JHU's COVID-19 Caregiving Relief Fund, which has helped 600 staff, faculty, and students since it was created last year, has been extended through Nov. 30, 2021.
The CCRF was designed to specifically address school and child care closures and the increased cost of dependent care. More than $2 million in funds from the CCRF have been granted to employees and students in support of family caregiving needs that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CCRF was previously scheduled to sunset at the beginning of this academic year, but given the potential for school or caregiving interruptions associated with the delta variant of COVID-19, the CCRF has been extended. Employees and students enrolled in the CCRF benefit will have until Feb. 28, 2022, to submit expenses incurred prior to Nov. 30, 2021. All requests for reimbursement should be submitted to WEX.
A full range of expanded dependent care resources continue to be available to JHU employees and students throughout the year:
- Child Care Vouchers and Scholarships provide financial assistance based on your family's adjusted gross income. JHU's Child Care Voucher Program grants tax-free funds to help you pay for care for your pre-kindergarten children under the age of 6. JHU employees and students with children enrolled at one of JHU's three partner centers are also eligible for Child Care Scholarships.
- Care@Work provides 10 days of backup care per year at a subsidized rate that's based on your salary. This benefit helps to close gaps for emergency care in the event your regular care is unavailable; both in-home and in-center options are available. Additionally, you receive a free membership to perform self-directed searches for a variety of caregiving needs with a premium membership to care.com, as well as access to Expert Assistance and Nanny Share.
- mySupport provides access to free, 24/7, confidential emotional support and daily life assistance for all Johns Hopkins employees and their family members. mySupport can provide assistance with searching for caregivers, community programs, and emotional support for you and your family. Telephone and video options are available, and you also have access to up to five in-person or virtual visits with a counselor. Click here to learn more or call 443-997-7000.
Visit the Child Care page of the HR website to learn more about these and other dependent care resources available to JHU employees and students.
As the health situation evolves, JHU will continue to monitor the status of schools and child care facilities and to look for ways to support employees and students through this challenging time.