Many divinity students arrive in New Haven with spouses/partners and/or children. Others acquire these during their time at the Divinity School. The Divinity School is a welcoming community that includes spouses, partners and children into many of its community events and activities.
In addition, the following are some of the resources available to students’ families.
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- Spouses and partners of currently enrolled YDS students are eligible to audit one course per semester without charge. For an application form to audit a course, contact the Office of Admissions.
- When student interest allows, a spouses/partner social club is offered. Check the list of student groups to find out whether or not this group is currently active. To revitalize a dormant group, check in with the Office of Student Affairs for assistance.
- Student Affiliate ID Cards are available for student spouses. To acquire one, the registered student must bring a valid student ID and proof of marriage or civil union (original marriage license) to the registrar’s office. The student must also know the final four digits of the spouse’s social security number. After the Registrar’s office approves the documentation, a pass to have a Yale student affiliate ID made will be issued. At that point, the student spouse can take the pass to the Yale ID Center (link to http://idcenter.yale.edu/) to get the photo ID made. Note that student affiliate ID cards for the spouses of new students are available after September 15 of each academic year.
- With a student affiliate ID card, student spouses are eligible for the following Yale privileges:
- Yale Gym memberships (for a fee) ( link to: http://sportsandrecreation.yale.edu/facility/payne-whitney-gym/payne-whitney-gym)
- Yale Repertory Theatre discounted student tickets/passes (link to http://www.yalerep.org/)
- Yale library services (link to http://web.library.yale.edu/)
- Peabody museum admission (link to http://peabody.yale.edu/)
- Use the Yale Shuttle bus system
- Purchase discounted student guest tickets for football, hockey and basketball home games. (link to: https://athletics.ticketing.yale.edu/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=students)
Health Care Coverage
- Students may cover their spouses (and children) for a fee (link to http://yalehealth.yale.edu/student-rates) through the convenient and comprehensive Yale Health Services. Contact them (link to: http://yalehealth.yale.edu/memberservices) for more information.
- Additional optional Dental and Optical insurance may be purchased that may include families as well. (link to http://www.yale.edu/gradprofdenteye/)
Employment Opportunities for student spouses/partners
- Yale University’s STARS Human Resource system (link to: http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/) is open to spouses and partners of graduate students.
- Yale-New Haven Hospital (link to https://www.ynhh.org/careers.aspx) has career opportunities that may suit student spouses and partners.
- Idealist (http://www.idealist.org/) regularly includes New Haven area employment opportunities.
- New Haven works (link to: http://newhavenworkspipeline.org/)offers job pipeline programs for New Haven city residents.
- Formal and informal programs for students with children are planned throughout the academic year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the email list.
- Many YDS activities are “family friendly.” Children are welcome in worship, and at most community events and presentations.
- Booster chairs are available in the refectory. Students may buy children meals out of their points.
- While there is no formal lactation room, contact email@example.com to come up with a workable solution for nursing mothers.
- When bringing children to programs that are not specifically family friendly or family welcoming, drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time to check out some toys from our collection. Student groups planning events are also welcome to sign out age –appropriate toys.
- For advice and advocacy related to managing a family while at YDS, contact email@example.com
Child care resources
- For occasional child care providers, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the Divinity School sitters list, or check out the Yale Babysitting Service (link to http://www.yale.edu/babysitting/)
- Yale’s worklife office (link to http://www.yale.edu/hronline/worklife/family_gateway.html) has a number of links to both long-term child care options and emergency backup care.
- New Haven Public Schools (link to http://www.nhps.net/) provide both magnet and neighborhood schools for residents of their district. Many schools offer Pre-K programs for youngsters ages 3-5, in addition to K-12 education. New Haven schools operate many unique magnet schools, for which one must apply to the school lottery in the winter of the school year prior to attendance.
- This Living in New Haven site (link to http://livingnh.yale.edu/nhschools) provides information about public, private and parochial schools in the area.
Fun and Enrichment
- Students with children should be sure to add themselves to the Divinity Students with Children facebook page, along with the McDougal Center’s “Bulldogs with Pups” facebook page. Both offer lists of local free and inexpensive outings for children and parents.
- The McDougal Center (supporting all Grad/Prof students) hires several family fellows who plan and lead a wide variety of programs and workshops. Be sure to be added to their list-serve!
- Yale itself hosts a bevy of fun family-friendly offerings.
- Children are always free at Yale Athletics events (link to http://www.yalebulldogs.com/landing/index). Keep an eye out for Youth Days scheduled within many of the sports’ home schedules.
- Check out the dinosaurs at Yale’s Peabody museum (http://peabody.yale.edu/) Children are free from 2-5 on Thursdays from September-June, and both Yale ID holders and children under 3 are free all the time.
- Yale’s art galleries (http://artgallery.yale.edu/ and http://britishart.yale.edu/) are free to all visitors and frequently include special programming for children. (link to: http://artgallery.yale.edu/education-overview/kids-and-families)
- Children’s swimming and occasionally dance lessons are offered at Payne-Whitney gymnasium (link to: http://sportsandrecreation.yale.edu/recreation-options/phys-ed)
- Ice skating classes for children and adults are offered by the Yale Figure Skating Club (http://www.yale.edu/yfsc/)
- Theater classes are offered through Yale Children’s Theater (link to: http://www.yalechildrenstheater.org/)