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Brown University Policies & Procedures

  • Brown University Family Friendly Policies
    Information on policies and programs for work/life balance, parenting a new child, child care, tuition aid program, dual career partner placement, and faculty housing through the Dean of the Faculty. Find additional information on [*Brown University Faculty Policies & Procedures*].

Resources for Brown Faculty

It can be extraordinarily challenging to balance the demands of work and family, but Brown is committed to ensuring that faculty members are able to succeed professionally, to have time for a fulfilling personal life, and to meet family responsibilities. On these pages, you will find information about resources at Brown that are designed to help. (Source: Dean of Faculty)

Assistance at Brown University

  • Faculty/Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)
    The Faculty/Staff Assistance Program exists to assist employees and their immediate families in handling personal problems. FSAP providers will guide, counsel and assist employees referred by supervisors, as well as those who refer themselves. Services include counseling for family, legal and financial assistance in addition to help with child care, elder care, adoption and education information. Brown Human Resources Policy: 30.013.
  • Backup Care Benefit
    This program provides employees easy access to qualified caregivers on a temporary basis when normal care giving arrangements break down or when emergency situations arise. The University has contracted with Bright Horizons, whose nationwide network of providers includes thousands of in-home agencies and center-based providers who are able to ensure that temporary, emergency needs for care for children, elders, and others can be met. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and Brown employees are able to use up to 100 hours of care per calendar year. Click on the link above and / or contact Michele Wise <michele_wise@brown.edu> for more information.

Brown is affiliated with three day-care centers, listed below. Please contact the agencies directly for more information:

  • YMCA Mt. Hope Childcare Center
    Address: 421 Hope Street, Providence, Ri 02906
    Phone: (401) 521-7252
    Contact: Carol Mahoney, Director
    The Center is currently licensed to serve infants and children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.
  • The Taft Avenue Infant/Toddler Day Care Center
    Address: 48 Taft Avenue on the East Side of Providence
    Phone: (401)274-2013
    Contact: Mary S. Castrignano, Director
    The Center is currently licensed for 20 children, from 6 weeks to 36 months in age.
  • The Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center
    Address:  150 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906
    Phone: (401)-521-5460
    Email: brown.foxpoint@verizon.net
    Contact: Chris Amirault, Director
    The Center is licensed to serve children ages 3 through kindergarten. Brown/Fox Point conducts an admissions lottery every year in early March; application instructions are available at their website (click on "The Brown/Fox Point Childhood Education Center" above).

Local Child Care Resources

  • The Care Post
    An online marketplace connecting families with nannies, babysitters, tutors, and other childcare providers nationwide.
  • Options for Working Parents
    Options for Working Parents is the website of a non-profit program whose mission is to promote a stable workforce for RI businesses by meeting the diverse child/dependent care needs of families through the provision of reliable resources and referrals. Users are provided the opportunity to conduct up to three searches per year. The search engine allows you to sort your search by type of care including center based, family care, pre-school programs, home based, nursery, school aged or camp. The search results offer the basic information like name and address and also information including days of operation, full-time/part time, philosophy, financial assistance, and quality indicators (curriculum etc) among other things.
  • RI Child Care Licensure
    Parents may use the following site to personally check the validity of the license for any child care facility they are seriously considering. In addition to validity of the license and state guidelines, the website allows parents to "examine any past claims or citations that may have been filed against that facility.
  • RI Day Care Provider Directory
    The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families website allows a search of all day care providers licensed in the State of Rhode Island. The site will search home and/or center based care by specific cities or towns in Rhode Island.
  • Sittercity
    Sittercity.com is America's largest site for matching parents with local babysitters and nannies as well as dog walkers, senior care providers and tutors, with over a million caregiver profiles nationwide. Parents looking for sitters can use a four-step screening process, which includes checking references, reading caregiver reviews, conducting interviews and utilizing free access to background checks to find the perfect match for their family. Enter your ZIP code to find sitters in your area.

