General Topics
Back-Up Child Care

Caregivers On Call

WorkLife recently announced the inauguration of a program to provide in-home, back-up childcare services for Yale faculty, staff, and students. This program is the realization of one of the childcare initiatives outlined in a message to the community in November of 2005 and reflects the invaluable input and advice of the WorkLife Subcommittee on Child Care, which was convened in March.

Caregivers On Call, an established provider of back-up child care since 1991, now provides eligible members of the Yale community with up to 40 hours of services per household per year at subsidized rates. These services are intended to assist parents in arranging care for their children when their usual caregivers are not available, e.g., because of center or school closings or caregiver illnesses. Caregivers On Call was selected to provide back-up services because of its nationwide network of caregivers, its depth of experience, and its excellent reputation.

The University will provide substantial subsidies to the program, which will allow Caregivers On Call to offer a sliding scale, hourly rate to parents ranging from
$7-15/hour, depending upon the parents’ Yale affiliation and income. Complete
details regarding the program and registration materials are available online at

For further information, please feel free to contact Yale’s Child Care Coordinator, Susan Abramson, at 203-432-8069 or