The Women’s Center recognizes that a growing number of WFU students, faculty and staff have family caregiving responsibilities. We stand in support of students, faculty and staff who care for young children or family members who are ill or who have disabilities. When students, faculty and staff are able to continue to meet their family obligations, they are able to reach their full potential.
Below you will find resources specific to Wake Forest University and to the broader Winston-Salem community. Please review the resources below and let us know if you have any questions or would like to schedule a private consultation with someone on our staff. This is not an exhaustive list. See something missing? Email email@example.com and we will update our site.
Non discrimination statement
The Women’s Center offers flexible work policies for our staff, and advocates for flexibility across the University. Flexibility, however, is not enough. We must create an educational and work environment that is welcoming of all students, faculty and staff with caregiving responsibilities.
Accordingly, the Women’s Center prohibits discrimination against applicants and employees based on their caregiving responsibilities. This means that personnel decisions relating to hiring, terms and conditions of employment, promotion and termination will not be affected by an employee’s status as a parent or family caregiver. Additionally, the Women’s Center will not tolerate harassment of or retaliation against employees based on their family responsibilities. This policy applies to parents of young children, children who are ill, or children with disabilities; pregnant people; and faculty and staff with aging parents, spouses or partners who are ill or with disabilities.
COVID-19 Information & Resources
Human Resources has compiled resources and guidance for Faculty and Staff on the Our Way Forward website. It includes information on the following resources that may be helpful to working parents and caregivers, such as:
- Employee Assistance Program
- Voluntary Shared PTO Leave
- Child Care for Essential Employees
- Remote Work Policy
- Variable Work Schedule Policy
- And other relevant leave policies and information
“Fear, uncertainty, and being holed up at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm. But it’s important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their behavior and build resilience.” This article reviews tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“First, I just want to say it is OK for you to feel anxious, stressed, angry and more at this time. You don’t have to be perfect. We are all feeling this, and you are not alone!” This article provides practical tips for parents to decrease stress during a pandemic.
“Our struggle is not an emotional concern. We are not burned out. We are being crushed by an economy that has bafflingly declared working parents inessential.” This article describes the challenge of re-opening the economy while schools are still closed and some of the concerns parents have related to the Fall.
If you’re caring for an older loved one, you might be worried. Alicia Arbaje, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. specializes in internal medicine and geriatrics at Johns Hopkins. She shares what you need to know to keep elderly people safer, and what to do if they do become infected with COVID-19.
With school underway, many families are looking for child care options that support remote learning. Check out what the NC Department of Health and Human Services shares in terms of finding safe child care for children ages 5-12 who are enrolled in public schools.
Support @ The Women’s Center
The Women’s Center supports working parents by facilitating affinity groups, managing the working families google group, and sharing resources.
Working Families Google Group
The Women’s Center moderates the Working Families google group where Wake Forest employees with caregiving responsibilities may share resources and support. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe.
WFU Parents & Caregivers Support Group
The Women’s Center offers peer support groups for working parents and caregivers to come together in person or virtually. We are currently seeking interested volunteers to serve as co-facilitators for this group. If you are interested, please e-mail email@example.com to get involved.
*New* WFU Parents & Caregivers Facebook Group
This Facebook group is for WFU parents & caregivers who are newly working and/or parenting and care-giving from home. The purpose of this group is to build a virtual community of parents and caregivers at WFU; to share challenges as well as resources; and to offer words (or memes!) of encouragement and support to one another during this unprecedented time.
Professional Development & Education
The Women’s Center is proud to partner with units across campus to offer workshops and programs for staff and for departments. In partnership with the PDC we offered the following webinars:
Working Remotely Tips & Tricks: Strategies and self-compassion for working parents & caregivers during COVID-19
This virtual panel will feature working caregivers sharing their experiences working from home (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and offering tips and tricks to others who are now working remotely while caregiving. We are all learning together right now! Join our panel as they help you feel less alone and leave you with their tips and tricks to help make remote-work work better for you.