Local Primary & Secondary School Resources

  • RIDE.ri.gov
    RIDE.ri.gov is a comprehensive site providing information about all aspects of primary and secondary schooling in the state of Rhode Island. Users are able to search schools in the state by name or type (e.g. public, private, special education). The site also contains a full directory of contact information for all of the schools in the state. Other information on the site includes "School Report Cards" which provides a percentage of the students testing proficient in math, writing and reading, an overall classification (commendable, high performing, moderate performing or insufficient progress) as well as a proficiency index score for each school.
  • Public School Review
    Public School Review is a website that offers reviews of public schools for every state. The Rhode Island page has tools to search schools by zip code and it allows the user to compare schools side-by-side for characteristics such as size, faculty/student ratio, proportion of students receiving free/reduced lunch and ethnic demographics of the student body. The site also provides the opportunity to compare the demographic of the various towns and counties as a potential measure of school quality. Another interesting feature of the site is a listing of schools that have achieved Blue Ribbon status. These are schools have been recognized by the Department of Education for achieving superior standards of academic excellence.
  • The Catholic Schools of Rhode Island
    This site offers a comprehensive listing of all educational institutions registered with the Diocese of Providence. This includes 58 elementary and secondary Catholic Schools in Rhode Island. The school directory allows you to choose a city or a particular school and offers basic information such as addresses and telephone numbers. You can also directly access email for each school from the site as well as websites when available. In addition the site offers information about tuition costs for each school. 
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
    This is a website that allows the user to locate independent schools by area. Searches may be very broad such as all school in a given metropolitan area or very specific like day schools in a given state. The search results offer a list of school. Clicking on a given school will yield additional information. This includes contact information, school information (e.g. type, grades, and enrollment), special programs (languages) and sports programs.

Funding Resources

  • DOF Faculty Travel Fund (FTF)
    The fund is available to voting members of the Brown faculty for assistance in meeting the costs of one professional trip during any academic year. The Traveler may be provided up to $850. Awards are made year-round as funds are available.
  • Dependent Care Travel Fund
    Eligible faculty may apply for awards of up to $750 per year to assist with expenses incurred in association with professional travel. Examples of expenses that may be supported include additional, above-the-ordinary, hours of care for dependents at home; contracting for childcare at a conference; or even travel costs incurred in taking a caregiver to a conference or on a short research trip. Awards are made year-round as funds are available.

Ivy Plus Childcare Programs

Providing support to tenure-track and tenured faculty with dependent care, specifically childcare, responsibilities is important for universities wanting to remain competitive in the benefits they offer faculty members and important for the faculty wanting to achieve a better work/life balance and continue their research.

The following categories were developed by studying the programs Ivy League Plus universities and colleges currently provide and describe on their websites. These key areas and universities offering programs are summarized in the chart below. A more expansive explanation of programs and policies (with direct links) is listed below the chart.

Institution Adoption
(financial)
Assistance
Affiliated
Childcare
Center(s)
Babysitting
Support
Breastfeeding
Support
Committee
on Status of
Women
Emergency/
Back-up
Care
Financial
Assistance
(more than
FSA)
Tenure
Clock
Extension
Resource/
Referral
Brown


 
Columbia
Cornell
     
Dartmouth
         
Harvard
Johns
Hopkins
     
MIT
Princeton
       
Stanford
 
Univ. of Penn
       
Yale
 

Adoption Assistance

Adoption Assistance programs can include partial reimbursement of costs and information resources.

