Family Responsive Policies and Benefits

  • Childbearing leave
  • Tenure clock extension for one year for parents caring for a newborn or child newly placed for adoption or foster care (requested within two years of the birth or placement); or for a serious personal health condition, illness of a family member, for bereavement, or for another significant circumstance or event.
  • A reduction of duties (typically less teaching) for one semester for parents who provide at least 50% of the care of a child. Birth mothers are entitled to two semesters.
  • Faculty can use research funds to be reimbursed for dependent care travel expenses when allowable by their granting agency. Learn more
  • We also support faculty with caregiving leaves and temporary workload modification. Learn more
  • NEW: Beginning on July 1st, academic appointees will be eligible for the new UC systemwide "Pay for Family Care and Bonding" (PFCB) benefit, which will offer up to 8 weeks of partial pay (70% of salary) while on an approved leave to either provide care to a family member or for bonding with a new child.
  • NEW: Beginning on July 1st, academic appointees will be eligible for UC’s Adoption Assistance Plan, which provides financial support through reimbursement of up to $5,000 of eligible expenses per adoption.

Children and Teens

Elder Care

UCB Elder Care program offers confidential, free assistance for faculty and staff who are caring for, or concerned about an elder. An Elder Care Counselor can answer your questions, help you set priorities and refer you to resources and caregiver support groups both locally and long distance. 

Back Up Care Program

Through June 30, 2021, the Bright Horizons back-up care program provides up to 120 hours for all UC Berkeley benefits eligible employees to use when their regular child or adult/elder care is unavailable. Beginning on July 1, 2021, the program will be available for senate faculty. Learn more

Bright Horizons Additional Family Supports

  • Help and discounts for finding nannies, child care centers, tutors, etc., as well as information and resources. (Please note that not all represented employees are eligible for this UCOP-sponsored program. Consult with your union representative for more information).

  • Bright Horizons Family Resources for Life at Home.

Partner and Spouse Employment

We offer several resources for partners and spouses seeking employment.

Health Programs

Be Well at Work Faculty/Staff Health Programs at UC Berkeley
Please visit this link for workshops, resources, and health programs. Workshop topics include health & wellness, ergonomics, disability management, elder care, financial wellness, parenting, and stress management.

Breastfeeding Support Program
Please visit this link for information on the BFSP program, including registration, breast pump products available, lactation rooms on campus, classes, accommodation, supplies and additional resources.

The Pregnant Scholar
This website helps ensure the success of student parents and seeks to advance women’s representation in STEM fields by providing user-friendly information and resources on Title IX for faculty, administrators, and pregnant students and postdocs.  The site includes a wide range of tools—from introductory videos to in-depth best-practice guides.