Working Remotely: A Conversation on Equitable and Inclusive Supervision Practices
This workshop will shed light on the unique ways that our implicit biases and gender expectations surface when supervising employees who are working remotely. We will focus on supervising employees with caregiving responsibilities at home. This will be an interactive virtual dialogue and provide opportunities for supervisors to discuss current challenges and brainstorm solutions for equitably managing a remote workforce.
Recordings of these sessions can be found at: https://pdc.wfu.edu/new-remote-working-wake-seminar-series/
Virtual Resources for Kids and Families
The Office of Civic and Community Engagement
The Virtual Tutoring Program is a Wake Forest University-led initiative to match WFU undergraduate and graduate students as tutors with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (WSFCS) K-12 students during school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual tutors will meet with students weekly for a one-hour session, via a technology platform that works for both the tutor and student. Tutors will be matched with WSFCS students based on a variety of criteria including tutor expertise, student needs, scheduling availability, and the grade-level preference designated by the tutor.
Virtual Education Resources
The OCCE has developed a YouTube Channel with videos related to cooking, STEM, and reading.
K-12 Summer Education
The Office of Civic & Community Engagement Virtual Summer Camp offers seven, one-week camps for rising 3rd- 8th graders and one two-week camp for 9-12 graders who attend a public Winston Salem/Forsyth County School. The camps will take place throughout the month of July and will provide interactive activities and lessons from Wake Forest undergraduate and/or graduate students.
The Office of Wellbeing
Thrive Remotely was created to support the students, faculty, and staff of Wake Forest University. The Office of Wellbeing, Campus Recreation, and other colleagues at WFU have curated this hub of resources which encompass a variety of wellbeing topics to help our community as we transition to remote school and work.
Please find attached information for resources for pregnant individuals in the county.
A multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities. EmbraceRace offers free webinars and resources for parents and families.
Each week while most students are out of school due to COVID-19, Welcoming Schools will offer a book and a related activity adapted from our teacher lesson plans for parents to use with children at home. Our featured books will focus on Welcoming Schools themes: embracing all families, being an ally and respecting differences inclusive of LGBTQ identities. Don’t have the book? Don’t worry! We will provide a link to online readings to each book.
Care-giving Resources for Children
The Child Care Resource Center will assist you in matching child care services with child care needs, providing professional development opportunities to early childhood professionals, and providing public awareness about the importance of quality child care. Identify yourself as a WFU employee to receive the full benefit.
Imprints Cares is an early childhood education nonprofit that has been providing services to Forsyth County families for 50 years.
YMCA WSNC offers child care and support with remote learning. Activities include health and wellness, arts and humanities, science and technology and service learning projects. E-learning opportunities are also available.
COVID-19 Response for NC Brochure with information about how to find child care for essential employees.
Forsyth Parent Power A crowdsourced document of child care options.
Kaleideum Brochure offers three different learning opportunities for families: full day remote learning support for K-8, morning preschool for 3-5 yr olds, and afternoon enrichment for K-5.
WS Recreation and Parks Department will continue to offer extended day camps at nine recreation centers starting Monday, Aug. 17, to provide an alternative location where children can participate in their remote learning classes. The day camps will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at a cost of $25 a week.
Care-giving Resources for those with Developmental/Psychiatric Disabilities
The Enrichment Center helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities reach their full potential and achieve their best life. Through art classes, life skills training, community activities and job placement, individuals build on their abilities and connect to the broader community. These efforts enrich their lives, and the life of our community through their inclusion.
Springwell Network, Inc. is a non-profit, United Way member agency that serves adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities. They provide quality residential care and training for adult persons with mental challenges and/or other intellectual developmental disabilities and consistently looks for innovative resources and means for the expansion of services for these individuals.
Care-giving Resources for Elders
Elder Care Choices through Senior Services. As a WFU employee, you have access to a counselor through Elder Care Choices. They provide services such as:
- Identifying needs for loved ones
- Locating resources for older adults living anywhere in the United States
- Creating a comprehensive referral package, including profiles of services
- Providing assistance with Medicare questions and choosing plans
- Webinars on issues related to care-giving for older adults