Faculty and staff may use Harvardís Emergency/Backup Care benefits when regular care isn't available:
- When the regular caregiver or stay-at-home spouse is ill or temporarily unavailable,
- Between child care arrangements,
- When regular day care center, school or after-school program is closed,
- To transition back into a regular work schedule when returning from leave,
- To accommodate changes in flexible work arrangements,
- Other situations where back-up care is required.
Care.com BackUpCare (formerly Parents in a Pinch, Inc.)
Harvard has contracted with Care.com BackUpCare, to provide backup in-home back-up care services. The service is available to benefits-eligible faculty, administrative and professional staff, support staff in HUCTW, non-bargaining-unit support staff, and postdoctoral fellows.
- You must pre-register for this service.
- The service dispatches a caregiver to your home.
- This service allows caregiver to stay with mildly ill children.
- Service is available for children of any age.
- You pay the caregiver ($15 per hour) directly.
- Service is available in greater Boston and in some U.S. cities.
Current Harvard employees may visit HARVie for more information and to register.
The SOURCE (Subsidy for Occasional, Unplanned, and Respite Care Expenses) Program helps faculty and staff pay for back-up care. (Formerly Just In Time Care)
- This program is open to benefits-eligible employees who earn less than $70,000 on an annualized basis (full-time equivalent).
- You must enroll for this service.
- You choose the care provider. You can use SOURCE funds in conjunction with Harvardís other back-up services or other care providers including a friend, neighbor or family member.
- The service reimburses you up to $350 per eligible employee per year.