On Thursday March 25, the Senate will vote on a proposal to create a program to provide information on family care issues to the campus community. The estimated cost of this program is $80,000-$85,000. This program only provides information, not actual family care. Specifically it aims to provide "seminars on quality child care and elder care; professional consultations addressing family care needs, options, and resources; establishment of a family care website; and educational resources to facilitate informed child and elder care choices. "
UMD has been woefully behind its peer institutions in providing family care (child, elder) for its employees. This is a small step, perhaps in the right direction. I would like to hear from you if you think this is money well-spent.
The full proposal can be read here.