Stanford listed among Working Mother’s top companies

Stanford Public Safety Officer Israel Magallon and his family at the Rainbow School childcare center on campus.

Working Mother has named Stanford one of the nation’s 100 Best Companies. The magazine singled out the university for its commitment to innovative policies that support employees as they balance the demands of work and family life. Only three educational institutions made the grade this year. The others are Yale and Cornell.

The Working Mother website notes that Stanford has seven childcare centers that stay open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and care for about 1,000 children from 6 weeks old to 8 years old. It also notes that faculty members have the benefit of backup childcare at home or at area centers up to 10 times per year. Then there is the annual childcare subsidy worth up to $5,000 for income-eligible faculty and staff, or up to $20,000 for junior faculty members. It also mentions the Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP); the Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program (STRP), for employees in degree programs; and the Tuition Grant Program (TGP), for the college students of eligible employees.

“Our efforts to support families continues to be a central focus for the university,” said PHYLLIS STEWART PIRES, Stanford’s director of work-life strategy. “By providing work-life options for our faculty, staff and students, we achieve greater engagement, productivity and passion for the important work done here. As a working mother myself, I appreciate the tangible as well as emotional value of Stanford’s work-life programs for my family.”

Read more about this recognition in the University Human Resources Newsroom.