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Becoming a Parent

Adding a new member to your family through birth or adoption is an exciting and busy time. There are so many things to think about, from changing your health coverage to planning for childcare. This list of information and resources can help you through this experience.

New Child & Changes to Benefits
Within 31 days after your new child arrives, you’ll want to update your health plan and other benefits.

Parental Leaves of Absence
As a new parent, you can take time off from work to care for your new child. Learn what types of leaves are available for new parents and how to request this type of leave.

Childcare Options

Quality, reliable childcare is important to all working parents. And yet, finding reliable care can be a challenge. That’s why Tufts offers many resources to help you find appropriate care for your infant, toddler, or school-age child.

Finding Childcare
Start here if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your childcare choices and don’t know where to begin.

Bright Horizons
Tufts contracts with Bright Horizons to offer faculty and staff priority access for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.

Tufts has contracted with Care.com to help you find reliable care providers for your child—or any member of your family. They also provide last-minute backup care.

Eliot-Pearson Children’s School
The Eliot-Pearson Children's School is a laboratory-demonstration school affiliated with the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. The Children's School is located on the Tufts University Medford/Somerville campus. It enrolls about 80 children from preschool to second grade.

Summer Programs for School-Age Children
Many Tufts-affiliated programs offer camps and other summer programs for school-aged children.

Health & Wellness Programs
Human Resources offers a variety of benefits that support a healthy lifestyle for your family and you.

Alternative Work Arrangements
As a parent, you may be interested in alternative work arrangements, such as telecommuting, a compressed workweek, or another type of schedule.

Lactation Rooms
Tufts provides policy information and offers lactation rooms on each campus for nursing mothers.

Community Parenting Resources
We’ve comprised a list of community resources for parents.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
Sometimes parents need extra help - whether it’s coping with stress, balancing home life with work, or childcare issues. Our EAP offers help finding childcare and provides counseling for any emotional, financial, or work-related problems that come up.