  • Columbia University
    • Adoption Assistance Program
      Eligible employees are entitled to a reimbursement of up to $5,000 per adoption for qualified expenses.
    • Adoption and Foster Care Information Resources
      The Office of Work-Life provides a list of websites containing information about adoption and foster care. Columbia University has no affiliation with these organizations; the links below are for information purposes only.
  • Cornell University
    • Adoption Assistance Program
      The Division of Human Resources reimburses eligible employees for qualified adoption expenses up to $5,000 per adoption ($6,000 for a child with special needs) and a maximum of three adoptions per family.
  • Dartmouth College
    • Adoption Reimbursement
      The College provides a reimbursement up to $5000 for fees associated with the cost of adopting a child.
    • Infertility Reimbursement
      Eligible employees may receive reimbursement for fees incurred as a result of infertility treatments or services. Maximum reimbursement per employee per 12-month period: $5,000.
  • Harvard University
    • Adoption Assistance Plan
      Administered by the University's Office of Work and Family, this plan provides as much as $5,000 to assist with adoption costs.
    • Resources in the Adoption Solution Center
      Harvard has contracted with the Wellness Corporation (known within the University as Harvard's Employee Assistance Program) to connect faculty and staff with a rich network of resources, including Adoption information.
  • Johns Hopkins University
    • Adoption Assistance
      This benefit, provided by Human Resources, covers eligible expenses for a single child adoption up to a maximum of $2,500 per family. For the simultaneous adoption of two children, the maximum reimbursement will be $5,000 per family.
  • MIT
    • Adoption Assistance Program
      MIT reimburses eligible employees for qualified adoption expenses up to $5,000 per finalized adoption, not to exceed a lifetime benefit of $20,000 per employee.
    • Adoptive Families at MIT
      A group whose meetings are a mix of general discussion about adoption issues; guest speakers; and special events (picnics/family gatherings). Anyone interested in adoption; those who are prospective adoptive parents; adoptees; and those that have adopted are welcome to attend.
  • Stanford University
    • Adoption Assistance Program
      Stanford University offers eligible employees adoption assistance that reimburses up to $10,000 per adoption for "qualified adoption expenses."

Affiliated Childcare Centers

Affiliated childcare centers may be on or off the university's campus grounds. They are often supported financially by the institution in some way, and faculty members can usually receive preference for their children attending, despite limited space.

  • Brown University
    • Child Care
      The 3 child care centers are located near campus and are licensed to serve children ages 6 weeks - 5 years old.
  • Columbia University
    • Affiliated Child Care Centers
      The 10, affiliated but independent, centers are located near the University's campuses, serve children ages 6 weeks - 5 years.
    • The School at Columbia
      An independent school for grades K-8 which offers admission to children in school districts 3 and 5 through a random lottery, as well as to the children of officers of Columbia University.
    • Affiliated Summer Programs
      4 Programs for grades kindergarten - high school.
  • Cornell University
    • Cornell Child Care Center
      The 1 center is located on campus and has space for 158 children (48 infants, 50 toddlers, and 60 preschool children), ages 6 weeks to 5 years.
    • Summer Camps
      Cornell Hosts 2 summer camps for infants - high schoolers.
  • Dartmouth College
    • Dartmouth College Child Care Center
      The Center, located near campus, can accommodate 86 children at any one time. There are 16 places for infants and toddlers (generally under 18-24 mos.), 10 two year-olds, 12 two to three year-olds, 30 three and four year-olds, and 18 five year-olds
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • MIT
  • Princeton University
    • Child Care at Princeton
      The University has 2 on-campus, affiliated centers: League Nursery School and University N.O.W. Day Nursery. Both schools receive support from the University, and University employees have priority for admission.
    • Summer Camp
      Campus Recreation runs two different summer camps. One age group is 6-10 year olds known as the Junior Camp, and the other age group is for 11-13 year olds, known as the Senior Camp.
  • Stanford University
    • On-Site Child Care
      There are 7 children's programs on the Stanford campus including an after school program and nursery school.
  • University of Pennsylvania
    • Penn's Children Center
      The University of Pennsylvania's child care center is for children ages three months to five years and is located on the University campus.
    • Snow Day Child Care
      Snow Day Child Care provides all day care for children of Penn faculty and staff members when the University is open but the Philadelphia schools are closed due to inclement weather. Children from 12 weeks to 12 years of age are eligible for the program
    • Camps & Recreation
      Listing of about 20 summer camps UPenn offers for school-aged children.

Babysitting Support

Babysitting support mostly refers to short term child care needs.  Often universities provide a list of local resources which parents can then contact or place an add with to find an appropriate child care provider.

