Northwestern Human Resources Office announced three new developments in family support for faculty and staff in a statement Thursday.
The University has expanded two caregiving initiatives, including increased funding and an extended program end date. It also launched a network program to increase the flexibility of child care services and provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Lesley Lundeen, NUHR welfare officer, said support for staff and faculty was particularly critical at a time as stressful as the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These new forms of support allow us to expand our existing offerings of work, personal life and wellness in ways that directly address the needs of our community,” Lundeen said.
Notably, the University has created the Sitters and Tutors Network – exclusive to the NU community – to help faculty, staff, and students with children hire child care providers.
Students with a netID can create profiles on a newly launched website. Those looking to hire a child care service can then filter by capacity and availability to hire the best suited staff. Parents have the option of requesting a background check.
While COVID-19 partially motivated the development of the program, it also complemented other childcare support programs offered by the University, the statement said.
“We hope this new network will help meet our community’s childcare and tutoring needs this summer and beyond, as well as provide flexible employment opportunities for undergraduates and undergraduates. graduate, ”said Manuel Cuevas-Trisán, vice president and director of human resources, in The version.
The office also redefined the qualifications for the Adoption Assistance Reimbursement Program which provides financial support for expenses ranging from adoption agency placement to attorney and court fees.
The reimbursement program can now apply to same-sex spouses and domestic partners as well as to “step-parent” adoption, the most common adoption option in the country. The University has also increased financial support from $ 5,000 to $ 6,000 for staff or faculty members who adopt children with special needs.
“Over the years, this program has helped so many of our families become parents,” Lundeen said in the release. “This expansion will make it accessible to even more faculty and staff as they build their families.” “
The University also announced an extension for caregivers to apply for the COVID-19 Temporary Care Grant, which provides one-time taxable grants of up to $ 1,500 to help those caring for dependents. The request is now due on August 27.
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