COVID-19 Childcare Resources

 

I AM IN NEED OF CHILDCARE

Do You Need In-Home Childcare?
 If you are a parent or guardian in need of in-home childcare and/or educational support, please fill out this request form.

Post a Childcare Job on the UNM Student Employment Website
Parents and guardians, did you know... you can post your own childcare job listing on the UNM Student Employment website! Initiate the process by completing the Off-Campus Request for Job Posting Form. For questions and/or assistance, please email JLandD@unm.edu.

 

I WANT TO PROVIDE CHILDCARE AND/OR EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

Providing In-Home Childcare and/or Educational Support
If you're a student, staff, or faculty member interested in supporting families in our community, you can apply here to provide in-home childcare and/or educational oversight. Please have your availability handy and be prepared to supply information regarding recent background checks (within the last three years). Please note that the pay rate will be determined between you and the parent/guardian.

 

CHILDCARE SURVEYS AND PRECAUTIONS

In order to best support the UNM households in need of childcare, we will send out occasional childcare surveys to assess your needs and concerns. Please keep an eye on HSC communications for survey links.

As we collect and review survey data, we will update this website with any vetted resources available to our employees.

Here are some of the precautions outlined in the COVID Safe Practices for Early Childhood Centers that were put in place by licensed childcare programs throughout the state, to help ensure that everyone in the program stays healthy, and to help contain the spread of COVID-19:

  • Daily health screenings of children and staff, including temperature checks
  • Requiring ill/symptomatic children or staff to stay home
  • Supporting social distancing and promoting small groups
  • Maintaining consistent groups of children with no early morning or late afternoon rooms
  • Staggering parent drop-off and pick-ups
  • Establishing a contactless check-in and check-out procedure outside of the program spaces
  • Having children and staff wash hands upon arrival, departure and regularly throughout the day
  • Sanitizing equipment and spaces after use and as needed
  • Consistently reminding everyone to be very mindful of using health practices

Please remember: The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation, and frequent changes should be expected. We will do our best to keep everyone up to date with the most current information.

 

CHILDCARE RESOURCES

The HSC Student Emergency Relief Fund
For Undergrads, Graduate Students, and Residents
The Health Sciences Student Emergency Relief Fund can be used when "the cost of additional childcare creates a financial hardship. Solutions around childcare in these unprecedented times will be unique to every family... Our hope is to help prevent students from having to make the difficult choice between studying or not proceeding to stay home because the cost of childcare is too expensive.”

To request financial assistance from the Health Sciences Student Emergency Relief Fund:

  • Undergrad and graduate students - contact the financial aid staff for your respective program
  • Residents - contact Janell R. Valdez at JaValdez@salud.unm.edu

Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Care

If a family has someone their child can stay with during their online education days and the family is eligible for childcare assistance, the NM Early Childhood Education & Care Department (ECECD) can provide financial support to that individual through their Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care option. FFN Care must be registered through ECECD, and all members of the household in which care is provided are required to complete a background check. Call 1-833-551-0518 for more information.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Questions? Please contact Chamiza Pacheco de Alas, Chief of Staff to the EVP for Health Sciences.

If you haven’t already, please read the following statement of support from HSC leadership:

Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) recently announced that classes will remain online through the fall semester, postponing the hybrid model of virtual and in-person learning that was slated for after Labor Day. Many other New Mexico school systems will implement a hybrid model this fall, with children learning from home part-time. This means that parents with school age children will continue to balance the demands of their work schedules and educational support for their kids who are learning from home. Many of us may also face the additional challenge of caring for loved ones who are sick, while doing our part to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

UNM Health Sciences has always been a family first organization. In these challenging times, we remain committed to our staff, faculty, students, learners, and providers who are working to support New Mexico communities while also caring for their dependents. Supervisors should work to provide as much flexibility as possible to their employees. 

Since the beginning of this year, the UNM Health Sciences community has proven that we are adaptable, competent, and dedicated to our work. We deeply appreciate each and every one of you for the part you play, and your contributions in providing the highest quality care for our patients and education for our learners. No matter your circumstances, please continue to work with your supervisor to establish job performance expectations and uphold them to the best of your ability. 

Supervisors, please be mindful of the unprecedented demands we are all facing, and utilize out-of-the-box thinking and solutions to fortify our employees and support their needs.

For our clinical entities, this adaptability will look a little different, as we work to be as flexible as possible with little to no interruption in the daily management of our hospital and clinics. We must continue to provide patients with access to our services and the care they need. Please work with your supervisor and refer to any guidelines for your specific clinical area.

Thank you for everything you do to help keep the people in our communities healthy and safe. Your wellbeing, and that of your families, comes first. We are here to support you in every way poss