  • Columbia University
    • In Home Care
      Gives advice on looking for an in home child care provider and gives links to the New York Magazine Family Guide and  Barnard Babysitting Agency.
  • Harvard University
    • Finding a Nanny
      Harvard University has a preferred vendor agreement with American Nanny Company to provide nanny placement services.
    • Find Occasional Babysitters
      List of resources including student employment and the child care bulletin board.
  • MIT
    • MIT Center for Work, Family, & Personal Life
      Contact the Center for Work, Family, and Personal Life for resources on recruitment, screening, and employment
    • MIT FamilyNet Babysitting exchange
      The babysitting group is specially for the couples who can babysit in exchange any other weekend. You can peek one week to go out with your partner and the next one you will have to babysit in your place somebody's child.
  • Stanford University
    • In Home Care
      Includes a "Babysitter List" or database of individuals as well as resources on babysitting and nanny care.
  • Yale University
    • Babysitting Service
      This service establishes a link between Yale faculty, staff and students to access babysitting services provided by Yale students.

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Support can range for information packets or listings to consultations.  It is typical that the support include multiple on-campus lactation rooms often with equipment supplied.

  • Brown University
    • Privacy Rooms
      Privacy rooms are temporary private spaces for nursing mothers. Resources include information on the policy and privacy room locations on campus.
  • Columbia University
    • Breastfeeding Support
      Information on the Breastfeeding Support Program, 8 oncampus lactation rooms, breastfeeding resources, and the Breastfeeding Advisory Committee.
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
    • Lactation Rooms
      Harvard has 20 lactation rooms across the University; this list includes the locations and a phone number, as well as information on support classes.
  • MIT
    • Breastfeeding Support
      A list of resources including information on 6 nursing mothers' rooms, MIT medical breastfeeding information and consultation, breastfeeding supplies and breast pump rental / purchase.
  • Yale University

Committees on the Status of Women

  • Columbia University
    • Commission on the Status of Women
      When it comes to faculty, this commission is charged with giving attention to the conditions and equality in recruitment; in hiring; promotion; and tenure procedures; in salary and fringe benefits for women; in opportunities for part-time and full-time appointments; and in membership on all department, school, and university-wide committees.
  • Harvard University
    • Committee on the Concerns of Women at Harvard (CCW)
      A University-wide group open to all female staff, administrators, faculty, students, and affiliates and jointly sponsored by the Office of Human Resources and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Founded in 1977, the group serves as a network for women throughout the University and as a forum for women's issues and concerns.
    • Joint Committee on the Status of Women (JCSW)
      JCSW was formed to facilitate and enhance the contribution of women at Harvard Medical and Dental Schools by expanding and improving our opportunities for advancement. The JCSW is comprised of both staff and faculty members
  • Johns Hopkins University
    • Committee on the Status of Women
      This committee will develop formal analysis and strategy for the University and its leaders about: the nature and seriousness of the obstacles to gender equity for women faculty, students and staff; the dimensions that need to be addressed to correct these obstacles; and the strategic approaches to be taken at the level of the University and the individual Divisions to accomplish necessary organizational change.
  • MIT
    • Council on Faculty Diversity
      The Council's charge is to address the status and under representation of women and minorities on the faculty, with a special emphasis on science and engineering.
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University
    • Yale Women Faculty Forum
      The Forum's mission is to foster gender equity throughout the university,; promote scholarship on gender and scholarship about and by women across all schools of the university; and to promote mentoring, collaboration, and networking.

Emergency / Back-Up Care

Universities typically contract with an outside agency to deliver this service.  The purpose of Emergency or Back-up Care is support faculty when the unexpected happens and they quickly need child care or elder care.  The agencies that are contracted often offer service 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, nationwide - this means a faculty member can request service for a loved one across the country or when traveling.  Universities will typically subsidize this service, leaving the faculty member to pay as little at $2 / hour.  Universities usually limit the number of hours a faculty member can use this service annually.

