July 15, 2010

Vanderbilt Announces Backup Care Options for Faculty and Staff

The Vanderbilt Child and Family Center was established in 1983 and we continue to strive to meet the dependent care needs of the Vanderbilt community. We have grown from one child care site with 60 children age 2-5 to four sites serving more than 500 children from infants to age 5.

The Child and Family Center was established to provide faculty and staff information concerning school-age programs, tutorial services, summer camps and elder and adult care. A monthly series, Boomers, Elders, and More, showcases various speakers presenting topics that focus on meeting dependent care needs.

As part of our strategic plan, benchmarking was conducted and options for backup care were explored. Vanderbilt now offers two options for backup care that serve dependents of all ages — the Vanderbilt Sitter Service and Parents in a Pinch.

The Sitter Service is a great new resource for connecting faculty and staff who need sitter services with Vanderbilt students and employees who are interested in providing care for infants, preschoolers, school-age children and adults.

The service will allow clients to quickly access in-home sitters while allowing students and employees to earn extra income and enjoy providing care and companionship.

Parents in a Pinch services are offered to Vanderbilt benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Faculty and staff may use up to 20 days of child care and adult care combined each contract year. This service is available for infants, preschoolers, school-age chlidren, parents or yourself.

Both of these services will assist in providing evening, night, and weekend care or emergency care when needed.

Compare the two programs to choose the one that is right for your needs.