Support for Emergency Care Needs

Whether you need a caregiver for children, aging family members or both, benefits are available through the Of­fice of Work, Life and Engagement for Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation and school of medicine employees. “Wherever you are in your career and life, your family matters to Johns Hopkins,” says Ian Reynolds, director of the Office of Work, Life and Engagement. “We know that the changing needs of your family may impact your career at some point, and that caregiving support can help ease the challenges so that you can continue to work.”

Learn about the following resources available to benefit-eligible employees.

In-home caregivers are available when you need temporary care for a child or aging family member—for example, if you have a gap in your family’s care arrangements or your child’s school is closed for a holiday. Benefit-eligible employees can receive up to 10 days of care per fiscal year at a subsidized rate.

The services are provided through, and usually a caregiver can be found for you within one or two hours. Caregivers for children are experienced providers who have received a criminal background check and are vetted on the U.S. Department of Justice national sex offender public website.

Johns Hopkins employees must first preregister by visiting family_support/backup_care/. You will receive an email from about enrolling, and then you can register online.

New Maryland Emergency Respite Care Program

Every family in Maryland is eligible to participate in this new benefit through the state that provides $225 per year for backup care in the event of an emergency. It can be used for aging parents, children, or family members with special needs, and the care can be provided by an agency, facility, neighbor or friend. The first time care is used it must be for an emergency, which means care is needed within 72 hours.  Preregistration for this service is strongly encouraged.

For more information, contact the Elizabeth Cooney Personnel Agency at 410-323-1700.

LOCATE: Child Care

Through a partnership with the Maryland Family Network’s LO­CATE: Child Care, employees have free access to programs and services such as child care by registered pro­viders and licensed group programs, full-day centers, school-age programs, private kindergartens and nursery schools, public pre-K programs, Head Start programs, summer programs and summer camps. The informa­tion and referral service also includes confidential, individual counseling, and child care needs assessment and matches with care providers who meet those needs.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Work, Life and Engagement at 443-997-7000 or [email protected].