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Supporting Your Family

At Rutgers University we hold a deep commitment to the well-being of our employees and the things that hold significance in their lives. In our ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive support, we offer non-state benefits tailored to assist caregivers. Below is information to support a healthy work/life balance for you and your family.

Caregiver Support Pilot Program through Care.com

Rutgers is pleased to launch a Caregiver Support Pilot Program through Care.com from September 1, 2022, through August 31, 2024. Care.com offers employees access to the world’s largest network of caregivers to meet all of your unexpected care needs, connecting you with caregivers for children and adults, and giving you the option of using your own personal caregiver. The program provides subsidized in-home and in-center care options from a network of vetted providers. Learn more by visiting the Caregiver Support Pilot Program website.

ChildCare and Development Centers
What is Childcare

Childcare encompasses a nurturing array of services aimed at fostering the holistic development of children, from their earliest days to their adolescent years. These services, including daycare, health initiatives, and educational support, form the cornerstone of childcare provision. In today's world, where the demands of work and family often intersect, finding a harmonious balance can be a daunting task for parents. Consequently, childcare has taken on profound significance, addressing the needs of both working families and their employers.

At Rutgers, we recognize the vital role childcare plays in supporting our community. Therefore, we are proud to offer a range of programs tailored to the needs of our employees and students, from early childhood through kindergarten. These programs are designed to provide a warm, holistic environment where children can thrive and grow, reflecting our commitment to their well-being and development.

Rutgers Psychology Child Development Centers

The Rutgers Psychology Child Development Center is comprised of 2 twelve-month Rutgers University preschools, sponsored and operated by the Psychology Department for children ages 1-5.

Rutgers–Livingston Day Care Center

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and staffed by highly qualified New Jersey certified teachers, the Rutgers–Livingston Day Care offers a full day care and education program for children age 2 – Kindergarten. Current Rutgers faculty, staff, and students are given first priority for enrollment and discounted tuition rates.

Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare Center

Rutgers Day School (RDS), nestled within the Rutgers UBHC Building in the heart of Piscataway, aims to embrace children facing significant challenges in their education journey. With a mission to offer a nurturing environment where educational and therapeutic services harmoniously come together.

KinderCare Education

In partnership with Rutgers University, the KinderCare Learning Centers offer on-site or near-campus childcare services for Rutgers employees. A 25% discount is offered to current Rutgers faculty and staff. Offer valid at participating centers only.

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development

Offering a 10 percent tuition discount to Rutgers faculty and staff. Offer valid at participating centers only. The school serves children from 6 weeks – 5 years old. A full-day academic kindergarten program is offered for 5 – 6 year olds. In the summer, a separate 11-week day camp program for 5 – 10 year olds is offered. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Learning Experience Childcare Centers

The Learning Experience Child-Care Centers offer educational and enrichment programs for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Centers offer technology, early reading, American Sign Language, before and after school programs. Nutritious lunch and snacks are provided (included in the tuition). A 10% discount is offered to current Rutgers faculty and staff. Offer valid at participating centers only. Enrichment programs and hot lunch programs vary according to location.

Lightbridge Academy

Lightbridge Academy offers a discount on all early learning programs to Rutgers faculty, staff, and students at all 10 locations throughout New Jersey. A 10 percent discount for preschool and kindergarten age children and a 5 percent discount for infants and toddlers are offered. The discount is applied effective the date that proof of employment or student status is shown to the center Director. The discount is based on what the employee or student pays. Summer camp for school age children and ParentView Internet Monitoring are available.

Additional Childcare Resources:
  • Childcare.gov – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, childcare.gov offers tools for parents such as assistance locating a child care provider, health and nutrition tips, and child safety guidance.
  • Childcare Aware – Childcare Aware is a non-profit organization that offers child care-related publications as well as assistance in locating a child care provider.
  • Kids.gov – Kids.gov is the official kid’s portal for the U.S. government. This site offers comprehensive educational information for both parents and children, and is broken down into various age groups from grades K through 8.
  • New Jersey Department of Children and Families – The NJDCF encompasses youth and family services, child behavioral health services, community partnerships, abuse/neglect hotline services, and child welfare training.
  • New Jersey Department of Human Services – The NJDHS offers resources relating to Children’s Services (childcare, education, health and development) and Working Families (government support programs).
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services – The Administration for Children and Families department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a library of information and assistance in all aspects of childcare.
Camps and Learning Opportunities at Rutgers

Rutgers offers a wide variety of learning opportunities for K-12 students designed to enhance college awareness, provide extracurricular enrichment and increase the academic preparedness of students currently attending elementary, middle, and high school. Visit precollege.rutgers.edu to learn more about this free and centralized online resource for K-12 students and their parents.

Family Leave Options

Rutgers offers many leave options to eligible employees to care for themselves and their families. Learn more by visiting our leaves of absence webpage.

State Health Benefits Wellness Program

The State Health Benefits Program rewards members and their cover spouses/partners for completing health and wellness activities through the NJWELL Program.

Eligible participants can earn points towards a prepaid reward card annually by completing activities during the program period each year.

In addition to the above, Rutgers maintains a comprehensive best in class benefits and wellness program to support the evolving needs of our faculty and staff as well as their families. Learn more about tuition remission, health benefits, discount programs, available leave options, and other wellness programs by visiting the UHR Benefits and Wellness website.

Eldercare
What is Eldercare?

Elder care consists of many different issues. Aging adults are faced with unique decisions and challenges, ranging from choosing the appropriate health care insurance and providers, choosing from an array of living arrangement choices, and understanding various retirement options and choices. Family members are often involved in assisting an elderly individual with these choices.

Where Can I go Online for Additional Information on Elder Care, Aging, Retirement, Etc.?

Below is a list of several websites that provide helpful information.