  • Brown University
    • Backup Care Benefit
      This benefit provides eligible employees with access to backup care when they experience a temporary breakdown in their normal care arrangements. Each eligible employee will be able to make arrangements for backup care up to 100 hours per a 12-month calendar year.
  • Columbia University
    • Back-Up Care
      Columbia University has contracted with Bright Horizons Family Solutions to provide access to 100 hours of back-up care per year.
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
    • Sick, Emergency, and Back-Up Care
      This program provides in-home sick, emergency or back-up care at a reduced cost for dependents of benefit-eligible faculty and staff. Because funds are limited, eligibility is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • MIT
    • Backup Child Care Referral Program
      MIT faculty, staff, and postdocs can receive care at home through Parents in a Pinch, Inc and can request up to 15 childcare and/or adult care referrals annually without being charged any registration or placement fees.
  • Princeton University
    • Backup Care Advantage Program
      Princeton University partners with Bright Horizons. Each benefits-eligible employee or graduate student will have 100 hours of subsidized care available for each calendar year.
  • Stanford University
    • Emergency and Back Up Care
      Administered through ACI Specialty Benefits, formerly Leverage Life.  ACI will refers employees to selected in-home agencies, centers and family child care homes that provide back-up child care.

Financial Assistance / Funding Resources

Financial assistance or funding resources include any grant or scholarship programs the university provides its faculty beyond the law-mandated flexible spending accounts (which give tax relief for money set aside and used for dependent care).

  • Brown University
    • DOF Faculty Travel Fund (FTF)
      The fund is available to voting members of the Brown faculty for assistance in meeting the costs of one professional trip during any academic year. The Traveler may be provided up to $850. Awards are made year-round as funds are available.
    • Dependent Care Travel Fund
      Eligible faculty may apply for awards of up to $750 per year to assist with expenses incurred in association with professional travel. Examples of expenses that may be supported include additional, above-the-ordinary, hours of care for dependents at home; contracting for childcare at a conference; or even travel costs incurred in taking a caregiver to a conference or on a short research trip. Awards are made year-round as funds are available.
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
    • Paying for Child Care
      Harvard employees are eligible for a flexible spending account, childcare scholarship programs,and ladder ACCESS program for income-eligible faculty parents of children under the age of six.
  • Johns Hopkins University
    • Dependent Care Voucher Program
      This program will pay eligible faculty and staff up to $5000 per year to help cover dependent care expenses. the program covers both children under the age of 6 and dependent adults.
  • MIT
    • Child Care Scholarship Programs
      MIT offers child care scholarships to MIT employees, postdoctoral associates and postdoctoral fellows who have a child or children enrolled in one of MIT's Technology Children's Centers.
  • Princeton University
    • Employee Child Care Assistance Program
      Provides assistance to eligible faculty and staff members to help meet the cost of child care for prekindergarten aged children; The maximum award for one eligible child is up to $5,000 per year; you may receive an additional $1,000 award for a second eligible child.
    • Dependent Care Travel Fund
      Dependent care assistance is available for professorial rank faculty members attending professional development events such as academic conferences. Up to a net (post-tax) maximum of $500 in funding per academic year.
    • Children's Educational Assistance
      After five years of service as a faculty member, this program provides an annual Tuition Grant equal to one-half of an unmarried child's undergraduate tuition, including mandatory educational fees, at an accredited two- or four-year institution, up to $11,360 (in 2006-07).
  • Stanford University
    • Child Care Subsidy Grant Program
      Provides a grant of up to $5,000 a year to qualified employees with children under ten years of age. The purpose of the grant is to assist Stanford faculty and staff in meeting the cost of child care.
    • Junior Faculty Child Care Assistance Program
      Designed to help junior faculty cope with the financial pressures they face while they are endeavoring to achieve tenure or continuing term. The program provides financial assistance for child care to families with children age 5 and under.
    • Junior Faculty Dependent Care Travel Grant Program
      A taxable grant for qualified dependent care expenses incurred when traveling to attend professional meetings, conferences, workshops and professional development opportunities, or to conduct approved research or scholarship. Up to a maximum of $500 post tax per year.
  • Yale University

Tenure Clock Extension

Tenure Clock Extension often gives a new parent an extra year to complete her work before coming up for tenure review.  The variables in these policies include automatic extension, for both women and men, as well as limits to the number of children and / or years the policy applies.

