Parenting and Caregiving
There is perhaps no other issue that keeps families up at night than the health, safety and well-being of those in our care. Learn about resources available to employees of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System here.
Support for Families: JHU & JHHS Benefits
Johns Hopkins Medicine Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) educates high school students, their parents, and their teachers about the illness of depression. We aim to increase awareness and decrease stigma about mood disorders in young people to help them get the treatment they need. In this series of one minute videos, Dr. Karen Swartz and colleagues from the JHM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences speak to parents, caregivers and friends about how to recognize symptoms of depression in teens.
Learn more about Major Depression symptoms:
- Grand Rounds: Trends in Anxiety and Depression among Adolescents
- Mood Changes
- Physical Changes
- Self-Attitude Changes
- Severe Changes
Johns Hopkins Medicine Benefits for Caregiving
- Employees and students of the Johns Hopkins Enterprise can use LOCATE: Child Care Corporate Enhanced Referral Service which provides customized referral services and child care information.
- To request service, please complete the LOCATE: Child Care Johns Hopkins Registration Form, call 800.999.0120, or email [email protected].
- Once you’re registered, a referral specialist will contact you to provide individual counseling to assess your child care needs, and then match you with available services. You will receive referrals to registered family child care providers and licensed group programs in Maryland, as well as follow-up assistance until placement is found. LOCATE also provides materials on specialized child care options and services, federal income tax credits for families, and Maryland state financial assistance programs.
- Applied Physics Laboratory employees, please contact the APL Employee Assistance Program or the LOCATE Community Line Service at 877.261.0060.
Full-time Johns Hopkins Health System and University employees, fellows, residents, doctoral and medical students have a free premium membership to Care.com, the world’s largest network of caregivers for children and adults, and household helpers. You can post a job, search and filter the network, or request Expert Assistance to find the care you need.
Another benefit through Care.com is Backup Care, for when your regular care is not available. You can request in-home or in-center backup care for children, or in-home backup care for adults, so that you don’t have to take time off from work when the unexpected occurs.
Qualified employees are eligible for up to 10 days of discounted back up care each year. Create your account at johnshopkins.care.com using your JHED ID.
All Johns Hopkins Medicine employees and their household family members have free 24/7 access to confidential counseling and referral services for help with caregiving and stress at work or at home, and other challenges. JHEAP also provides personalized guidance to child care resources and referrals to licensed care inside and outside of MD.
Confidential services and resources include:
- Emotional support to help manage stress (at work or home), emotional distress, a difficult life transition or other challenges
- Referrals for child care and elder care, pet care and household services
- Consultations for legal and financial services
All Johns Hopkins employees can access JHEAP by the following:
- Phone: 888-978-1262
- Online: myccaonline.com, Company Code: JHEAP
- Mobile app: CCA@YourService | Access Code: JHEAP
Childcare Centers with Priority for Johns Hopkins Families
Several childcare centers offer admission and waitlist priority to Johns Hopkins families. Please note criteria for each center. Contact the centers directly to inquire about tours, applications, and waitlists.
The Homewood Early Learning Center, located at the corner of Wyman Park Drive and Remington Avenue, offers a nurturing, high-quality environment where children have the time and space to develop at their own pace. Downtown Baltimore Child Care operates the center, which accommodates children ages 10 weeks through preschool, and is open to all, including community members. Priority admission is available to Johns Hopkins parents whose primary campus is Homewood.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center, also operated by Downtown Baltimore Child Care, is a premier early learning facility whose teachers and staff believe all children deserve the best education from the earliest age. The product of years of planning by leading child advocates, the state-of-the-art Weinberg ECC, located near the East Baltimore campus, provides developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children using the latest evidence-based approaches to ensure children start school ready to learn. The center’s 12-month, full-day operation serves a diverse mixed-income community of children and families who live and/or work in the Eager Park neighborhood and beyond. Priority admission is available to Johns Hopkins parents whose primary campus is East Baltimore.
Located on the East Baltimore campus, the Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center enrolls children of full-time faculty and staff, full-time day students, house staff, and fellows of the Johns Hopkins University schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health; and full-time employees of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Health System, and Bayview Medical Center. The center is open to children ages 6 weeks through preschool for full-time care. The center is operated by Bright Horizons.
Downtown Baltimore Child Care provides early education and child care to a diverse community. Children of Johns Hopkins University employees receive preferential admission.
The Sherman Early Childhood Center offers priority placement for infants to five-year-old children of full-time Johns Hopkins University faculty, staff, and graduate students. Located behind the Weinberg Y on East 33rd Street in Waverly, the center is conveniently located near both the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses.
The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Child Care Center has 32 spaces for children 2 to 5 years of age. Priority is given to employees of Bayview Medical Center.
Resources for Eldercare
Our work at Johns Hopkins in hard. For our faculty and staff caring for older family members and loved ones, the work does not end at the end of shift. Caregiving can be both rewarding and stressful, and most caregivers experience demands on time, energy, and emotions.
Caregiving can take on many forms: buying groceries, cooking meals, assistance with personal care, dispensing medicine, managing and navigating healthcare, and providing companionship and emotional support.
We highlight the following resources to help support you.
- Johns Hopkins support programs
- Johns Hopkins research on eldercare
- Health articles on caregiving and eldercare
- External resources
Called to Care
Called to Care is a program from Johns Hopkins Bayview that prepares and supports individuals caring for loved ones with health-related needs or limitations.
Learn about research on aging through the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health.
- National Institute on Aging
- American Society on Aging
- National Council on the Aging
- Maryland Department of Aging
Resources for parents and families to help navigate school during the pandemic.
COVID-19 Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know
Have questions about the COVID vaccine for children? Hopkins experts answer questions posed by parents and caregivers about the vaccine for different aged children.
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