Carnegie Mellon University

Family Care Initiatives: Family and Dependent Care Benefits and Resources

Supported by a concierge service, the Family Care Initiatives program addresses needs related to family and dependent care. Find university-offered benefits, information about child care, and resources helpful to parents and families. For tailored information and guidance on dependent care topics, contact the family care concierge specialists.

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  • Tutoring Resources for Families [pdf]
  • Navigating Elementary School Options: Finding a Program That Works for Your Family [pdf] — Detailed information on school options in the Pittsburgh area, including factors to consider when comparing schools, regional school listings, and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program.
  • Concierge Service — Provides CMU faculty, staff and graduate students with information, support, guidance and education on all dependent care related topics.
  • CareLink — A network exclusive to members of the CMU community, you can use CareLink to both offer services and request help. Access CareLink to find assistance with child care, tutoring, pet care and household help.
  • Care for Business — Eligible employees and graduate students receive a free premium membership to Care.com, where they can search provider profiles or post jobs. The program also provides access to emergency backup care options at a subsidized rate. Specialists are available to help families looking to hire in-home caregivers. Also includes the LifeMart discount program.
  • Forming Care Shares [pdf] — Use services provided by the university to create a shared child care arrangement. 
  • Pre-College Programs — Rising high school juniors and seniors can apply for CMU's Pre-College programs, which aim to mirror the undergraduate experience at CMU.
  • Summer Camps [pdf] — Overview of topics related to summer camps for children.
  • Tuition Benefits — Benefits-eligible faculty and staff members can receive tuition remission or assistance for themselves and their dependent children. Courses may be taken at CMU or at another institution.
  • 529 Plans — A tax-advantaged account that can be used to pay for qualified education costs, including college, K-12 and apprenticeship programs.

View listings of virtual and in-person activities, enrichment and classes by age group:

  • Pennsylvania's Promise for Children — Tools to help your child learn and grow
  • Trying Together — Nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, community resources and professional growth opportunities for the needs and rights of children, their families and the individuals who interact with them
  • Fred Rogers Productions: Parent Resources — Topics and advice from The Mister Rogers Parenting Book
  • Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative — A group of organizations highlighting the importance of play, engaging in advocacy and hosting events
  • Zero to Three — Organization focused on children from birth to age three, with articles and information on a variety of parenting topics
  • Kidsburgh — Online community with articles, information, guides and resources for family-friendly events and activities in Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Parent — Magazine that covers topics related to family life, parenting, and events for children; with directories on child care programs and summer camps
  • Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library — Allows families to borrow toys at no cost and offers an indoor play space and art room
  • The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers — Early intervention service coordination for children with developmental concerns.
  • The PEAL Center — Resources for families of children with disabilities and special healthcare needs. 
  • Matilda H. Theiss Child Development Center — Through UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, this center offers support for early childhood mental health.
  • Allegheny Intermediate Unit — Provides special education and support services to local schools in addition to programming and education for families.
  • The Children's Institute — The leader in innovative and integrated health care, education, and social services for children and youth with special health care needs.
  • TEIS Early Intervention — Provides early intervention services for children ages 0–3, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, developmental therapy and/or nutrition services.
  • Care for Business — Eligible employees and graduate students receive a free premium membership to Care.com, where they can search provider profiles or post jobs. The program also provides access to emergency backup care options at a subsidized rate. Specialists are available to help families looking to hire in-home caregivers. Also includes the LifeMart discount program, which provides discounts on a variety of products and services including child care.
  • Concierge Service — Provides CMU faculty, staff and graduate students with information, support, guidance and education on all dependent care related topics.
  • Area Agency on Aging — Assists Allegheny County residents 60 years and older to live safe, healthy and, when possible, independent lives. Services include health insurance counseling, protection from abuse and neglect, senior community centers, support for parenting grandparents, transportation, services for older adults who wish to remain in their homes, advocacy for people receiving long term care, and caregiver support.

CMU-Provided Benefits and Resources

Family Care Concierge Service

The Family Care Concierge Service can answer questions and provide resources to help with a variety of dependent care related needs. They can help clarify questions about dependent care related benefits or find resources to help with dependent care issues such as child care, elder care and more.

Care for Business

Eligible employees and graduate students receive a free premium membership to Care.com, where they can search provider profiles or post jobs. The program also provides access to emergency backup care options at a subsidized rate to cover unexpected gaps in care for children and adults. Specialists are available to help families looking to hire in-home caregivers, which can make the process of hiring a caregiver much simpler. The program also includes the LifeMart discount program, which provides discounts on a variety of products and services including child care.

Lactation Support Program

There are several lactation rooms on and off campus for breastfeeding individuals to express milk. These spaces are open to students, staff, faculty and guests. Users may need to request access to the space and are responsible for following the guidelines for lactation room use. The university also provides lactation-related support resources including how to obtain a pump, how to address concerns, and where to go for additional support and guidance.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Carnegie Mellon's EAP can assist you in locating child care, summer camps, and elder care. The EAP also has many helpful resources for parents, from informational articles to interactive tools.

Financial Benefits

  • The Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) allows eligible employees to use pre-tax money to pay for qualifying dependent care expenses. The DCRA can save faculty/staff up to 25% on eligible child care expenses.
  • The Sliding Scale benefit provides a reduction in the Cyert Center’s tuition rate, taking into account your family income for the prior calendar year. Families must receive an offer of enrollment from the Cyert Center before applying for this benefit.

CareLink

Members of the Carnegie Mellon community in Pittsburgh can use CareLink to find caregivers or find a job. Use CareLink's network, which is exclusive to members of the CMU community, to find assistance with child care, tutoring, pet care and household help.