Find Babysitters, Nannies, & Other Caregivers with Care.com
Cornell provides free, unlimited Care.com membership to help benefits-eligible employees locate and arrange care. Members are expected to screen care providers, conduct background checks, and follow other safety best practices. Those who post job ads tend to have better success finding a caregiver. Read this important guidance about child care during COVID-19 before arranging care.
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1. First, visit the HR website for details about the service.
2. Then head to http://cornell.care.com/ to create an account with your Cornell ID number (not your NetID, the number found on your ID badge).
3. Post a position and/or search the directory for caregivers.
Work/Life Consultation and Support:
If you are looking for assistance with child care arrangements, contact Cornell’s Work/Life Consultant Diane Bradac . She is available to talk with you on topics related to dependent care, such as locating providers, nannies and babysitters, parenting children with special needs, and more. Diane can help you explore childcare options so that you are fully informed of what the landscape will look like for your family and your child/ren. Call 607-255-1917 or email: email@example.com.
Cornell Child Care Center (CCCC):
The Cornell University Child Care Center, managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions, provides care to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years for Cornell faculty, staff and students. Visit the website for additional information or arrange to take a tour at https://child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com/ny/ithaca/cornell Note: it is unknown at this time whether the CCCC will be able to accept families that are not normally enrolled at the center for summer care. Please contact the CCCC to share information about your needs. 150 Pleasant Grove Rd, Ithaca, 607-255-1010, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Changes:
If you are enrolled in a DCFSA for 2020, and your child care needs have changed due to COVID-19 – either due to a change in provider or a change in projected expense – you may make a change in your DCFSA election, on a go-forward basis, within 60 days of that change in need. There is a special enrollment form needed, and if you cannot locate the form you received in the email to you dated April 28th, please contact the HR Services and Transition Center, email@example.com, 607-255-3936.
You may make a change in future contributions, again, once you return to your original child care needs/expenses. PLEASE BE AWARE: 2020 contributions to DCFSA may be used for expenses dated 1/1/2020-3/15/2021.
Cornell Work & Family Life Panel Discussion: Parenting and Child Care During COVID-19 (Video) - an hour-long panel discussion about what Cornell families are navigating, child development during this time, and what is known thus far about the future of child care and summer camps.
Guide to Hiring Informal Child Care Providers (babysitters)
Child Development Council of Tompkins & Cortland County - Information about Family & Group Family Child Care Programs
The Council has child care referral specialists that can help you explore options. There are many smaller family programs that can provide care for up to 6 children and group family programs that can provide care up to 12 children. Your search criteria (location, size, age of child/ren, cost, etc) will be used in order to conduct a search. Request a consultation by calling 607-273-0259.
Not in Tompkins County? There is a network of organizations called Child Care Resource and Referral who can provide more specifics about your location/county. Contact the Child Development Council to locate a program where you live.
Child Care Grants for Essential Employees
New York State is using a portion of CARES Act funding to provide free child care for income-eligible essential workers. Essential workers using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. If you are a parent who meets the definition of an essential employee and have child care needs, register here.
Child Care Idea: “Family Pods” & “Quaranteams”
A strategy some families are considering is entering into a “family pod” or “quaranteam” partnership with one or two other families, rotating who provides the care. Work/Life is collecting a list of families interested in this type of care. Please email Diane Bradac at firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest. We will notify you when a form is available for collecting additional details.
Strategies for Managing Time/Schedules
• Adjust your start/stop time (when you work) – use chunks of time that better align to your availability if possible
• Staff may use paid time off in small increments each day (possible for exempt employees as well) or half/full days as needed
• Staff may use New York State Paid Family Leave (NYSPFL) for care of children with disabilities, or to provide care to children with a serious health condition. NYSPFL can also be used to provide care to parents and spouses/domestic partners.
• Reduce your hours temporarily (subsequent reduction in pay)
• Discuss your work goals and priorities with your supervisor – some work projects/tasks may be better aligned to your current situation than others