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Becoming a Parent

Resources for Prospective & New Parents

Review UW web pages describing childcare options and resources.
UW CareLink
UW CareLink is the University’s faculty and staff assistance program. It provides in-person assessment and short-term confidential counseling for issues that cause concern, including relationships, family and parenting, finances, etc. This free, confidential service provides up to five sessions/issue.
Payroll Deductions
Review your automatic payroll deductions such as Combined Fund Drive, Husky Card Account, UPASS or parking, VIP, etc., to determine whether to continue them during your time away from work. You can review payroll deductions online in Employee Self-Service (ESS).
Lactation Stations
If you are a breast-feeding mother and attending school or working at the UW, you'll be glad to know about the many on-site lactation stations.
Flexible work arrangements can help you balance work and personal commitments, while meeting business needs and objectives.
Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)
The Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) allows you to take a deduction from your pay for your eligible dependent care expenses before taxes are calculated.
Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET)
This state tuition program allows parents, grandparents, and others to prepay college tuition and mandatory fees.

Additional Information and Assistance

Becoming a Parent

A prospective parent is generally covered by the FMLA if the employee has worked for UW or the State of Washington at least 60 % FTE for at least one year, and has not already used the annual 12 week FMLA leave entitlement.

Specifically, a prospective parent is covered by the FMLA if the employee has 12 months of cumulative state service, has worked for the state for at least 1,250 hours, including overtime, in the 12 months immediately preceding the date the FMLA leave will begin. and has not already used the current year's 12 week FMLA leave entitlement.