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DePaul offers support for eligible employees who have caregiving responsibilities for children and/or adults.
Dependent care expenses can be reimbursed through pre-tax salary deductions by enrolling in the
Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account. Eligible expenses can be submitted for dependent children under the age of 13 or for a spouse or other adult dependent who is not able to take care of him or herself.
Benefits-eligible full-time and part-time faculty and staff have access to caregiving services through Bright Horizons, a nationally known and trusted organization that offers center-based and in-home care for children and adults. For an overview of the Bright Horizons benefit, watch this recorded webinar.
To register, visit the
Bright Horizons website or call (877) 242-2737. You can also download the Bright Horizons App in the
App Store or
Benefits-eligible full-time and part-time faculty and staff have access to back-up care services for children or adults through the
Bright Horizons Back-Up Care Advantage Program. The program includes center-based and in-home care for children and adults. Copays and limits do apply. Employees also have access to a comprehensive database of self-pay services including nannies and sitters for the evening and weekend care, plus elder care resources, pet sitters, homework help, and more.
*Beginning May 1, 2021, usual copays that apply to back-up care services provided by Bright Horizons are being waived. Benefits-eligible employees receive up to 15 days of back-up care per calendar year.
Also beginning May 1, the back-up care benefit can be used to reserve an experienced tutor to help 5- to 18-year-old children with homework or dedicated support in a specific subject. Each back-up care use can be exchanged for up to 4 hours of virtual tutoring. To learn more about the virtual tutoring offering,
watch a video and/or follow this
step-by-step guide about the reservation process. Note: Virtual Tutoring is not child-care and tutors are not considered caregivers or Bright Horizons personnel; a parent or guardian must be available to supervise during all virtual tutoring sessions.
Click here for answers to
frequently asked questions about back-up care. For additional information, review the following guides about Bright Horizons services:
For up-to-date information on back-up care and COVID-19, please visit www.brighthorizons.com/covid19.
*Note: The waiver of co-pays for Bright Horizons' services and addition of tutoring services are offered as a temporary benefit for 2021. These additional benefits are offered to make up for the period when Bright Horizons' services were more significantly affected by the pandemic. Service co-pays are expected to resume in 2022 and tutoring services are expected to cease.
Bright Horizons® Enhanced Family Supports offers primary child care solutions, academic support and tutoring as well as enrichment programs for children.
Additional benefits include resources to help find elder care, pet care, housekeeping, and more. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports.
DePaul's employee assistance program, offered by ComPsych® GuidanceResources®, offers resources and referral services for childcare and adult/elder care.
Children at Gems World Academy Chicago receive an early start on a world-class education in a structured and safe learning environment. GEMS Education has been the world’s foremost provider of private education for children from birth through grade 12 for over 50 years. Program and eligibility: Eligible DePaul employees (faculty and staff) receive a discount on Pre-K through Grade 12 tuition. Enrollment is based on space availability within each program. The discount program is offered to all active full-time and part-time employees who are benefits-eligible. Eligibility ends when no longer employed by DePaul University. For more information, visit the Gems World Academy Chicago website.