Family-Friendly Princeton: A Summary of Policies and Benefits

New Parents

  • Faculty who are primary caregivers to newborn infants or newly adopted preschool children are eligible for a semester of full teaching relief, or two semesters of half-time teaching relief.
  • Faculty who give birth are eligible for an additional semester of teaching relief in the semester they are due to give birth.
  • Assistant professors who become parents before their final year receive an automatic, 1-year tenure-clock extension for each child.

Balancing Family Life with Scholarship

  • The Dependent Child Care fund provides up to $2000 per year to cover childcare costs associated with scholarly travel.
  • Princeton offers up to 10 cost-free individual sessions of coaching to faculty who become parents. Coaching is provided by Leader Academic, and covers topics such as managing time effectively, prioritizing commitments, and balancing being a parent and a scholar.
  • The Office of the Dean of the Faculty sponsors workshops and mentorship events designed to support work/life balance.

Financial Support

  • The Employee Child Care Assistance Program provides awards to eligible faculty to assist with the costs of childcare for pre-kindergarten children. Eligibility is determined by household income.
  • After five years of service, faculty are eligible to receive grants for each child’s undergraduate tuition of up to $18,740 (in 2019-20) per year for four years.
  • The Dependent Child Care fund provides up to $2000 per year to cover childcare costs associated with scholarly travel. 
  • Faculty who become parents by adoption and/or surrogacy arrangements are eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $5000 per child for associated expenses, up to a limit of two children per family.

Daycare

  • Princeton offers a state-of-the-art daycare facility on campus, offering childcare for children and infants through pre-kindergarten; children of faculty will have priority for admission.
  • Year-round hours of operation are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm with options for early drop-off and extended day beyond normal operating hours.
  • Low child-to-adult ratios ensure opportunities for one-on-one interaction and attention to children’s individual needs. 
  • Educated, experienced staff provide children with a joyful, play-based learning experience that nurtures all aspects of each child’s development. Parents are regularly provided information about their child’s experience, and are invited to participate in activities with their child.
  • A number of other local childcare centers offer discounts to Princeton faculty.

Caregiving

  • The Backup Care Advantage Program offers up to 100 hours per year of subsidized backup care for faculty who experience disruptions in child, adult, or elder care-giving arrangements.
  • The Carebridge Employee Assistance Program offers cost-free consultations, assistance, and referrals for work, personal, or family issues.
  • Faculty who are parents may request up to a year of unpaid leave for childrearing.

Housing

  • Princeton offers a range of rental housing options, from studios to 4-  and 5-bedroom units.
  • Faculty looking to purchase homes within a 9-mile radius of campus are eligible for a low interest rate mortgage program.
  • Tenured faculty are eligible for additional home ownership support.

Princeton Schools

  • There are 9 public school districts and over 30 private schools within a 9-mile radius of Princeton University.
  • Choices include dual language schools, a range of religious schools, and schools for children with special needs.
  • A list of schools, along with contact information, can be found at dof.princeton.edu/schools.pdf
  • Carebridge provides brochures that help guide parents through the process of visiting and selecting schools. These brochures are available through Carebridge (1-800-437-0911).
  • For faculty seeking more customized information, or information about schools outside this radius, a Carebridge Specialist will provide lists of schools that are personalized to the faculty member’s needs.