Stanford extends child care financial assistance program to all full-time faculty

Under the Faculty Child Care Assistance Program, Stanford reimburses eligible faculty for child care expenses for children age 5 and younger. Applications are due Aug. 20 for current and continuing faculty, and Oct. 1 for newly eligible or newly hired faculty.

Starting Sept. 1, full-time Stanford faculty whose adjusted gross family income is $199,999 or less will be eligible for the Faculty Child Care Assistance Program, which provides reimbursements for child care costs for children age 5 and younger.

The program, which was established in 2007 for junior faculty, is now available to full, assistant and associate professors in the tenure-line, the non-tenure line, or the Medical Center Line who are not in "acting" status.

To qualify for the program, a faculty member's spouse or domestic partner must be working at least 30 hours a week, or be looking for work if married to or partnered with a newly hired faculty member, or be a full-time student or be disabled – and unable to work or care for a child.

A faculty member who is a single parent also is eligible for the program.

The awards range from $5,000 to $20,000 (based on adjusted gross family income) for families with one child who is 5 or younger. The total award increases by $1,000 for families with more than one child under 5. Reimbursement awards are issued in a separate payment on standard university pay dates, and are taxed as income.

Stanford established the program five years ago – with a salary cap of $174,999 – for junior faculty members, in an effort to help them cope with the twin pressures of raising families and winning tenure.

Provost John Etchemendy said Stanford was raising the salary cap to $199,999 to account for inflation.

"In many young people's eyes, the research and teaching pressures of an academic career are not conducive to raising a family, and this partially accounts for the scarcity of women in some academic fields," said Etchemendy.  "Expanding the child care assistance program is another step in ensuring that a faculty career at Stanford is a family-friendly career."

Applications for current and continuing faculty are due Aug. 20. Applications for newly eligible faculty – new hires since the previous deadline, faculty with newborn children or additional children, or faculty not eligible in a prior application period – are due Oct. 1. Awards made other than at the beginning of the fiscal year will be prorated to the nearest subsequent month. Applications must be submitted through the U.S. Postal Service.