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Princeton University
Office of the Dean of the Faculty

Family Friendly Policies and Programs for Princeton Faculty

March 2006; revised January 2012

PERSONAL ASSISTANCE AND WORK/LIFE PROGRAMS

Backup Care Advantage Programs for Family Members

Faculty members are eligible for the Backup Care Advantage Program when they experience temporary disruptions in their child, adult, and elder care-giving arrangements that would otherwise prevent them from fulfilling work or study obligations. The Backup Care Advantage Program provides up to 100 hours of subsidized backup care per calendar year. The care can be requested for anyone for whom the faculty member is responsible, including children, spouses and partners, parents and grandparents; the person for whom backup care is requested does not have to live with the faculty member. This program is managed by Bright Horizons, which has an exclusive network of licensed in-home and center-based care providers in all 50 states and Canada. The Backup Care Advantage Program is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for infants through the elderly. Because the University is underwriting the cost of this program, the co-pay is $4 an hour for in-home care (for up to three dependents) and $2 an hour per child for center-based care. For additional information, go to http://www.princeton.edu/hr/benefits/worklife/backup/.

Managing Work, Personal, and Family Life Issues

Princeton University contracts with Carebridge Corporation to provide help with managing work, personal, or family life issues at no charge to the faculty member. Through the Carebridge Employee Assistance Program (EAP), faculty members who would like help dealing with personal and family issues in areas such as interpersonal relationships, married life and parenting, grief and loss, finances, stress and depression, drug/alcohol abuse, are eligible for eight consultations with a Carebridge professional. The Carebridge Work/Life Program provides faculty members with unlimited assistance with and referrals about: childcare (see below for more details), eldercare, adoption, work/life balance, personal financial management. The services provided by Carebridge are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For additional information, go to http://www.princeton.edu/hr/benefits/worklife/carebridge/.

Organizing Assistance in Times of Need

Princeton University has contracted with Lotsa Helping Hands to provide a no-cost, confidential Web-based service during times of extended personal or family need to build a community, known as your own “circle of community.” You or your family members can: coordinate responsibilities, get assistance with organizing the activities of daily living, and communicate with your family, friends and neighbors. For more detailed information, go to http://www.princeton.edu/hr/benefits/worklife/lhh/.

NEW PARENTS

Health Care Coverage for Pregnancy and Childbirth

Each health care plan offered through Princeton University provides coverage for pregnancy and childbirth. Summary information about each health plan can be found at http://www.princeton.edu/hr/benefits/hlth/. Additional detailed information about levels and types of coverage can be found in the individual plan booklets.

Paid Leaves for Childbearing

Princeton offers paid temporary disability leave from four weeks before to six to eight weeks after birth (or more) based on medical certification that a faculty member is unable to perform her work. Faculty members are expected to take advantage of this benefit. A faculty member should notify her department chair about the expected delivery date and expected length of absence as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made for her absence during that period. The chair will notify the Dean of the Faculty. At the start of the absence due to pregnancy, the faculty member should ask her attending physician to complete a medical certificate that can be obtained from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty or on the web at http://www.princeton.edu/hr/benefits/benforms/tdapp.pdf. This certificate should be updated every three to four weeks during the disability.

Health Care Coverage and Related Matters for a New Child in the Family

When there is a new child in the family, the faculty member must contact the Office of Human Resources, 1 New South Building, (609) 258-3300, within 90 days following the child's birth or adoption to enroll the child in the faculty member's health care plan. (If the child is not enrolled during this initial period, no health care plan coverage is available until the following January 1; enrollment for coverage beginning January 1 occurs during the previous October-November Open Enrollment Period.)

When a new child joins the family, the faculty member may enroll in or change the amount of current deferrals to a Health Benefit Expense Account (HBEA) or Dependent Care Expense Account (DCEA). For more information, go to http://www.princeton.edu/hr/benefits/expacct/. In addition, the faculty member may purchase supplemental life insurance coverage, and current participants in the supplemental life insurance plan may change the amount and type of coverage and may elect to participate in the Child Voluntary Life Insurance Plan. For more information, go to http://www.princeton.edu/hr/benefits/life/.

Tenure Clock Extensions for New Parents

An Assistant Professor who becomes the parent of a child by birth or adoption will automatically be granted a one-year extension of term by the Dean of the Faculty, upon notification by the Assistant Professor's department chair. The Assistant Professor's service will be extended by one year for each child, including twins and other multiple births or adoptions. Extensions are available to (1) Assistant Professors in the first term, before the final year of that term; (2) Assistant Professors in the final year of the first term who have been reappointed to a second term; and (3) Assistant Professors in the second term, before the final year of that term. This applies to both men and women, and includes same-sex domestic partnerships which are recognized by the University. (For additional detail, go to APPOINTMENT AND ADVANCEMENT OF ASSISTANT PROFESSORS.)

