Lots of people, from Work-Life to the Diversity Leadership Council, have advocated for years to create a leadership position for coordinating child care . This week, Jeanne Lovy joins JHU in this role. Welcome!
There are so many important aspects to this appointment that we are going to quote at some length from the HUB below. Enjoy!
Lovy is also thinking more broadly about how Hopkins can build new relationships—possibly formal ones—with other programs in and around Baltimore. One big question, she says, is “How can we support and improve child care for all in the community, in a way that helps not only Hopkins but also its neighbors?”
With all of this, Lovy understands that affordability is a big concern for a lot of families. Currently, child care vouchers of up to $5,000 a year are available for families of certain incomes, but Hopkins will be investigating further options.
In addition, Lovy says, “We’re excited that we were recently able to expand the dependent care voucher program to eligible students, and we’re evaluating that and other programs for their impact.”
Beyond those fundamentals, Lovy wants to expand and diversify the kinds of family-oriented programming Hopkins can provide or refer employees to—things such as tutoring, enrichment programs, day trips, and summer camps. She’s looking into family counseling options, too, and ways that Hopkins could help parents with school selection.