Family Programs

six young children smilingWhether you’re having a baby, raising a child, or caring for an aging relative, we have resources for you, from lactation support, to adoption assistance, to help finding—and paying for—child care and eldercare.

Use the links below to find benefits and programs that fit your needs. And remember, our mySupport program can also help with a variety of issues, including finding child care or eldercare.

Be sure to also check out our LifeMart employee discount program. LifeMart offers discounts on select child care and eldercare services, as well as on other family-friendly services such as meal delivery.

Finding Child Care

Looking for quality child care in Maryland? Find options through our LOCATE: Child Care partnership and receive individual counseling to assess your child care needs and then be matched with available services. You’ll receive referrals to registered family child care providers and licensed group programs, as well as follow-up assistance until placement is found. LOCATE also provides materials on specialized child care options and services, federal income tax credits for families, and state financial assistance programs. Our Finding Child Care page also offers links to child care provider networks and services, some of which offer discounted rates to JHU employees.

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Backup Care

We’ve partnered with to provide 10 days of backup care per year at a reduced rate that’s based on your salary. prescreens qualified caregivers to help you find in-home backup emergency care for children and adults, or in-center backup care for children. You also receive a free premium membership, which allows you to perform self-directed searches for a variety of caregiving needs.

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Paying for Child Care

Your JHU benefits include two programs that can help offset the cost of child care: child care vouchers and dependent care flexible spending accounts. Our LifeMart employee discount program can also help cut your costs.

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JHU Child Care Center Partners

JHU partners with three high-quality Baltimore-area child care centers that give admission and wait list priority to JHU employees. We also have relationships with other quality centers that offer wait list priority to our employees.

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Choosing Quality Care

As a parent, you’re responsible for assessing and monitoring the quality of the child care you choose. It’s important—and sometimes stressful—but we’ve got resources that can help, including safety information offered through our partnership with

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Lactation Support

Locate and register to use mother’s rooms equipped with hospital-grade pumps and other comforts, get tips on successful breastfeeding after your return to work, and find manager resources, plus information on laws and JHU policies.

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Parental Leave

Parents can take paid time off using JHU’s birth-recovery leave and parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child younger than 12. For a mother, this can mean up to 10 weeks of paid leave after childbirth (fathers and adoptive parents can get up to four weeks of paid leave).

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Adoption Assistance

In addition to paid parental leave for parents adopting a child under the age of 12, we offer an Adoption Assistance Plan that can provide up to $15,000 toward eligible adoption costs.

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Aging Adult Services

We have a host of programs that can ease the challenges—emotional, financial, and practical—of caring for an aging adult. Some programs to be aware of:

Backup Care

Our backup care offering through can provide in-home backup care for an aging adult or companion and also personal care services such as transportation to medical appointments.

Consultation for Caregivers

Taking care of an adult family member can be very rewarding, but this role also comes with many challenges that most of us are unprepared for.  Whether caring for an aging parent or disabled partner or sibling, it can be difficult finding the resources you need to provide the best care for your loved one while managing your own stress. Uncovering options for care, deciphering program rules, and dealing with complex emotions can feel overwhelming in the midst of full-time work and other responsibilities. To support you in this role, you are eligible for free individualized consultations with a Lifespan Services Consultant who can assist you as you problem-solve, and refer you to caregiving resources.  To schedule an appointment, contact us at or 410-516-2000.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

If you have an elderly adult who is your dependent, you can make use of a dependent care FSA to set aside up to $5,000 in pre-tax dollars for qualified dependent care expenses that enable you, and your spouse (if you are married), to work or attend school full time.

Dependent Care Vouchers

Our Dependent Care Voucher Program can reimburse up to $5,000 per year to help cover the cost of dependent care for an adult dependent in need of care.

LifeMart Employee Discounts

In addition to discounts on time-saving conveniences such as food-delivery service, our LifeMart employee discount program can save you money on senior care and products, and other everyday needs.


JHU’s mySupport programs can help with many of the challenges surrounding caring for an aging adult—whether it’s finding housing, accessing resources for caregivers, or getting answers to legal and other questions.  mySupport can also help with the psychological stressors associated with caregiving by offering free, in-person counseling sessions.