Workload Relief for New Parents

Upon request, professorial faculty members and senior lecturers who have primary responsibility for the care of a newborn infant or newly-adopted pre-school child are granted one semester of full workload relief from classroom teaching and administrative committee work, or two semesters of half relief from such duties (at full pay) per child during the first year after the child joins the family. Workload relief is not a leave; the faculty member's responsibilities for research, student consultation, and graduate student advising remain unchanged, and they are expected to continue to be in residence during the period of workload relief. New faculty members who have an infant under one year of age or who have adopted a pre-school child within the past year are also eligible for workload relief during the first semester or first year of their Princeton appointment, depending on the child’s date of birth or adoption. The faculty member must be the sole caregiver of the child for at least 20 hours between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. A faculty member who wants to request workload relief as a new parent should inform his or her department chair in writing, describing his/her responsibility for the care of the child; this is normally done at least three months before the start of the workload relief. The department chair will notify the Dean of the Faculty.

CHILD CARE

(Revised May 7, 2013)

Employee Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP)

 

The ECCAP provides assistance to eligible faculty and staff with pre-kindergarten children to help them meet the cost of child care.  The awards are based on household income, and can be used to pay for a wide range of possible arrangements, from in-home care to licensed day care centers. The maximum award for one eligible child is $5,000; an additional $1,000 award is available for a second eligible child. Only one award is available per eligible family. For tax purposes, these awards are treated as additional income and may be subject to state and federal tax. For more information and to apply for an employee child care assistance award, go to http://www.princeton.edu/hr/benefits/worklife/eccap/.

Childcare Centers

The University has relationships with a number of nearby childcare centers.  These centers are described below, organized by the type of relationship that they have with the University.  There are several national accrediting agencies for childcare centers. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children - http://www.naeyc.org) is generally acknowledged to be the most rigorous of the accrediting systems and so centers that are accredited by NAEYC are listed separately.  For each of the childcare centers described below, it is noted whether the center is accredited by a national agency and, if so, which one.

University-affiliated Childcare Centers

The University-NOW Day Nursery (http://www.princetonol.com/local/unow/) is a not-for-profit child care facility located at 171 Broadmead on the Princeton campus. U-NOW Day Nursery provides a full-day program for children ages 12 weeks until kindergarten. The children of University faculty, staff, and students have priority for admission. U-NOW is NAEYC-accredited.

The University League Nursery School (http://www.ulns.org) is a not-for-profit child care facility located at 171 Broadmead on the Princeton campus. ULNS provides half-day and full-day programs for children ages 2.5 years until kindergarten. The children of University faculty, staff, and students have priority for admission. ULNS is NAEYC-accredited.

Childcare Centers with Discounts for University Faculty, Staff and Students

There are a number of local childcare centers that offer discounts for University faculty, staff and students. The list below is divided into those that are NAEYC-accredited and those that are not.

NAEYC-accredited:
Lakeview Child Center(http://www.lakeviewchildcenter.org/)operates seven full-day childcare centers for children from ages six weeks to six years. Part-day, partial week, and drop-in programs are also available. The children of University faculty, staff, and students are given priority access and a discount on the weekly tuition at all seven locations. All Lakeview Child Centers are NAEYC-accredited.

The Lawrence Day School (http://www.lawrencedayschool.com/) operates a full-day program for children from ages six weeks until kindergarten. Part-day, partial week, and drop-in programs are also available. The children of University faculty, staff, and students are given priority access and a discount on the monthly tuition. It is NAEYC-accredited.

Princeton Nursery School (http://www.princetonnurseryschool.org/) is an educational preschool and childcare facility for children ages 2½ through 5 years that provides discounts on the monthly tuition for Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Enrollment is on a space-available basis. It is NAEYC-accredited.

Other Childcare Centers:
The Harmony Schools(http://www.harmonyschools.com/ operates two full-day childcare centers, one in Princeton Forrestal Village and one in Robbinsville, for children ages six weeks through kindergarten and provides discounts on the monthly tuition for Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Enrollment is on a space-available basis. The Harmony Schools are accredited by NECPA (National Early Childhood Program Accreditation).

Village Learning Center (http://www.thevillagelearningcenter.com/)operates a full-day childcare center in Pennington, NJ for children ages six weeks through kindergarten and provides discounts on the monthly tuition for Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Enrollment is on a space-available basis. It is accredited by NAC (National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs).

Princeton Montessori School (http://www.princetonmontessori.org/) is an independent, coeducational day school for children from infant through eighth grade. It provides discounts for Princeton faculty, staff, and students on the academic year tuition for students enrolled in the Infant, Toddler, and Primary Program(8 weeks through kindergarten) and for the Summer Quest Program for children 18 months through those entering 4th grade. Upon acceptance by the School, University-affiliated families are given priority access to enroll. It is accredited by the American Montessori Society and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The YWCA Princeton operates a NJ State Licensed nursery school in Princeton, NJ for children ages 2.5 years through 6 and provides discounts on full-time monthly tuition for Princeton faculty, staff and students. Bilingual classes, for children whose first language is not English, are also available. Enrollment is on a space-available basis.