  • Brown University
    • Tenure Probation Extension Policy
      An untenured, tenure-track faculty member who becomes the parent of a child by birth or adoption during the probationary period for tenure is entitled to an extension of his or her contract by one year.
  • Columbia University
    • Stop the Tenure Clock of Non-tenured Faculty
      If they assume the primary responsibility for the care of a child less than a year old.  Faculty may have the tenure clock stopped in this manner for up to one year of appointment for each of two children.
    • Part-time Career Appointments for Parents
      To assist full-time officers of instruction who must prepare for a tenure review while raising a family, the University allows those who are subject to the limits on nontenured service and have young children to retain their full-time status.
  • Cornell University
    • Tenure Clock Extension
      For a primary or coequal parent of a newborn or during an adopted or foster child’s first year in the household, Cornell will provide, upon request, an automatic extension of the tenure clock for up to two semesters.
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
    • Tenure Clock Extension to Meet Child Care Needs
      Faculty who become a parent of a child will be granted an automatic extension of their current term appointment and of their tenure clock by one year for each child born or adopted.  This type of extension will be granted for up to two years.
  • MIT
    • Extension of Tenure Clock for Childbearing
      A woman who bears one or more children during her tenure probationary period will have that period extended by one year. Adoptive parents (both male and female) may request such an extension from the Provost. The Provost will grant the extension if special circumstances warrant it.
    • Parental Support
      A faculty member who wishes to spend the majority of his or her time on the care of and responsibility for a newborn child or a newly adopted child, will be released from teaching and administrative duties for one semester at full pay.
  • Princeton University
    •  Tenure Clock Extensions for New Parents
      An Assistant Professor who becomes the parent of a child by birth or adoption will automatically be granted a one-year extension of term by the Dean of the Faculty, upon notification by the Assistant Professor's department chair. The Assistant Professor's service may be extended by one year for each child, including twins and other multiple births or adoptions.
    • Workload Relief for New Parents
      Upon request, faculty members who have primary responsibility for the care of a newborn infant or newly-adopted pre-school child are granted one semester of full workload relief from classroom teaching and administrative committee work, or two semesters of half relief from such duties (at full pay) per child.  The faculty member must be the sole caregiver of the child for at least 20 hours between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Stanford University
    • New Parent Tenure Clock Extension
      A faculty member who becomes a parent, by birth or adoption, while holding a tenure-accruing appointment is entitled to a one-year extension of the date (under the seven year tenure clock) on which tenure would be conferred due to length of service for each birth or adoption event.
  • University of  Pennsylvania
    • Policy on Extension of the Probationary Periods that Apply to Granting of Tenure or Promotion to Associate Professor
      A non-tenured member of the standing faculty shall be eligible for a one year extension of the tenure probationary period, during which any of the following events occurred (the non-tenured faculty member must apply): 1. a child is born, adopted, or placed for foster care, into the faculty members household and the faculty member is the primary or co-equal parental caregiver
    • Faculty Leaves of Absence Reduction in Duties
      Members of the standing faculty, the research faculty and academic clinicians may request a reduction in duties for a period not to exceed six years. Such a reduction is granted only for whole years and requires Trustee approval. It will be granted for good and sufficient reason such as serious illness or injury, child care, elder care or service to the community.
    • Faculty Parental Policy: Active Service Modified duties
      A member of the standing faculty who is the primary caregiver of a child newly arrived in his/her home is entitled, without reduction in pay, to a reduction in teaching duties amounting to a 50% reduction in a given academic year.
  • Yale University
    • Extensions of Appointment
      Any full-time member of the ladder faculty who takes a Child Rearing Leave or who is granted relief from teaching for child rearing, or who bears a child or experiences any short-term medical disability as described in Section XXI.E of at least six weeks at any time of the year, may request a two-semester extension of his or her current appointment

Resources and Referrals

Filling the information need is done through clearly organized staff, websites, handouts, programs, and listservs.

