Emergency back-up child care services offered by Emory University

emergency careArranging for high quality and affordable child and dependent care is one of the biggest work/life challenges faced by Emory’s faculty and staff. That’s why Emory University is excited to announce that beginning January 1, 2016, benefits-eligible faculty and staff (along with students in the Laney Graduate School) will have access to Emergency Back-Up Care through a new partnership with Bright Horizons, a nationally known leader in child care.

What is Emergency Back-Up Care?
When you need to be at work, but experience an unexpected breakdown in your routine childcare or adult/elder care arrangement, Emergency Back-Up Care can help. This benefit gives you quick access to secure, temporary caregiving services.

  • Emory is subsidizing the cost of this benefit to make back-up care more affordable. The co-pay (cost to you) is $15 per child per day with a maximum of $25/family/day for center-based child care and $6/hour for in-home care (child or adult).
  • The benefit provides up to 10 days of Emergency Back-Up Care per calendar year and is limited to no more than 3 consecutive uses.
  • It can be used for family members of all ages, from infants through elders, including adults and children with special needs.
  • It is available nationwide.

When to use it
Emergency Back-Up Care will be available starting Jan. 1. It is only for those situations when your routine care unexpectedly breaks down such as an illness or a nanny/caregiver arrangement suddenly falls though. It cannot be used for anticipated care needs such as holidays, school breaks, or when your sitter takes a vacation. Learn more.

While Emergency Back-Up Care is only for emergency breakdowns in care, as part of this new benefit, you will also have free access to Sittercity, an online service that can help you manage anticipated (non-emergency) care and work-life needs. You will be able to locate and hire nannies, babysitters, house sitters, house cleaners, pet sitters, tutors, caregivers and much more.

How to use it
More details will be coming soon on how to access this new benefit. In December, the Emory WorkLife Resource Center is offering a series of in-person workshops and webinars to explain the benefit and how it works. Register to attend an overview workshop or webinar at http://www.worklife.emory.edu/childcare/news/EmergencyBack-UpCareiscomingJanuary1st.html.

Emory understands how challenging it can be to keep up with work and personal responsibilities. This
new benefit is another way Emory can help you successfully manage your work-life.

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