Caring for Family
Family members with responsibilities for the care of children and/or adults can explore offerings that assist with: finding day care or elder care, financial assistance for adoption and financial related programs. Additional offerings may coordinate with these resources. See
Your Family Resources
Little Gems International – Child Care Discount for DePaul University
Children at Little GEMS International receive an early start on a world-class education in a structured and safe learning environment. GEMS Education has been the world’s foremost provider of private education for children from birth through grade 12 for over 50 years.
Program and Eligibility:
Eligible DePaul employees (faculty and staff) receive a 20% discount on tuition. Enrollment is based on space availability within each program. The discount program is offered to all active full-time and part-time employees who are benefits-eligible (eligible for the DePaul University health plans). Eligibility ends when no longer employed by DePaul University. Little GEMS International is located in Lincoln Park at 2301 N. Clark St. (corner of Clark and Belden) and offers a variety of programs.
For questions contact Julie Nuter, Associate Vice President for HR at 312-362-8086.
Leaves of Absence
Understand how a leave of absence and paid sick time may aid you. Review the Leaves of Absence Guidelines which provides details on availability, eligibility and duration. The guidelines also detail the coordination between applicable policies.
Family and Medical Leave Act
Eligible employees may be entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave under the FMLA for specified family and medical reasons, including: the employee's serious health condition, the serious health condition of an immediate family member (child, spouse, or parent), the birth and care of a child, or the placement of a child with an employee for adoption or foster care. See the Human Resources FMLA policy at the university’s policy and procedure Web site.
Sick Pay, Short and Long Term Disability
Certain employee protections exist against loss of income due to personal illness or disability. This policy coordinates with the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. See the Human Resources Sick Pay, Short and Long Term Disability policy at the university’s policy and procedure Web site.
Resources and Referral
Find a number of family work/life resources at the ComPsychOnline Web site. Use the search function to locate resources near you for child care, elder care, camps, pet care and volunteer opportunities.
Find tools, resources and information at the ComPsych Online Web site. For questions or to scheule an appointment (800)621-4124 Web ID: EAP4DPU
DePaul’s program is designed to assist full time faculty and staff members by reimbursing a portion of certain costs that may be incurred during the adoption process. Eligible expenses may include legal fees, court fees, agency/placement fees and medical expenses of the child prior to the adoption and temporary foster care fees. See the summary plan description for the Adoption Assistance Program and the Reimbursement Form.
Dependent care expenses can be reimbursed through pre-tax salary deductions by enrolling in the Dependent Care Flexible Savings Account. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, day-care centers, after school expenses, and nursery school expenses. See the summary plan description for the Flexible Spending Program.
Dependent Life Insurance
Dependent life insurance provides eligible faculty and staff with a benefit for the loss of a spouse or dependent. Details are found in the Optional Insurance Plan summary plan description.
Caregiver Resources for Veterans, Service Members and Their Families
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched several new and enhanced services to help family caregivers of seriously ill and injured Veterans. One of these new services is a toll-free line, the National Caregiver Support Line - 1-855-260-3274. This toll-free number connects to a referral center that assists caregivers, Veterans and others seeking caregiver information.