  • Brown University
    • Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
      A benefit that is designed to help employees and their families in handle personal problems. Often referred to as an Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, this program provides confidential problem assessment and, in many cases, referral for a specific course of treatment.
  • Columbia University
    • School and Child Care Search Service
      The School and Child Care Search Service supports parents at Columbia University through school placement counseling, child care referrals, a searchable database of New York City area schools, and informational resources for finding child care and schooling.
  • Cornell University
    • Dependent Care Consultant and Referral Services
      Cornell staff, faculty, and students can seek consultative assistance from the Dependent Care Consultant in the Office of Workforce diversity and Inclusion, on resources for children with special needs, child care options, including drop-in care options for parents on work-related travel, locating informal child care options such as nannies and babysitters.
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
    • Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
      The employee assistance program of the Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Community Physicians. FASAP provides private and confidential services.
  • MIT
    • Child Care Information
      The Center for Work, Family, and Personal Life offers a comprehensive resource and referral program to assist those in the MIT community needing to find, or currently using, child care services for infants, preschoolers, and school-age children, including child care centers, family child care, nannies and babysitters, after-school programs, temporary care providers, and playgroups. The Center offers listings and guidance on the search and selection process.
    • Parenting Information
      The Center offers an internationally recognized program of services to support those in the community who are raising children, including biological and adoptive parents, step-parents, guardians, grandparents, extended family and kin, foster parents, or others responsible for children's care.
    • Schools
      The Center offers a wide range of resources for families seeking information about schools and education. Coordinated by Rae Simpson, Ph.D., Program Director for Parenting Education and Research
    • Summer Camps
      The Center offers a number of resources to help families locate summer camps and enrichment programs for their school-age children and teens.
  • Princeton University
    • Faculty & Staff Assistance Program
      Princeton University has contracted with the Carebridge Corporation to provide confidential assistance including issues and referrals for child care.  In addition, employees can access Carebridge's extensive online library of educational materials on a wide variety of topics.
    • Spring Break and Summer Camp Expo
      Each year, the Office of Human Resources hosts an Expo designed to bring together organizations that provide services for children during the spring and/or the summer break from school so that employees can learn more about the services offered by each organization.
    • Lotsa Helping Hands
      Provides faculty, staff, graduate students, and retirees with a no-cost, confidential web-based service during times of need to build a community, known as your own "circle of community." Employees or their family members can coordinate responsibilities; get assistance with organizing the activities of daily living; communicate with your family, friends and neighbors.
  • Stanford University
    • Child Care Resources
      Listings for NAEYC Accredited Programs, licensed child care programs, school age resources, in home child care, family child care programs, emergency and backup child care, adoption, and community resources.
  • University of Pennsylvania
    • Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
      PENN-Friends is an alliance between the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Friends Hospital to provide managed behavioral health care and EAP (Employee Assistance Program) services.
  • Yale University
    • Child Care Resource and Referral
      Schedule an appointment to meet with the Child Care Coordinator or attend an information session.
    • New Parent Packet
      The packet includes a gift for the child and information for parents about University services such as the Yale Babysitting Service, finding child care,  back-up child care, dependent care spending account for working parents,  as well as tips and advice on flexible work schedules.

Internal Research

  • Mary A. Carskadon, PhD, Director of Chronobiology and Sleep Research at Bradley Hospital
    Professor Carskadon studies the sleep patterns of young people. The lab's research focus includes circadian rhythms and puberty; the role of time-of-day preference on daytime sleepiness; influence of parental alcohol use history on the sleep and rhythms of young people; ADHD and sleep-enhanced learning; sleep loss and genetic predictors of depressed mood in college students.
  • Dr. Dennis Hogan
    Dr. Dennis Hogan of Brown University's Population Studies & Training Center is studying "parents' access to child care for school-age children with disabilities.
  • Brown University, Women & Infants Join National Children's Study
    The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has awarded Brown University a $14.1 million contract to join the National Children's Study, a landmark research project aimed at improving children's health. Brown will partner with Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and others to enroll 1,000 Providence County children in the study and follow them from before birth until age 21 to examine the effects of environmental influences on their health and well-being.
  • National Children's Study Expands to Bristol County, Mass
    The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has awarded Brown University a $12-million contract to expand its participation in the National Children's Study. Brown will partner with Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and others to enroll 1,000 families from Bristol County, Mass., in the study and follow them from before birth to age 21 to identify genetic and environmental factors that contribute to health disorders and conditions of childhood and adulthood. The researchers were awarded a $14.1-million contract for work in Providence County in October 2007.

External Research

  • University of Michigan Family Friendly Research
    Provides an overview of reports and articles, many of them online, related to family/work issues in higher education. Links and other resources regularly added, so please check back to see the latest resources.
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