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.

Dependent Care for Children and Elders

  • Backup Care provides alternative care arrangements for your dependents so you can go to work.
  • Penn's Children's Center provides child care support for children ages three months to five years.
  • Penn’s Summer Programs for Kids offer an array of summer activities for children and teens.
  • School Strike and Closing Guidance provides resources to help parents in the event of a school strike or closing
  • Snow Day Child Care is available when Philadelphia public schools close due to inclement weather (pre-enrollment required).
  • Personal Assisted Search, offered through, can help with a wide range of dependent care challenges, such as finding child care, school-age care, summer camp programs in your community, and/or elder care services to meet your family’s needs and preferences.

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.
  • Nursing Mothers Program can help you make a smoother transition back to work when you're nursing your newborn.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day gives girls and boys ages 9-15 an up-close and personal look at their parent/sponsor's workplace.