Penn Recognized for Supporting Work/Life Balance

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422November 16, 2010

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania has received the 2010 Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation Corporate Leadership Award.

The award recognizes Penn’s dedication to supporting work-life balance and high-quality child care for both Penn families and the surrounding community.
               â€śPenn is honored to be recognized by the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation for our ongoing efforts to support the work/life needs of our faculty and staff,” said Marie Witt, vice president for business services.

Business Services oversees the Children’s Center at Penn and was instrumental in developing two off-site day-care center partnerships in West Philadelphia.

Committed to helping faculty and staff maintain a balance between work, study, personal goals and family responsibilities, the University rolled out a multi-phased, multi-year plan to expand its family-friendly agenda in 2006.

The comprehensive effort includes a variety of work-life balance programs and enhancements such as:

• A backup-care program that gives eligible faculty and staff access to temporary in-home child and adult care on short notice.

• An adoption-assistance benefit that reimburses eligible faculty and staff for up to $5,000 in qualified adoption expenses.

• The expansion of the Penn Children’s Center, which allowed for additional classrooms and expanded hours of operation.

• A new family-earning threshold at the Penn Children’s Center that increased the number of faculty and staff eligible for subsidized child-care rates.

• A partnership with two West Philadelphia child-care providers to help them improve their facilities and expand capacity for more children, including space for the children of Penn faculty, staff and students. 

 Additional information about Penn’s family-friendly programs is available at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/worklife.   

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