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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 Flexibility in Workplace. 

DePaul Parent Connection
Connecting DePaul faculty and staff to focus on issues related to parenting with opportunities to socialize, network and develop mentors. 

Little Gems International and Gems World Academy
Private Pre-School and K-8 Discount for DePaul University 

Children at Little GEMS International and Gems World Academy 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 10% 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. 

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Bright Horizons Back Up Care Advantage Program

Benefits eligible full-time and part-time faculty and staff have access to back-up care services for children or adults through this new program.  The service includes center-based and in-home care for children, and in-home care for adults.  Co-pays and limits do apply.

DePaul University's Program Overview and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Registration Webpage: 
Registration Phone:       877-BH-CARES (877-242-2737)

Program User Guides:
Child Care Center User Guide
In-Home Child Care User Guide
In-Home Adult Care User Guide 

For questions contact the Benefits Department or (312)362-8232.

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. 

  • Family and Care Giving: parenting, child and elder care, adoption and resources to search for a care giver/provider
  • Emotional Well-Being topics: personal growth, grief and loss, mental health, depression and addiction
  • Health and Wellness topics: infant/toddler, children’s and adult’s health, living healthy and health challenges
  • Working Smarter topics: supervisory, career development and transitions, workplace productivity, stress management and workplace safety
  • Daily Living topics: home improvement, moving, safety, pets, and travel

Find tools, resources and information at the ComPsych Online Web site.  For questions or to scheule an appointment (800)621-4124 Web ID: EAP4DPU

Adoption Assistance

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 

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. 
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