HR seeks input on options for dependent care services

The Office of Human Resources is exploring a variety of options for dependent care services for faculty, staff and students on the Pittsburgh campus and at the regional campuses. To better focus its efforts, HR is reaching out to the Pitt community for input through an online survey.

Members of the Pitt community can participate in the survey, which looks at interest in these services and what types of services are needed, through Dec. 18.

Conveying interest will allow HR to communicate with you quickly and directly as resources are made available. By completing the form, you are not committing to register or pay for services you are interested in, nor is the University obligated to provide these or other services. 

Some of the childcare services that are being considered include:

  • Proctoring center for children ages 6 to 12 years: This service would be available in Oakland for children of Pitt faculty, staff and students who are attending school remotely or are in a hybrid format due to COVID-19. Service would be available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with rigid drop-off and pick-up hours to support safety and health screenings. The cost would be approximately $5 per hour, with a minimum commitment of one day per week. Children would be required to bring all school equipment, materials and food. The center would have strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including masking and physical distancing requirements.
  • Back-up dependent care: This service would provide a defined amount of time per year (e.g., 16 hours) for care of Pitt faculty, staff and graduate student dependents. There would be a low co-payment for users of the service. They would use a tool to select and book a provider from a list of vetted and available providers. 

If you are interested in any of these services or other dependent care options, complete this form no later than Dec. 18, 2020. 

Those who want to connect to existing services and resources in the community should review the childcare resources page on the Office of Human Resources’ website. This page includes a link to a recording of a recent webinar about childcare resources as well as links to community resource websites.

If you have questions about these potential services or other childcare resources offered by the University of Pittsburgh, submit an inquiry to OHR.