I'm 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.

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Changing Your Benefits

Having a new child through birth or adoption is a qualifying life event that provides you a window to change your benefit selections without waiting for Open Enrollment. You have 31 days after your new child arrives to update your health plan, dental plan, and other core benefits. See New Child and Changes to Benefits.

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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 a parental leave of absence. If you are a staff member and have questions about leaves of absence, complete the online request form, email leaves@tufts.edu, or contact Tufts Support Services at 617-627-7000 (for staff). 

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Childcare Resources

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.

Care.com Child and Elder Care
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.

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Resources for Parents

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

Community Parenting Resources
Human Resources maintains 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.

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

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Possible Workplace Options

Alternative Work Arrangements
You may be interested in discussing alternative work arrangements, such as telecommuting, a compressed workweek, or other options with your supervisor.