Caring for Your Family

Penn is committed to helping faculty and staff maintain a balance between work, personal goals, and family responsibilities. You can take advantage of a wealth of family-friendly programs to meet your everyday needs.

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Starting and Growing Your Family

  • Adoption Assistance helps ease the financial impact of bringing home a new child by providing reimbursement for up to $5,000 in eligible adoption expenses.
  • Flexible Work Options offer creative solutions for balancing work and family demands.
  • New Child Benefits give you access to a wealth of resources when you bring home a new child.
  • Lactation Support Program can help you make a smoother transition back to work when you're chest/breastfeeding your newborn.

Childcare Resources

Caregivers, Tutors, and Babysitters

Penn’s partnership with Care.com helps Penn faculty and staff search for and hire caregivers using this website: https://penn.care.com/. The Care.com team can also help you find and hire caregivers through a  personal assisted search. Call 855-781-1303 or log on at penn.care.com. The costs of finding care and a background check are covered by your Penn benefit; the hourly costs for care are covered by you.

On Campus and Local Childcare Centers

Proximity of childcare to work or your home can make your life easier. The Penn Children’s Center is for children ages three months to five years. The center is made available to all members of the University and surrounding communities, with preference given to staff, faculty and students of the University. Tuition for the center is offered at a discount for Penn faculty and staff and their families.

Other Penn-affiliated centers include:

In addition to these Penn affiliated centers, there are more than 5 other centers within 10 blocks of the University City Campus. To find other childcare centers close to your home or work, conduct a self-directed search using penn.care.com, or use a COMPASS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania childcare and early learning program search platform.

Childcare, Education Support (K-6), and Summer Camp

You can also use Care.com’s personal assisted search to help find a childcare center for pre-school-age children, a learning center to support school-age children who are learning remotely, or a summer camp. Call 855-781-1303.  

Childcare centers such as KinderCare (10% discount for Penn families), Bright Horizons, and YMCA, among others, offer childcare, school-age wrap around care, and summer camp options.

Please note that Penn does not endorse these centers, caregivers, or resources, nor does the University screen any services or caregivers that may be available through these resources. You and your family should screen any child-care centers, caregivers, and facilities for your children thoroughly. These services are being included for reference in this communication as a convenience, for the consideration of our staff and faculty. You should take time to screen and determine whether any resource is appropriate for you and your family, and to ensure your child’s development and safety.

Penn’s Backup Care Program

Penn’s Backup Care program offers benefits-eligible faculty and staff up to ten days of subsidized backup childcare (minimum four hours) per fiscal year through Care.com. Care can be offered in your home or in a childcare center, with some of the cost covered. To register, call 855-781-1303 or go online to the easy-to-use registration system at penn.care.com.

Adult and Elder care Resources

Penn’s Backup Care program offers benefits-eligible faculty and staff up Benefits-eligible faculty and staff members are allowed up to ten days of subsidized backup adult care per fiscal year.

Adult care is available for adults age 18 and older in your immediate or extended family, whether or not they live with you. Immediate or extended family includes your spouse/same-sex domestic partner as well as your or your spouse/partner’s parents, siblings, grandparents and adult children. Adult care services can be provided at the family member’s location, even if it’s in another city. Services include companion and/or personal care support such as meal preparation; light housekeeping; laundry; prompting for medication; and assistance with bathing, dressing, ambulation and other similar activities of daily living. Please keep in mind that these services are non-medical.

For detailed information on senior care, visit the  Senior Care Planning webpage.

Connect With Parents, Caregivers, and Resources in Your Community

Parents, co-op caregiving groups, and other members in the Penn community are connecting to work together to support childcare, find summer camps and other caregiving needs. 

  • Caregiver Connections is an online platform for Penn faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdocs who are also caregivers to build connections and find support in our local neighborhoods. You can find and build connections to Penn colleagues in your neighborhood who are also trying to address caregiving issues, including babysitting, tutoring, eldercare, and care for adults and children with special needs. Your PennKey and password is required. 
  • Parents@Penn Facebook Group is a community group for Penn staff, students, postdocs, faculty, alumni, and partners.
  • Komae is a cooperative childcare app, helping you to coordinate free, flexible childcare within a trusted network of other parents. 

Please note that Penn does not endorse Komae, any Nextdoor or Facebook groups, nor does the University screen any services or caregivers that may be available through these resources.  You and your family should screen any child-care centers, caregivers, and facilities for your children thoroughly. These services are being included for reference in this communication as a convenience, for the consideration of our staff and faculty. You should take time to screen and determine whether any resource is appropriate for you and your family, and to ensure your child’s development and safety. Use of Komae and their services are subject to Komae Terms of Use. 

Additional Resources

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Call 866-799-2329