At Rutgers University we hold a deep commitment to the well-being of our employees and the things that hold significance in their lives. In our ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive support, we offer non-state benefits tailored to assist caregivers. Below is information to support a healthy work/life balance for you and your family.
- Caregiver Support Pilot Program through Care.com
Rutgers is pleased to launch a Caregiver Support Pilot Program through Care.com from September 1, 2022, through August 31, 2024. Care.com offers employees access to the world’s largest network of caregivers to meet all of your unexpected care needs, connecting you with caregivers for children and adults, and giving you the option of using your own personal caregiver. The program provides subsidized in-home and in-center care options from a network of vetted providers. Learn more by visiting the Caregiver Support Pilot Program website.
- ChildCare and Development Centers
What is childcare?
The term childcare refers to any service that promotes the well-being of a child, ranging from infants to adolescents. Services such as day care, healthy living, and education are some of the main aspects of childcare. Working parents are often faced with difficult challenges when balancing career and family. As such, childcare has emerged as an important issue for both employees and employers.
The following are childcare, preschool, and kindergarten programs available to Rutgers employees and students.
Rutgers Psychology Child Development Centers
2 locations on Cook Campus (61 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Center for Childhood Nutrition Education and Research) and Douglass Campus (26 Nichol Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, Davison Hall, bottom floor) Visit the website
Offers full-time preschool for children ages 1 – 5; Monthly tuition includes full day-of care as well as meals and diapers/wipes/Pull-Up's for Nursery children. The center also offers a summer program for children 6 – 13 years of age.
An enriched educational experience for preschoolers with autism and their typical peers.
25% discount for employees and students. KinderCare provides nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks at no additional cost.
The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development – Piscataway
376 South Randolphville Road
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
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Offering a 10 percent tuition discount to Rutgers faculty and staff, the school serves children from 6 weeks – 5 years old. A full-day academic kindergarten program is offered for 5 – 6 year olds. In the summer, a separate 11-week day camp program for 5 – 10 year olds is offered. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Learning Experience Childcare Centers
The Learning Experience Child-Care Centers offer educational and enrichment programs for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Centers offer technology, early reading, American Sign Language, before and after school programs. Nutritious lunch and snacks are provided (included in the tuition). A 10% discount is offered to current Rutgers faculty and staff. Offer valid at participating centers only. Enrichment programs and hot lunch programs vary according to location. For additional information including a listing of participating centers call or visit the website.
Lightbridge Academy offers a discount on all early learning programs to Rutgers faculty, staff, and students at all 10 locations throughout New Jersey. A 10 percent discount for preschool and kindergarten age children and a 5 percent discount for infants and toddlers are offered. The discount is applied effective the date that proof of employment or student status is shown to the center Director. The discount is based on what the employee or student pays. Summer camp for school age children and ParentView Internet Monitoring are available. Hours are 7 a.m.– 6:30 p.m. with extended hours. Visit the website to view a virtual tour.
Rutgers–Livingston Day Care Center
49 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
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Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and staffed by highly qualified New Jersey certified teachers, the Rutgers–Livingston Day Care offers a full day care and education program for children age 2 – Kindergarten. Breakfast, lunch and snack are prepared on-site each day and served family style to all children at no additional cost to families. Current Rutgers faculty, staff, and students are given first priority for enrollment and discounted tuition rates. The center is open from 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round.
Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare Center
Rutgers Day School (RDS) is an out-of-district special education school located within the Rutgers UBHC Building in Piscataway. Learn more by visiting the UBHC Rutgers Day School website.
Additional Childcare Resources:
- Childcare.gov – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, childcare.gov offers tools for parents such as assistance locating a child care provider, health and nutrition tips, and child safety guidance.
- Childcare Aware – Childcare Aware is a non-profit organization that offers child care-related publications as well as assistance in locating a child care provider
- Kids.gov – Kids.gov is the official kid’s portal for the U.S. government. This site offers comprehensive educational information for both parents and children, and is broken down into various age groups from grades K through 8.
- New Jersey Department of Children and Families – The NJDCF encompasses youth and family services, child behavioral health services, community partnerships, abuse/neglect hotline services, and child welfare training.
- New Jersey Department of Human Services – The NJDHS offers resources relating to Children’s Services (childcare, education, health and development) and Working Families (government support programs).
- United States Department of Health and Human Services – The Administration for Children and Families department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a library of information and assistance in all aspects of childcare.
- Camps and Learning Opportunities at Rutgers
Rutgers offers a wide variety of learning opportunities for K-12 students designed to enhance college awareness, provide extracurricular enrichment and increase the academic preparedness of students currently attending elementary, middle, and high school. Visit precollege.rutgers.edu to learn more about this free and centralized online resource for K-12 students and their parents.
- Family Leave Options
Rutgers offers many leave options to eligible employees to care for themselves and their families. Learn more by visiting our leaves of absence webpage.
- State Health Benefits Wellness Program
The State Health Benefits Program rewards members and their cover spouses/partners for completing health and wellness activities through the NJWELL Program.
Eligible participants can earn points towards a prepaid reward card annually by completing activities during the program period each year.
In addition to the above, Rutgers maintains a comprehensive best in class benefits and wellness program to support the evolving needs of our faculty and staff as well as their families. Learn more about tuition remission, health benefits, discount programs, available leave options, and other wellness programs by visiting the UHR Benefits and Wellness website.
What is Eldercare?
Elder care consists of many different issues. Aging adults are faced with unique decisions and challenges, ranging from choosing the appropriate health care insurance and providers, choosing from an array of living arrangement choices, and understanding various retirement options and choices. Family members are often involved in assisting an elderly individual with these choices.
Where Can I go Online for Additional Information on Elder Care, Aging, Retirement, Etc.?
Below is a list of several websites that provide helpful information.
- AARP - Organization that offers members age 50+ a wealth of information, tools, and services.
- BenefitsCheckup.org - A service that assists older people to search for public and private local programs that provide assistant and services.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Federal organization responsible for overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
- Department of Veterans Affairs - Assists veterans with programs such as patient care and veteran benefits.
- Middlesex County Department of Human Services - Office on Aging - Offers a variety of services for Middlesex residents such as legal assistance, outreach, transportation services, and other support services.
- National Council on Aging - Offers programs, publications, and services to help older people remain healthy and independent.
- Senior Citizens' Resources - Provides valuable official information and services from the U.S. government concerning senior citizens resources.
- Social Security Administration - Government agency that provides programs and services involving retirement, disability, and survivor benefits to workers and their families and administers the Supplemental Social Security Income program.
- State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services - Administers programs designed to make it easier for seniors to get the help they need to support their well-being and to maintain themselves in the community.
- United States Administration on Aging - Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that develops affordable long-term care options and programs for elderly individuals.
- United States National Institute on Aging - Provides leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Offers many free informative publications.