Preparing for Childcare and Family Arrangements

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By Jaimie Hutchison
The WorkLife Office staff knows that this unprecedented experience will require preparation, thoughtfulness, and certain resources. We are working hard to support you in the best ways possible. To that goal, we have developed many resources on our website including this post about supporting your family during these trying times.

WorkLife is Here for You!

We know these are trying times and we are faced with new challenges.  We want you to know that WorkLife is here to support you!  We have some resources that have been established for many years like backup dependent care.  Yet, our current shared experience causes us to make sure to look at these services a little differently while adding new resources.  This blog post includes a brief overview.

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Family Care

Please understand that everything below may change and all sites have a potential for closure.  Alternatives including make your own arrangements with Care.com

  • Backup Childcare is currently available
    • Spaces are limited and filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
    • Currently available as space permits (may change)
  • Bailey Preschool & Childcare Center is currently open.
    • Keep in mind they may close if mandated by the government.
    • Currently available as space permits (may change)
  • Kennedy Care is currently open.
    • Keep in mind, that could change, too.
    • Currently available as space permits (may change)
    • 2020-03-18 Update from Kennedy Care: "[Kennedy Care has] put many precautions in place, including encouraging our care providers to report illness and stay home when sick. Additionally, we are doing our part in reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by taking into consideration the health of the child before accepting requests for back-up care. While we don’t anticipate these measures will have a dramatic effect on the care we provide, we are prepared to take additional action if necessary and will keep you informed every step along the way."

Our shared experience is rapidly changing.  Check the WorkLife Facebook page for the most up-to-date news.

Remember, MSU employees have access to Care.com to hire their own back-up care provider, which is not reimbursed currently, but does give parents and caregivers a way to find each other and have in-home care of their own choosing.  Visit https://worklife.msu.edu/family-care/care-com-services

Resources for things to do with kids at home, how to structure work/school time while everyone is at home, and other strategies are available on the WorkLife blog.  Visit https://worklife.msu.edu/blog/best-practices-working-home-children

UPDATES

2020-03-14 Spartan Child Development Center is closed until April 6, 2020

"To best support the health and safety of our community, Spartan Child Development Center will be closed from March 16 - April 3. We look forward to seeing our families again on April 6."

2020-03-14 MSU Child Development Laboratories is closed until April 6, 2020

"We are suspending children’s programming at the conclusion of today, reopening Monday, April 6, 2020. We will continue to keep you updated as new information comes to us. We appreciate your understanding."

2020-03-14 Eastminster Child Development Center is Closed through April 3, 2020

Work from Home

There is currently an increasedf need to implement remote work strategies, as we seek to reduce our in-person contact for a while, yet not fall out of touch or cease operations. The WorkLife Office has a great deal of experience addressing alternative work arrangements, including telecommuting, flexible scheduling, work-from-home or teleworking, etc.

Contact the WorkLife Team

We're all in this together and the WorkLife Team is here to support you.  Please don't hesitate to contact our office by phone or email.  We have set up arrangements so that our office phones forward to an appropriate outside phone line and we check our email frequently.  If you have any questions, contact a team member directly or send email to worklife@msu.edu