Babies and children take a lot of time, energy, and resources. The sooner you start to imagine your academic and personal life post-baby, the better off you will be. Understanding your needs may change, some initial questions include:
- Will you want to or be able to take off time to be with the baby?
- How much time will you be able to be with your child?
- What will the impact be to your academic program?
- Can a health leave of absence from your academic program assist you in the transition?
- What daycare options exist to help you juggle both academic expectations and care responsibilities?
If you are exploring the idea of taking a health leave of absence following the birth of your child, you should consult with Gannett Health Services.
If you are looking for childcare assistance, email Cornell’s Work/Life Consultant, Eileen McCoy Whang to set up a meeting. Eileen is available to talk with you on topics related to dependent care, such as locating providers, nannies and babysitters, parenting children with special needs, and more. In this meeting, you will discover your daycare options so that you are fully informed of what the landscape will look like as you create this new world for your child and you. Local daycare centers often have waiting lists, so it is important to meet with Eileen early.
The Cornell University Child Care Center, managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions, provides care to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of Cornell students, staff, and faculty. Part and full-time options are available. You may want to consider this as a viable option for you and your family.
The Cornell Family Helper List establishes a link, and addresses the need, for Cornell faculty, staff, retirees and students to access various life quality services. The list can be used only by current Cornell faculty, staff, retirees and students. A profile of all potential helpers is available on this site. Profiles include helper’s contact information, services offered, previous experience, and availability. Helpers are listed for the following services: babysitting, elder companionship, transportation, pet sitting, errands, house sitting, yard care, music lessons, tutoring, cleaning, and sports lessons.