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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Stanford Provides $21k Child Care Benefit to Junior Faculty

StanfordStanford has announced a new program to provide up to $21,000 per year in child-care reimbursement for junior faculty (including adjuncts) with family AGI of < $175,000.  From the press release:

In an effort to help junior faculty cope with the twin pressures of raising families and winning tenure, Stanford has developed a new program to provide financial assistance for childcare to families with children ages 5 and under. Provost John Etchemendy, who announced the Junior Faculty Child Care Assistance Program at Thursday's Faculty Senate meeting, said the seven years during which women are working toward tenure—a time when the university expects them to establish international reputations in their fields—coincides with the time when many of them are starting families. "This intersection of the biological clock and the tenure clock can place extraordinary pressures on young faculty, and I am convinced that it is at least one important reason the percentage of women in academia has remained stubbornly low," he said. ...

The new program was designed for junior faculty—men and women with spouses or same-sex domestic partners—in all faculty lines. ... Award amounts for one child age 5 and younger will range from $5,000 to $20,000. If a family has one or more additional age 5 and younger, the total award will be increased by $1,000.

(Hat Tip:  Chronicle of Higher Education.)

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