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Get a Jump on Your Child Care Plans This Winter

November 22, 2011, Volume 58, No. 13

Bad weather can lead to a dependent care dilemma when your child has a snow day but you need to get to work. “Who’s going to watch my children? How do I meet my family’s needs and still meet the demands of my job?” Well, rest assured—Penn has plenty of dependent care resources to help you do both.

Beginning December 6, take advantage of the Snow Day Child Care Program in preparation for winter weather. You have access to all-day care for your children, ages 12 weeks to 12 years old, when Philadelphia County public schools close because of inclement weather but Penn is open. Even if your child attends school in another district, you can still use the Snow Day Child Care Program as long as Philadelphia public schools are closed. Care is provided by the Penn Children’s Center. Keep in mind you need to pre-register in order to participate in the program. Because space is limited, child care is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can also rely on Penn’s Backup Care Program if your child’s school closes because of inclement weather. You’re eligible for up to ten days of in-home backup child care per calendar year. Through a partnership with Parents in a Pinch, Inc., care is available for children up to 17 years in age who reside in your household.

For more information about the Snow Day Child Care and Backup Care Programs, visit the HR website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/worklife

—Division of Human Resources

Almanac - November 22, 2011, Volume 58, No. 13