Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the deadline's extension to Nov. 1.
An expansion of the university's child care voucher program announced in August means that more JHU families can get assistance in 2020 if they meet the income requirements and apply before Nov. 1.
Starting in January, vouchers of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 per family will be available to eligible full-time employees of the university. The amount of support is based on a family's adjusted gross income and number of children in care.
Employees who have a child under the age of 6 in care should review the guidelines and application materials on the HR website. Vouchers can now be used for child care centers or in-home care.
After the Nov. 1 deadline for vouchers and until the next enrollment period, applications will be accepted only from new employees and individuals who have a qualifying life event, such as a birth, adoption, or marriage.
The voucher program is also open to postdoctoral fellows, full-time doctoral or medical students, residents, and house staff. Those groups do not have a specific enrollment period, but people who apply after Jan. 1 will receive a prorated amount for that year.
In addition to the vouchers, the university has made a commitment to ensuring that JHU families who are accepted at one of the three centers that are Johns Hopkins partners—Homewood Early Learning Center, Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center, and the Weinberg Early Childhood Center—can attend regardless of their family's income. A new pool of scholarship funds will help families from all socioeconomic groups be part of those learning communities. Details are also on the HR website.