PHILADELPHIA â€“- The University of Pennsylvania has received the 2010 Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation Corporate Leadership Award.
The award recognizes Pennâ€™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,â€ť said Marie Witt, vice president for business services.
Business Services oversees the Childrenâ€™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:
â€˘ A backup-care program that gives eligible faculty and staff access to temporary in-home child and adult care on short notice.
â€˘ An adoption-assistance benefit that reimburses eligible faculty and staff for up to $5,000 in qualified adoption expenses.
â€˘ The expansion of the Penn Childrenâ€™s Center, which allowed for additional classrooms and expanded hours of operation.
â€˘ A new family-earning threshold at the Penn Childrenâ€™s Center that increased the number of faculty and staff eligible for subsidized child-care rates.
â€˘ 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 Pennâ€™s family-friendly programs is available at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/worklife.