RIT recognizes the disruptive impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on families and caregivers and we acknowledge that this is a challenging time for many employees. We are pleased to provide the following resources to assist families in navigating this challenging time.
RIT encourages employees with these specific workplace challenges to work directly with their supervisor to make arrangements that meet the needs of employees and RIT. RIT offers a Flexible Work Arrangements program for regular employees as a means to facilitate a desirable and productive work environment that is responsive to the changing professional and personal needs of employees in addition to meeting the business needs of the university and supporting RIT’s sustainability initiatives.
For RIT faculty and staff, this peer support group may be helpful in connecting with other parents on campus to identify childcare options, parenting resources and peer support. There is a private Facebook group that interested parents can join. If you are interested in participating or assisting with coordinating this effort, please fill out this survey.
Margaret’s House is currently enrolling infants, toddlers, and preschoolers!
Margaret’s House Child Care Center has been supporting families with young children on our campus since 1972. Please visit the brand-new website https://www.rit.edu/margaretshouse/ to learn about their early childhood educators, comprehensive, research-based curriculum, and dynamic learning environment. Requests for information can be made online or through email at email@example.com
We know that caring for your family while you work can be a challenge, especially now. Whether it's keeping kids on track with distance learning, ensuring someone is watching the kids while you work from home, after-school care, or the responsibilty of aging parents, sometimes you need additional support.
RIT has a membership with care.com which provides unlimited access to Care.com to find caregivers, tutors, errand runners, senior caregivers, pet walkers and sitters, housecleaners, and more. A key feature of this service is that it provides resources for emergency backup care.
Register at rit.care.com to access these benefits. Please use your RIT University ID (UID) to register.
You can find your UID in Oracle Employee Self-Service at the link for My Personal Demographic and Contact Information or on the myRIT homepage after you have logged in (it will appear at the top right).
RSC self-service portal at help.rit.edu
Online Live Chat through the portal
RIT’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The EAP resource provides Work-Life specialists who will do the research for you, providing qualified referrals and customized resources for child and elder care, pet care, and home repair. The EAP also provides confidential counseling on topics related to job pressures, problems with children and stress, anxiety, and depression.
EAP Training - Coping with Pandemic Anxiety as Kids Return to School [pdf] is available through our EAP provider, GuidanceResources. Visit the Employee Assistance Program website for login guidance.
EAP Resource – COVID-19 Back to School Resource Guide [pdf] -This guidance from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics can help promote a safe and healthy return to school for students of all ages.
To access either of these resources visit: www.guidanceresources.com
Web ID: RITEAP
Local private and community-based resources
Rochester Childcare Council: provides professional Child Care Referral Specialists is available to assist families in their search for child care programs in Livingston, Monroe, and Wayne counties in the State of New York. Understanding the different types of child care programs can help you make the best child care choice for you and your child. They provide parents with a list of qualified providers that match their individual child care criteria. Parents using their service receive detailed information about types of child care, quality indicators, regulatory compliance, cost, and much more. All referral services are free and confidential.
On Rochester.kidsoutandabout.com parents can find a wealth of resources including The Ultimate Parent Survival Guide to 2020-2021. The guide features information on virtual learning resources and classes, local in-person learning resources for micro-schoolers, a parents-helping-parents community bulletin board and much more.
Care-a-lot of Henrietta is located right next to RIT’s campus at 395 John St. We serve children six week to 12 years of age. With the school year fast approaching we are here to help during these uncertain times. Care-a-lot is proud to offer full and part time options for families, as well as before and after school care. Children will be able to sign on to their remote learning at the center as well as get assistants on assignments from teachers. Buses from all Rush Henrietta schools are able to pick-up and drop-off students from the center for before and after care.
Current promotion- Ask about the RIT discount for new enrolling families.
Looking for a full day, five days a week Kindergarten or support on the three days that students are remote learning? School Day at the J will provide academic support to your K–12th grade student; offering academic support and structure along with enrichment opportunities and the social engagement.
The Strong National Museum of Play has launched the Strong School Club to help working parents in need of a safe, supervised space for their child’s remote learning.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester Inc. has introduced Y School of ROC, a way for students to continue their education in a safe, clean environment at the Y.
NOTE: As part of Rochester Institute of Technology employee benefit programs, you have access to certain resources which you may use to find care and other service providers meeting your unique needs and budget. You are solely responsible for the care/services you arrange, including the quality and the cost of the care/services, and for conducting any desired criminal records checks or other screening on any potential providers and use of these services is at your sole risk. Rochester Institute of Technology does not employ, recommend, endorse or screen any providers. Rochester Institute of Technology makes no representations or warranties about the quality of the care or other services provided by the providers or other third parties or about your interactions or dealings with any such parties.