Childcare & Dependent Care: Policies and Resources
At the U-M, we recognize that affordable, quality childcare is a must for working parents. We are proud to offer five different childcare centers, as well as sick-child services. The U-M also: offers leaves of absence for childcare; excludes time from the tenure clock for dependent care; and adheres to the Family Medical Leave Act.
The numbers in parentheses provide direct links to the applicable in the Standard Practice Guide (SPG).
Policies Specific to New Fathers and Adoptive Parents
(Mothers who give birth should see the section of this website on Childbirth Policies for policies that apply to them.)
Modification of Teaching Assignments (Modified Duties)*
If you are the father of a newly born child or the parent of a newly adopted child, you may request a period of time during which your teaching duties will be modified to allow you to adjust to this new set of life demands--with no reduction in salary. For example, an academic unit may relieve you from direct teaching responsibilities for a semester. To be eligible for a period of modified duties, you must meet the criteria described in the SPG. (SPG 201.93)
Excluding Time from the Tenure Clock Due to Dependent Care
As a faculty member who must help meet the demands of caring for dependents (e.g., children, ill or injured partners, or aging parents), you may ask for your tenure review to be postponed by a year. (SPG 201.92)
Policies and Resources Applicable To All New Parents
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The University supports leaves of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (please see the University Human Resources web page for more details), which are available to all faculty and staff members. When you meet the eligibility criteria, you are entitled to receive University contributions toward medical and dental premiums for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period. If you have questions or need further details, please visit the Work/Life Resource Center web page.
Leaves of Absence Without Salary
If you or your spouse or partner has given birth to or adopted a child under the age of six, you may request a leave of absence without salary for childcare. You may also request such leaves for other purposes (e.g., educational, government or public service and outside teaching, research, and scholarly activity). (SPG 201.30-1)
U-M Early Childhood Programs (gateway)
The University operates four University childcare centers:
- Towsley Children's House
- U-M Health System Child Care Center
- U-M Northwood Community Child Development Center
Kids Kare at Home
If you have sick children or need back-up emergency childcare (e.g., your regular child care is not available), you can contact a qualified child care provider through the Kids Kare at Home program, which is operated by the U-M’s Work/Life Resource Center. After calling, an assigned, trained caregiver will come to your home within 3-4 hours.
For more information, please see the Kids Kare website.