Information and supportive resources for parents and families working at UVM.
Leaves and Income Replacement
Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Employees are entitled to up to 12-weeks of unpaid, job and benefit-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons, including birth of a child. See Leaves and Time Off for complete policy details.
Parental Leave for Faculty
- Instructors, Lecturers and Research Associates may receive six weeks relief of duties for pregnancy or post-birth/adoption of a child.
- Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Professors, Senior Lecturers, and faculty members with at least four years out of the most recent six year period of bargaining unit service who become a parent are entitled to either a one semester paid leave, or, for faculty on 12 month appointments, a fifteen week paid leave.
- Full details at Agreement Between UVM And United Academics ( starting at the middle of page 115).
Short-Term Disability (STD) Income Replacement for Non-Represented Staff and Teamsters
STD is an income replacement insurance plan, which may be used for non-work related accident, illness, or pregnancy if the employee is unable to cotinue job duties. The benefit replaces wages up to 70% of the employee's current salary. Find more details at Voluntary Short-Term Disability.
Child Care Resources
Flexible Beneifts Plan
The UVM Flexible Benefits Plan allows employees use pre-taxed salary dollars to pay for dependant expenses including child care. For more information visit the Flexible Spending Accounts reference page.
Vermont Child Care LYNX
Child Care Resource
Trinity Children's Center
Trinity Children’s Center (TCC) is an independent, nonprofit program that, for more than 40 years, has offered high-quality early care and education for 3-5 year old children. The center takes pride in offering equitable access for families by intentionally including children with special needs as well as children from a broad range of socioeconomic and culturally diverse backgrounds. It is an approach that resonates with Our Common Ground values and one we are confident will benefit UVM families. As noted by TCC Executive Director Megan Godfrey, “the families of UVM have always held a special place in TCC hearts and in our classrooms."
- 27 preschool slots are reserved for UVM families for academic year 22/23.
- In academic year 23/24 there will be 42 preschool slots for UVM families (growing to 50 slots the following year!).
- Applications for the waitlist are due before March 1st for the following academic year (March 1, 2023 for the September 2023-June 2024 school year).
- All waitlist families are invited to a Family Information session in March followed by an individual tour shortly after.
- All families offered an enrollment spot will need to accept and commit to enroll by June 1st to secure an enrollment slot beginning the day following Labor Day.
- Families not offered enrollment for the upcoming year, may remain on the waitlist for the following year.
- All aspects of the admissions process will be handled exclusively by the Trinity Children’s Center, based on its established methodology.
Return to Work
Lactation Spaces & Support
UVM is proud to support breastfeeding and pumping in the workplace. The Lactation Resources on Campus page contains information including: (1) designated breastfeeding/pumping spaces on campus; (2) how to connect with parenting support group, the Lactation Liasons; (3) how to get a free breast pump and safety equipment when you participate in UVM's health insurance program. For more information visit the Lactation Resources webpage
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Immediate access to free, confidential counseling for a wide range of life issues for employees and their household members. Some employees may benefit from supportive counseling as they make transitions associated with welcoming a new child. Visit the Invest EAP Homepage for more information.
UVM Extention Family & Wellness
Additional resources through the UVM Extension, which works with local and state agencies to promote and support family wellness, and to strengthen family relationships and parenting skills through education and training. Information at UVM Extension Family and Wellness.
Cat Corps - Virtual Mentorship for K - 12 Students
Cat Corps is an equity-centered and virtual learning mentorship opportunity for K-12 students in UVM-affiliated families. Your child will be intentionally matched with an undergraduate mentor for weekly, hour-long virtual sessions focused on fun and relationship-building. This is different than your average tutoring program. While mentors will be able to help with assignments or projects, mentors and students will focus on discovering who they are as learners and how to be successful at it rather than actual class content! Please email email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information