The Learning Experience operates several full-day (6:30am-6:30pm M-F) state licensed child care centers in the Princeton area for children ages six weeks through kindergarten and most of the centers provide discounts on the monthly tuition for Princeton faculty, staff and students. The Learning Experience centers also offer a summer camp program for children up to eight years old.  Enrollment is on a space-available basis. To find a Learning Experience center near you that provides discounts for Princeton faculty, staff and students, please call 877-844-9110.

Information about Other Childcare Options in the Princeton Area

 

Faculty members can call a Carebridge Corporation Child Care Specialist (1-800-437-0911) who will develop a personalized referral list and verify current rates, hours, and other information about area childcare centers. The Child Care Specialist can also advise faculty members about other child care options (e.g., hiring a nanny). Faculty members may also go to the Carebridge website: http://www.carebridge.com and enter the Princeton access code TW8AE for a complete list of accredited/registered child care providers in their area.

Emergency Backup Childcare

Dependent Care Travel Fund

Dependent care assistance is available for professorial rank faculty members and senior lecturers attending professional development events such as academic conferences. Awards from the fund may be used for dependent care at a conference or at an alternative location (including at home), and may include those expenses incurred in transporting a caregiver. Eligible members of the faculty may submit more than one request (and receive more than one grant) within a given academic year, up to a net (post-tax) maximum of $500 in funding per academic year. See Dependent Care Fund for Faculty for details about how to apply for a dependent care grant. Questions may be addressed to Associate Dean Sandra Johnson, sandyj@princeton.edu, (609) 258-5230.

Unpaid Parenting Leaves

Professorial rank faculty members of either sex who are parents are eligible for up to a year of unpaid parenting leave. Because the requirements of and options for such leaves are complex, a faculty member who wants to request an unpaid leave for childrearing should, as much in advance of the leave as possible, speak with his or her department chair, who will recommend the leave to the Dean of the Faculty. Individual arrangements for a parental leave, including the handling of courses, advising, and other faculty duties, should also be made directly with the department chair, who, when necessary, will consult with the Dean of the Faculty. Princeton University provides continuity of eligibility for health, life insurance, and other benefits during a leave of absence without pay. If you are paying a premium for any of these benefits, you will be billed by the University while on leave.

CHILDREN'S EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

After five years of service as a faculty member, this program provides an annual Tuition Grant equal to one-half of an unmarried child's undergraduate tuition, including mandatory educational fees, at an accredited two- or four-year institution, up to $13,840 (in 2011-12). The amount is increased annually. Tuition Grant disbursements are sent directly to the educational institution, and there is a limit of one Tuition Grant per year per child. Tuition Grants are available for up to four academic years (eight semesters, twelve trimesters or quarters) of undergraduate education. The terms do not have to be consecutive. Tuition Grants may not be used for graduate education. For additional information and to apply for a Tuition Grant, go to http://www.princeton.edu/hr/benefits/educ/child/.

PARTNER PLACEMENT

Special Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty

Department chairs may call on Professor of Psychology Joan Girgus (girgus@princeton.edu, (609) 258-5345), who serves as Special Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty, for assistance in partner placement in connection with the recruitment or retention of a faculty member.

New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NJ/EPA/DE HERC)

The New Jersey/Eastern PA/Delaware Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NJ/EPA/DE HERC) is a consortium of approximately 40 colleges and universities in New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware who sponsor a searchable database (http://www.njepadeherc.org) that lists all the jobs (faculty, administration, and staff) currently available on the approximately 40 campuses. Job hunters can enter descriptions of the jobs that would interest them, and the website will send them email when a job that matches a description appears. Couples can register linked descriptions and be notified when two positions matching their needs appear.

FACULTY HOUSING

Rental Housing

Princeton University owns and manages over 600 rental units, ranging in size from efficiency and studio apartments to four- and five- bedroom freestanding single family houses. All rental units are within a reasonable walking distance of campus and nearby shopping. The program is available to all University employees who work at least half-time. Rental units are allocated according to a system that grants higher priority to teaching faculty and senior administration. For additional information, contact the Faculty and Staff Housing Office, (609) 258-3125, which is located in the MacMillan Building.

Mortgage Plan

Full-time faculty with appointments of at least three years duration are eligible for the Standard Mortgage Loan Program which provides first mortgage loans at favorable interest rates and terms for the purpose of purchase of homes to be occupied as a single family principal residence by an eligible person and his/her family. Applications are considered for mortgage loans in an amount not to exceed ninety percent (90%) of the appraised value of the property or the purchase price, whichever is lower, up to the maximum loan allowable at the time application is made. Mortgages are granted for terms of up to forty (40) years. The interest rate for mortgage loans is 1.5% below the prevailing local commercial interest rate for residential mortgage loans. The property purchased must be located within a nine (9) mile radius of the University's central campus or within the official city limits of Trenton. Faculty who are interested in obtaining a mortgage through this program should contact the Office of Real Estate Finance, (609) 258-3123, for detailed information.

Additional Programs for Tenured Faculty

There are additional housing programs for tenured faculty. For information, contact the Office of Real Estate Finance, (609) 258-3123.