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Caregiving Support

​​​​DePaul offers support for eligible employees who have caregiving responsibilities for children and/or adults.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

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.

Bright Horizons

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 w​ebinar​.

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 Google Play.

Back-up Care

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​.

*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.

Enhanced Family Supports

Bright Horizons® Enhanced Family Supports offers primary child care solutions, academic support and tutoring as well as enrichment programs for children.

  • Jump ahead on Bright Horizons® center waitlists.
  • Access discounts on summer day camp at Steve & Kate’s Camp.
  • Receive waived membership fees ($150 value) for Sittercity’s database of sitters.
  • Get a discount on College Nannies, a high-touch nanny placement service.
  • Access before- and after-school programs from Right at School.
  • Get exclusive discounts on tutoring from high-quality education partners, including Sylvan Learning, Varsity Tutors, and Revolution Prep.
  • Access fun, creative, and educational options for your child, including Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Code Ninjas, and MarcoPolo — all with cost-saving discounts.

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​.​ 

Employee Assistance Program

DePaul's employee assistance program, offered by ComPsych® GuidanceResources®, offers resources and referral services for childcare and adult/elder care.

  • Find tools, resources, and information at the ComPsych website.
  • For questions or to schedule an appointment: (800) 621-4124, Web ID EAP4DPU

Gems World Academy Chicago

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.