What Services Are Available for Employees with Children?

It’s not easy juggling a career and being a parent. In honor of National Work and Family Month, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement highlights several resources that are available to families welcoming a baby into their life. These services are part of the benefits package available to employees of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians and Johns Hopkins Health Care. FASAP services are available to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center employees. Therefore, these services are no cost to you. Learn more about the programs and feel free to ask questions in the comments section below and a Lifespan Services Manager will get back to you.

1. Baby Shower for New and Expectant Parents (hopkinsworklife.org/baby-shower)

Learn about breastfeeding support, choosing quality child care, postpartum depression, car seat safety and other topics at the semi-annual baby shower for new and expectant parents. Learn about the variety of services to support you during this exciting life transition. The fall Baby Shower is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please register by Nov. 13.

2. Breastfeeding Support Program (hopkinsworklife.org/breastfeeding)

Johns Hopkins recognizes the positive benefits of breastfeeding for you and your child. The Breastfeeding Support Program is available to help make the transition easier so that you can breastfeed for as long as it is the best choice for you and your baby. Mother’s rooms with hospital-grade breast pumps are available on several campuses. Breastfeeding employees can also purchase breast pumps at discounted prices.

3. Adoption Assistance (hopkinsworklife.org/adoption-assistance)

Johns Hopkins reimburses some of the eligible expenses related to adopting a child. For more information, employees should contact their Benefits Services Office at 410-516-2000 (university employees) and 443-997-5200 (hospital and health system employees).

4. Child Care (hopkinsworklife.org/child-care)

As you plan for your child care needs, consider the resources Johns Hopkins provides:

  • Referral LOCATE Child Care Services, a program of the Maryland Family Network
  • Tuition discounts for local child care centers
  • Preferential admission for children of Johns Hopkins University faculty and staff at select local centers
  • Scholarship opportunities for school of medicine students whose children are enrolled at the Johns Hopkins Family Center (Bright Horizons)

5. Backup Care (hopkinsworklife.org/backup-care)

The Johns Hopkins Backup Care program is a partnership with Care.com. It is designed to provide in-home sick, emergency, or backup care at a reduced cost for dependents and adults of benefit-eligible employees. Registration is free and gives you peace of mind that you have a plan when emergency care is needed.

6. Parenting Resources (hopkinsworklife.org/parenting-resources)

Being a parent is one of life’s greatest rewards, but without an owner’s manual, raising children can also be challenging—especially when you work. We offer resources and programs to assist parents in meeting the demands that come with raising a family and having a career. Lunchtime workshops, webinars and online resources focus on child development, strategies to strengthen families, and achieving a good work-life fit. To receive a monthly calendar of workshops and events, email worklife@jhu.edu with “add me to the email list” in the subject line.

7. Dependent Care Voucher Program (hopkinsworklife.org/dependent-care-voucher)

The Johns Hopkins University Dependent Care Voucher program is designed to provide eligible faculty and staff up to $5,000 per year to help cover the cost of dependent care so that you can work. Eligible faculty and staff must have a net taxable income of less than $50,000 as reported to the IRS.

8. Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) (fasap.org)

Welcoming a baby puts extra stress on a family and FASAP is available to assist you in identifying strategies to ease the stress. FASAP is a professional counseling and life management resource that can assist you in identifying and managing challenging issues, in healthy ways. Services are free and confidential, and there is no limit to the number of times you may access services. Your immediate family members may also access FASAP services. 

For more information, visit hopkinsworklife.org. A new website is set to launch in November to help continue to grow their online resources. You may email worklife@jhu.edu or call 443-997-7000 to reach the Lifespan Services Manager who can assist you during this very exciting time.

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Anita October 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

a preapproved referral list of in-home and facility child care providers near the hospital.


Pamela October 9, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I would great if Work Life could put together a resource page or implement programs to assist parents of children with special needs. It is such a challenge for parents to know where to turn for help in these situations. Thank you.


Karen Salinas October 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Hi Pamela: we have talked about this in our office and do have some resources to offer. One I highly recommend is http://www.marylandlearninglinks.org. Maryland Learning Links is a partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education and Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education.

Can you think of workshop or webinar topics that would be helpful?


Pamela October 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Thanks Karen,
I think that one of the best ways to help parents of young children with special needs would be to let them know about some of the resources available to them. You could bring in representatives from Infants and Toddlers or other organizations that would address early intervention needs.

Karen Salinas October 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

Hi Pamela: I will suggest this to my colleagues. If we are able to schedule something it will be for the spring as our fall workshop schedule is set.

Thanks for the feedback.

Cynthia gause October 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Is the dependent care voucher program only for university employees or is this for health system employees as well.


Karen Salinas October 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Hi Cynthia: the Dependent Care Voucher program is only for university employees. I would suggest talking to your HR manager to see if any similar programs exist for health system employees. Best of luck.


Taseeta October 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

I work for Sibley Hospital John Hopkins Medicine in Washington,DC . I wanted to know if we are included in the programs that are offered above? You can also call my cell phone 2023670746. Thanks!


Karen Salinas October 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Hi Taseeta: at this time, Sibley Hospital employees are not eligible for any of our services. We hope in the future we will be able to serve you and your coworkers. You might talk with your HR manager about which programs were of most interest to you. Take care.


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