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
Managing Work, Personal, and Family Life Issues
Organizing Assistance in Times of Need
Health Care Coverage for Pregnancy and Childbirth
Paid Leaves for Childbearing
Health Care Coverage and Related Matters for a New Child in the Family
Tenure Clock Extensions for New Parents
Workload Relief for New Parents
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/.
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.
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.
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.