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Work/Life Family Resources / April 2019

April EAP Monthly Observance: Stress Awareness

Stress can manifest as anxiety, aggression, irritability, dependency, withdrawal, or depression. Regardless of the form it takes, stress can result in reduced productivity, absenteeism, employee burnout, turnover, and increased medical expenses. Learn ways to help decrease your stress by visiting the Northwestern EAP website. (login: northwestern, password: eap)
Northwestern faculty, staff and household members also have access to free and confidential short-term counseling via the EAP. Call (885) 547-1851 to learn more.

Neighborhood Parents' Network - Connecting Chicago Parents

Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) is a non-profit 501(c)3 that connects a diverse community of families with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city. Expectant, new and seasoned parents come to NPN to find what they need to tackle the everyday challenges of being a Chicago parent. Whether online or in person, NPN makes it easy to find support, must-have information and amazing city events. NPN has been connecting Chicago parents for more than 36 years!

NPN has increased their membership discount from $10 to $15 off their $55 annual membership fee to Northwestern faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students. Learn more about NPN's Northwestern discount.

School Visitation

Staff members may take school visitation time off from work to visit their child's school for conferences or classroom activities for a total of eight hours in a school year, but no more than four hours on any given day. You must request this time off in advance and may be required to provide documentation regarding the need to take time off. Supervisors or departments/units may allow additional time depending on departmental/unit operations.

Vacation and/or personal floating holiday time may be used, if available, for school visitation. If no paid vacation or personal floating holiday time is available for a non-exempt staff member, an unpaid excused absence may be used for the school visits.

Senior and Adult Care - Onsite Caregiver Support Program

Register for the Senior and Adult Caregivers' Group or a 1:1 Consultation with Stephanie Gerberding, LCSW, from

Caregiver Support Group

  • RSVP for April 10, Noon - 1 p.m., Evanston - Norris Center Chicago Room

1:1 Consultations

  • RSVP for April 11, 11 a.m. - Noon, Chicago - Abbott Hall, Human Resources Office
  • RSVP for April 11,  2 - 3 p.m., Chicago - Abbott Hall, Human Resources Office