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Child Care Resources for SJSU Faculty

What childcare resources exist at SJSU?

Faculty and staff have access to Concern EAP which is a free referral service to help you find agencies that assist with prenatal planning, adoption, childcare, after-school and summer programs, specialized care for dependents with special needs, and college and financial aid planning.  For more details, see the Concern EAP website (http://www.concern-eap.com/Employees/ParentingandChildcareResources/tabid/81/language/en-US/Default.aspx).

You can use the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) (http://www.sjsu.edu/hr/faculty/flex_spending/dependent_care/) to put aside $5,000 a year before taxes for child care expenses.  This is reduced to $2500 a year if you are married and filing separately.  It can not be used if you have a stay-at-home spouse. 

The Associated Students has an on-campus day care for children ages 6 month through 6 years.  The Child Development Center serves students first and children of faculty and staff will be accepted on a space available basis.  More information and application material is given on the Associated Students' Child Development Center site (http://as.sjsu.edu/ascdc/index.jsp).

The Department of Child & Adolescent Development operates a campus laboratory preschool which accepts children from throughout the community. The preschool offers two different programs for children ages two through five years.  See the campus laboratory preschool (http://www.sjsu.edu/chad/Preschool/) for more details.

Where is a good source of parenting information and resources?

There are countless websites on parenting information and resources.  Here are just a couple of links.

Berkeley Parent's Network (http://parents.berkeley.edu/) is a parent-to-parent email network.  The website has thousands of pages of recommendations and advice contributed by members of the Berkeley Parents Network on parenting, childcare, etc.

Healthychildren.org is a site maintained by the American Association of Pediatrics that compiles information on parenting tips and children's health.

American Academy of Family Physicians also has a good site that has FAQs, parenting tips, and health and emotional well being advice.  Check out FamilyDoctor.org (http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/children.html)

How do I decide what kind of child care option is right for me?

Choosing the right child care option is a very personal decision.  Here are a couple of sites to help you explore the options and ask the right questions.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (http://www.nichd.nih.gov/) conducts and supports research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations.  It has sponsored key studies on the affects of various child care arrangements on children’s growth and development.  One of their major research studies, the “NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD): Findings for Children up to Age 4 1/2 Years”, compares various non-maternal child care arrangements and is summarized in a recent booklet available free from the Government Printing Office. The 62-page booklet describes the findings from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD). The NICHD started the SECCYD in 1991 to collect information about different non-maternal child care arrangements, about children and families who use these arrangements and those who do not, and child outcomes. This booklet explains the Study's findings for children from birth to age 4 1/2 years. Published 2006. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs_details.cfm?from=&pubs_id=5047

 “Child Care Resources: Deciding What Type of Care and Selecting the Caregiver” is a Cornell Cooperative Education Publication (http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/handle/1813/3906) that has 5 fact sheets: What is High-Quality Child Care? Visiting and Interviewing Center Center-Based Child Care Providers, Visiting and Interviewing Family Child Care Providers, Visiting and Interviewing School-Age Child Care Providers, Paying for Child Care

KidsHealth.org (http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/child_care.html) has a good list of steps to go through and questions to ask when looking for childcare.

MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childcare.html) has extensive information about assessing, paying for, and choosing child care, as well as links to current research on the effects of various types of child care.

How do I go about finding an actual child care provider?

Faculty and staff have access to Concern EAP which is a free referral service for childcare services.  For more details, see the Concern EAP website (http://www.concern-eap.com/Employees/ParentingandChildcareResources/tabid/81/language/en-US/Default.aspx).

ChildCare Smiles (http://www.childcaresmiles.com/) compiles local child care providers including preschools, kindergartens, daycare and educational centers. 

The Bay Area Parent magazine (http://bayareaparent.parenthood.com/) has advertisements for child care, schools, and camps.

Here are some sites that review local childcare options:

Yelp.com (http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=child+care&ns=1&find_loc=San+Jose%2C+CA)

Local.yahoo.com (http://local.yahoo.com/CA/San+Jose/Government+Community/Family+Services/Childcare+Services)

Laborfair (http://child-care.laborfair.com/)