Family Support Services

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

In order to support our employees as they manage family and child care obligations, we have outlined several resources available to support those needs. For resources specific to student families, you can access the Student Family Services webpage.

Leave Programs to Support Families

We all have times when we need to put family responsibilities first. The UC offers various leave programs to accommodate family needs. If you need to take time off from work to care for a family member who needs your help—or because of a serious health condition of your own—then you may be eligible to take Family and Medical Leave (FML). FML can provide a respite from work obligations so you can focus on what you and your family need. The new Paid Leave Program announced in July 2020 for implementation in July 2021, will provide eight (8) weeks of paid leave at 70% of wages for UC faculty and staff who need time off to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child. In addition, new COVID-19 leave programs were implemented in 2020 to support COVID-19 related leave needs. The University of California Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, also granted a temporary exemption for academic appointees to accrue and utilize certain leave to support needs during COVID-19. You can contact your Leave of Absence Coordinator for consultation and guidance on various leave options available to staff employees.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employees needing additional support can utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP offers up to six (6) Assessment and Referral sessions per participant per problem per calendar year with our EAP provider. There is no charge for this service. The program is designed to deal with the broad range of human relations problems, such as alcohol or drug abuse, financial problems, emotional or behavioral disorders, family and marital discord, legal and other personal problems. The program is available to all faculty and staff employees of UCSC, and their family members. The EAP brochure provides a summary of the services available.

Bright Horizons Advantage Program

The Bright Horizons Advantage Program provides access to pre-screened care providers and services via Sittercity, Years Ahead, BrightStudy and Bright Horizons preferred enrollment. UC covers the cost of enrollment in the Advantage program and the employee pays the cost for any services utilized.

You can activate your membership in Bright Horizons Advantage here.

Lactation Rooms

UC Santa Cruz has several lactation rooms located across the campus. Employees can use the interactive map at https://maps.ucsc.edu/ and select “Lactation Rooms” from the menu on the left to identify the location nearest to them.

Enrichment Programs for Children

The campus offers several enrichment programs for children. COVID-19 has impacted the modality of these programs. Check with the program sponsors to learn about changes resulting from the pandemic.