Child and Elder Care
The University of Richmond is committed to providing a workplace that is sensitive to the needs of working parents. Listed below are the child care resources the University has in place.
Back-up Care for Sick Children and Snow Days
The University has contracted with Rainbow Station to provide full-time employees two types of emergency back-up care. Rainbow Station has a network of early education and school-age recreation facilities for children six weeks old through a child's 14th birthday with a strong focus on developmentally appropriate educational programming. Open from 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.
The Get Well Place
An infirmary for mildly ill children, The Get Well Place is unique to Rainbow Station and to the communities it serves. Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Snow Day Back-up Care
If your normal child care/school has closed due to snow, you may take your child to Rainbow Station.
The University will pay the registration fee for The Get Well Place and snow day back-up care. Employees are responsible for a $90.00 daily fee. The cost for essential personnel will be covered at 100% during inclement weather conditions. You must register your child and provide immunization records prior to utilizing this benefit. To register your child, you must complete the following forms:
- Rainbow Station Registration,
- Health and Immunizations, and
- Let Us Get to Know Your Preschool Child or Let Us Get to Know Your Village Child, depending on the age of the child.
Child Care Center Resources
There are many child care centers in the greater Richmond area. The links below can help you search for the suitable choice for your family:
- The Department of Social Services lets you search for licensed daycare centers and licensed in-home child care facilities. You can search for daycare options by name, location, and zip code.
- The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) allows you to check the accreditation of daycare centers.
If you are looking for short-term care or for a full-time nanny, the following resources will be very useful to you:
- The University's Student Activities office can provide you with a contact list of students that offer babysitting services.
- Sittercity.com offers a listing of full-time, part-time, after school, or occasional nannies and babysitters in your area. You can use your zip code as a criteria for searching for the perfect sitter to match your needs. Membership is offered at a free 7-day trial or is only $9.99 per month.
- Care.com offers a listing of nanies, babysitters, petsitters, au pairs and other services. Those interested would need to create a Log in to search for and contact caregivers and the site offers access to background checks and references.
The University is committed to providing a workplace that is sensitive to the needs of those caring for their aging parents. Listed below are some useful resources the University of Richmond has in place:
- Health Advocate can help benefit eligible employees, their spouses, dependents, parents, and parents-in-law navigate Medicare issues and assist with elder care. Call 1-866-695-8622.
- The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you and those in your household manage the stress of elder care issues. Call 1-800-345-5484.
- Sittercity offers a listing of full-time or part-time caretakers in your area. You can use your zip code as a criteria for searching for the perfect caretaker to match your needs. Membership is offered at a free 7-day trial or is only $9.99 per month.
- Care.com offers a listing of eldercare, special needs care and other services. Those interested would need to create a Log in to search for and contact caregivers and the site offers access to background checks and references.