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Northwestern offers a broad range of resources to support the work/life and family needs of faculty, as they pursue excellence in research and teaching. Highlighted below are key resources and policies.

For more information, download a Faculty Work/Life and Family Resources Brochure.

Taking care of your family

Family leave policies & benefits

Early childhood education, childcare and schools

  • Finding Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Schools Childcare resources, referral service, and links to local early childhood education and K-12 schools, and summer camps
  • Paying for Childcare: Dependent Care Financial Assistance
  • Backup & Drop-In Childcare – Center-based backup and drop-in childcare and reimbursement program for a sitter or center. Also use the reimbursement to pay a sitter to attend an on-campus meeting or conference outside of regular childcare hours.

Adult & Senior Care Program – Access to expert senior care advisors, on-site caregiver support, and subsidized back-up care.

Adoption Assistance Reimbursement – Reimbursement of qualified adoption-related expenses for eligible faculty.

Tuition Benefits for higher education – For faculty and their dependent children and spouses/civil union partners. 

Lactation Support Locations and request for access.

Well-being: Managing stress and living a more healthful life

  • Faculty Wellness Program – Assistance for full time faculty members who are experiencing difficulties in their professional or personal lives.
  • Employee Assistance Program – A program for faculty and staff that provides a network of services, including short term counseling.
  • YourLife Wellness Program – Variety of programs, services, discounts and resources to support your physical, financial and emotional well-being. 

Relocation resources for new faculty members

  • Relocation Resources – Information about the Evanston and Chicago areas, local housing options, real estate agents, movers and financial services.
  • Housing Forum – On-line listing for Northwestern faculty and staff members who seek or want to publicize available housing.
  • HERC – The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) includes job search postings, tools and resources to assist dual career couples with their job search.

Northwestern offers a broad range of resources to support the work/life and family needs of staff, as they support the mission of the University. Below are key resources, coordinated by the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources and other University partners. For more information, or to set up a one-on-one consultation, contact the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources.

Taking care of your family

Family leave policies and benefits

Early childhood education, childcare and schools

  • Finding Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Schools  Childcare resources, referral service, University-paid account with Care.com, and links to local early childhood education and K-12 schools, and summer camps
  • Paying for Childcare – Center-based fee assistance, Backup Care Reimbursement Program, Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Backup & Drop-In Childcare – Center based drop-in/back-up care and reimbursement program for a sitter or center. Also use the reimbursement to pay a sitter to attend an on-campus meeting or conference outside of regular childcare hours.

Senior & Adult Care Program – Access to expert senior care advisors, on-site caregiver support, and subsidized back-up care.

Adoption Assistance Reimbursement – Reimbursement of qualified adoption-related expenses for eligible staff.

Lactation Support – Locations and request for access.

Well-being: Managing stress and living a more healthful life

  • Employee Assistance Program – A program for faculty and staff that provides a network of services, including short term counseling.
  • YourLife Wellness Program – A variety of programs, services, discounts and resources to support your physical, financial and emotional well-being.
  • Relocation Resources – Information about the Evanston and Chicago areas, local housing options, real estate agents, movers and financial services.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements – Subject matter expert consultations, tips for employees & managers, and considerations for putting together a flexible work arrangement.

The Office of Work/Life & Family Resources, in partnership with The Graduate School and other University partners, offers a wide range of resources to support the needs of Northwestern students who are parents, as they navigate the competing demands of academic and family life. Please contact Lesley Lundeen, Family Resource Liaison, with questions about Northwestern benefits for students who are parents, as well as to set up a one-on-one consultation.

Additional information regarding accommodations and resources for pregnant and parenting students from the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office can be found on their website.

Taking care of your family 

Family leave policies and benefits

Early childhood education, childcare and schools

Lactation Support – Locations and request for access

Well-being: Managing stress and living a more healthful life

Additional TGS resources

Resources for international students

Northwestern offers a broad range of resources to support the work/life and family needs of postdoctoral fellows, as they pursue research excellence. Below are key resources, coordinated by the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources and other University partners. For more information, or to set up a one-on-one consultation, contact the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources.

Taking care of your family

Family leave policies and benefits

Early childhood education, childcare and schools

  • Finding Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Schools  Childcare resources, referral service, University-paid account with Care.com, and links to local early childhood education and K-12 schools, and summer camps
  • Paying for Childcare – Center-based fee assistance, Backup Care Reimbursement Program, Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Backup & Drop-In Childcare – Center based drop-in/back-up care and reimbursement program for a sitter or center. Also use the reimbursement to pay a sitter to attend an on-campus meeting or conference outside of regular childcare hours.

Senior & Adult Care Program – Access to expert senior care advisors, on-site caregiver support, and subsidized back-up care.

Adoption Assistance Reimbursement – Reimbursement of qualified adoption-related expenses for eligible staff.

Lactation Support – Locations and request for access.

Well-being: Managing stress and living a more healthful life

  • Employee Assistance Program – A program for faculty and staff that provides a network of services, including short term counseling.
  • YourLife Wellness Program – A variety of programs, services, discounts and resources to support your physical, financial and emotional well-being.

Relocation Resources – Information about the Evanston and Chicago areas, local housing options, real estate agents, movers and financial services.

Flexible Work Arrangements – Subject matter expert consultations, tips for employees & managers, and considerations for putting together a flexible work arrangement.