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From the Office of the Provost

April 26, 2011, Volume 57, No. 31

Backup Child Care Program

Provost Vincent Price and Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns are pleased to announce a pilot Backup Child Care Program for students and post-doctoral fellows, which will provide child care in emergencies and other unanticipated situations. A similar program already exists for Penn faculty and staff. 

“It is vitally important for us to implement supportive policies and programs for our students with children,” said Provost Price. “They are the academic leaders of the future, and they should not have to choose between pursuing their careers and caring for their families.”

The six-month pilot program will provide up to five days of in-home emergency child care, starting at $5 an hour for one or two children. Care is available day or evening, seven days a week, from Parents in a Pinch, an award-winning national company that provides the same service for Penn faculty and staff.  It is intended to help parents in such situations as a school vacation, daycare closure, child’s illness, or gap in regular child care arrangements. 

The program will be piloted for six months, beginning July 1, 2011. Students and post-doctoral fellows who are eligible for the program must first register with the Family Resource Center. 

“We are grateful for the hard work of GAPSA, the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, and the Family Resource Center,” noted Vice Provost Binns, “who have been wonderful partners in helping us bring this important resource to our graduate and post-doctoral communities.”

The Backup Child Care Program forms part of the University of Pennsylvania’s strong commitment to advancing work-life balance for all members of the Penn community. It complements such earlier initiatives for students with children as the Family Grant Program, Family Resource Center, student-parent mentoring program, and policies for dependent care leave. 

For more information about Penn’s resources for students with children, please visit: www.gsc.upenn.edu/kids/resources.php

Almanac - April 26, 2011, Volume 57, No. 31