As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, child care remains a topic of concern for many, including those in the Case Western Reserve University community.
To alleviate some of those concerns, the university has extended the child care subsidy for the first six months of 2021 and expanded the on-campus child care by appointment option.
Child care subsidy
Before the fall semester began, the university offered several temporary options to assist employees with child care challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic created. University leaders engaged with representatives of the Faculty Parents group and the Staff Advisory Council to assess their impact and consider options for next year.
The most frequently used program last semester was the child care subsidy, and for this extended program, the subsidy will be increased to $800 (33% more than this semester) and cover care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade (two more grades than during this semester). The subsidy is available to benefits-eligible faculty teaching at least one course and full-time staff whose compensation was $100,000 or less.
Child care option
Additionally, the university is expanding its on-campus child care by appointment option from up to three hours to up to nine hours a day. Fees for this service will continue to be scaled by income:
- For those earning up to $50,000 a year, $4 an hour;
- For those earning between $50,001 and $99,999 a year, $7 an hour; and
- For those earning $100,000 or more, $10 an hour.