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Back-Up Child Care

Back-Up Child Care

WorkLife recently announced the inauguration of a program to provide in-home, back-up child-care services for Yale faculty, staff, and students. This program is the realization of one of the child-care 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 parents a sliding scale, hourly rate 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

There will also be Back-Up Child Care briefings on September 8 and 27.
To register, or for more information, go to
or call 2-5660.

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