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Exceptional Funding

We are offering support to women with infants and young children for whom it is difficult to attend conferences due to child-care related issues. We have funding to defray some of the travel costs for female participants' infants, along with the travel costs of a caretaker to accompany the female participant to the event. Women attending the conference can request this support during registration. Depending on how many participants bring children, we may be able to set up a babysitter sharing situation.


If you are traveling with children and would prefer to stay in a hotel suite, such rooms are available at the Hampton Inn and Eastland Suites. These include more space, a couch, a table, and a kitchenette, among other amenities.

Play Room and Nursing Room

We will set up a play room in the Hampton Inn, which is around the corner from the NCSA. The play room will be stocked with toys and a high chair, as well as a table with chairs and a mini fridge. Please keep in mind that all children must be accompanied by a caretaker. There is also a mother's room for nursing on the third floor of the NCSA Building with comfortable seating.

Other Resources

Southeast of campus is a family housing complex called Orchard Downs. There are many playgrounds scattered around the complex, and it is right next to the university arboretum.

There are many nice parks around campus, and even more if you have access to a car. Besides the beautiful University Arboretum, located just South of Florida on Lincoln in Urbana. Here are lists of parks in Champaign and Urbana:

Very close to campus is the Urbana Free Library, which is a great place to visit with kids.

The university ice rink is open and offers skate rental.

Here is also a wealth of information on experiencing the Champaign-Urbana area with children.

Please feel free to email Elena Fuchs at [lenfuchs at illinois dot edu] with more questions about coming to Champaign-Urbana with children.