This school year brings with it a new set of pandemic challenges for working families. Some are seeking options for managing remote learning, others are forming pods for sharing caregiving tasks, and many will find that plans may need to change as the fall progresses. The School Age and Educational Resources page of the university's HR website provides information and resources for Johns Hopkins employees navigating the needs of their school-age children.
Finding school-age care
- Care@Work. Eligible employees and students have access to a number of benefits through Care.com including a premium membership to Care.Com, 20 days of Backup Care, Expert Assistance, and Nanny/Care Share. Additionally, each of these options can be used for distance learning support.
- Komae. Komae is a cooperative child care app that helps families identify other families with whom to trade care at no cost. Families can also use this app to create learning pods or groups.
- MD COVIDsitters. This volunteer-based initiative organized by medical students and other volunteers provides support to health care workers and other essential workers with urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Y Academic Support Centers. The Y in Central Maryland is offering in-person academic support for virtual learners. There are more than 20 locations throughout Central Maryland, with more expected to be added. Johns Hopkins has reserved 50 slots at the Henderson-Hopkins location for Hopkins employees and students. Click here to apply for one of the spots.
Coppermine Enrichment Programs. Coppermine is offering enrichment programs that provide daily supervised hours for online learning and homework times as well as educational support.
Tutoring, e-Learning, and educational resources
Varsity Tutors. Johns Hopkins employees are eligible to save 20% on expert live instruction for students of all ages through Varsity Tutors.
School@Home by Nanny Network. The School@Home program offers two types of support for families: eLearning Aides and in-home Private Educators. eLearning Aides help keep your children organized with their schoolwork and on task with their daily assignments. Private Educators are in-home care providers who possess a strong teaching background and can provide an advanced level of academic support.
Additional resources, guides, and tips can be found on the School Age and Educational Resources page of the HR website.
Costs incurred through these programs may be eligible for reimbursement through the COVID-19 Caregiving Relief Fund. To learn more, contact the Benefits Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-516-2000.