First Floor, #106 (opposite the elevator)
    Mon - Fri: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and during scheduled events at location.
    Available: sink nearby
    For access, visit second floor desk or call 734.487.1157.

    Strong Hall

    Lower level, Room L032
    Mon - Thur


    Second Floor, Room 205M
    Mon - Sun : during business hours
    For access, visit the Library Services Desk on the Main Floor or call 734.487.2562.

    Convocation Center

    First Floor, near Section 109, Room 231
    9 a.m.–5 p.m. and during all events
    For access, call 734.487.2282 and request a supervisor.


    First Floor, Room 101
    Available during Rec/IM facility open hours, please visit the website for updated facility schedules.
    For access, please visit the front counter on the first floor.

    John W. Porter Building

    First Floor, Room 113, Reflection/Lactation Room
    Mon - Thur: Available year round

    Everett L. Marshall Building

    Third Floor, Room 370, Reflection/Lactation Room
    Times available:  Monday - Friday.
    Request an access code by emailing [email protected].


    Contact the Benefits Office at [email protected] or at 734.487.3195 with questions.

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