NYU is enthusiastic about and committed to supporting members of the University community and their families with care needs and resources, including financial assistance. Benefits and services for eligible families include:
NYU is launching a new Child Care Fund program for eligible full-time faculty beginning in January 2019. The program will provide support to eligible faculty families with eligible children age four or under as of January 1, 2019.
New York-based full-time tenured, tenure-track, and continuing contract faculty who have an annual base salary of less than $120,000 may apply to receive an annual child care award of $3,500 for each eligible child. Those with an annual base salary of $120,000 and more may apply to receive an annual child care award of $2,000 for each eligible child. The maximum allowable amount will be provided to you on a pre-tax basis through monthly installments to a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account administered by WageWorks. (These awards are tax-free for the first child; in accordance with IRS regulations, some portions of the awards become taxable with two or more children.)
Applications to the Child Care Fund for Faculty program for the 2019 calendar year will be accepted starting August 13, 2018 through September 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. The Benefits Office will contact eligible faculty via email starting August 13 and throughout the application period with additional information and link to the online application. Review a summary of the program (PDF).
|Salary||Child Care Fund for Faculty||
January Lump Sum
$3,500 per eligible child
(up to $5,000 tax-free with 2+ children)
$2,000 per eligible child
(up to $2,600 tax-free with 2+ children)
Yes, as long as the relative is not your legal dependent, they have a valid social security or tax ID number, and you pay them. According to the IRS, "payments may be qualified child care expenses if the family member babysitting is not your dependent or your child under age 19 and you otherwise qualify to claim the child and dependent care credit.”
Yes, in instances where a family is expecting a new baby or have not yet enrolled in child care, they may still apply. Child care should begin no later than June 1 of the program year (2019). You should use the average cost of child care in your neighborhood as the anticipated cost of care for 2019.
Through Caregivers On Call, subsidized backup care in your or your dependent's home is available nationwide when eligible participants need to be at work and their usual child care is unavailable; their child or adult dependent is mildly ill; or their work schedule changes unexpectedly or includes conference attendance. Pre-registered full-time faculty, administrators, and professional research staff may use up to 50 hours of subsidized care per calendar year; the University pays 75% of the backup care cost, and the employee pays the remaining 25%. Pre-register your dependent(s) by reviewing the registration form (PDF) and completing and emailing pages 5-6 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line NYU Backup Care Registration - [First name, Last name]. Allow 24 hours for Caregivers on Call to process your registration.
Through Carebridge, the confidential, convenient, and no-cost employee assistance program, families in need of child and adult care may seek help and find referrals. For additional child and elder care information and referral support, click here to learn about the comprehensive services of Carebridge or click here to login to the Carebridge website using NYU member access code FTN59. Click here to view the elder care support and referrals offered through Health Advocate, an NYU benefit and the leading independent healthcare advocacy and assistance organization, or click here to view the Health Advocate website.
NYU is a top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace in the U.S., ranking 85th overall, and first in the education field by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Up to $5,000 (or up to $6,000 for a child with special needs) in eligible adoption expenses is reimbursable to full-time faculty, administrators, and professional research staff. To learn more about eligibility, expenses, reimbursement, and potential tax implications (please consult a tax advisor for specific guidance), click here (PDF). To access an application, click here (PDF). Submit questions and completed applications to LiveSmart at email@example.com. LiveSmart also welcomes NYU Adoption Assistance Program participant success stories to share with the NYU community.
Nursing mothers on campus have access to private, dedicated spaces to comfortably and conveniently express milk. Nursing mother rooms are available throughout our campuses and administrative buildings (closed Sundays). A valid NYU ID card must be presented for access. View the room listing and scheduling requirements for the NYU community.
To learn about the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act and the responsibilities of employees and their supervisors, review the University policy. If you have questions or need additional information, contact NYU PeopleLink.