Caregiving responsibilities have a unique impact on UWO community members and their families. While UWO cannot provide ready-made solutions to child care and other care giving issues individuals are encountering, this one-stop point of access to existing resources is intended to provide potential solutions to the challenges of caregiving while working and pursuing an education.
Adding a child to your family (due to birth, adoption, legal guardianship, etc.) may create an event in which you can enroll your child in your current benefits plans. More information about the eligible events may be found at the following links:
UW Oshkosh Children’s Learning and Care Center provides quality and affordable childcare to UW Oshkosh students, employees, and the community. Enrollment forms should be turned in with as much advance notice as possible. Scheduling is done on a first come-first served basis, with currently enrolled children having first priority, followed by UW Oshkosh students who have financial aid, then UW Oshkosh students without financial aid. UW Oshkosh employees and community are accepted after the student priority deadlines. The cost of campus childcare varies by age of child and whether they are enrolled in half-day or full-day schedules. Employees may choose to enroll in the Dependent Day Care Flex Spending Account to put away money pre-tax for childcare costs or costs related to other dependent care.
There are also other highly rated childcare options in the Oshkosh community. Parents and guardians can search the Youngstar child care quality rating toolkit for additional options.
UW Oshkosh is required by the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.” UW Oshkosh is also required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.” The Gender Equity Council has a list of lactation spaces on campus that are currently available to employees and students. This list is often updated; if you notice any issues with current lactation spaces, or if you are in need of additional space, please contact the Gender Equity Council. Discrimination or retaliation against lactating parents is a violation of federal law.
See this Fact Sheet for more information about your rights. Employee health insurance providers are required by the Affordable Care Act to cover the cost of a breast pump and lactation support services. The Birthing Center at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh includes certified lactation consultant support services. The Breastfeeding Alliance of Northeast Wisconsin also has a list of lactation resources in the Fox Valley. The UW Oshkosh Children’s Learning and Care Center is a breastfeeding-friendly childcare provider. The center has a lactation room on-site and the staff in the infant rooms work with nursing parents to cater to their baby’s individual needs.
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