Work Life

Work Life

Caring for Children

As you face the joys and challenges of parental responsibilities, the university can provide support in a number of ways. The Parental Guidebook is a good starting-point to understand the wide array of benefits and programs available.

Adoption Assistance

The university can reimburse you and your family up to $5000 when you adopt a child to help cover adoption expenses. Visit the Adoption Life Event page or the Adoption Assistance page for more information.

Breastfeeding/Lactation Space

Ohio State is building a family friendly work environment on its quest to become an employer of choice.  University leaders understand that work life initiatives are a fundamental strategy to improve faculty and staff satisfaction, commitment, performance and retention.  

President's Cabinet approved a proposal in March 2006 to include lactation rooms in all newly designed and constructed buildings on campus and supported the “zone approach” to increase the current number of lactation rooms.  A zone approach involves identifying locations across campus where new lactation rooms will be created.

Increasing lactation spaces around campus:

  • Aligns with the work life philosophy to support faculty, staff, and students as they pursue greater integration of work and personal life.
  • Supports the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendation that mothers nurse for 12 months to maximize the benefits of breastfeeding.  As an employer with a world class medical center, it is important that we promote health practices in the best interest of the child and mother.  
  • Resolves issues created by current open space work environments that are not conducive to the privacy required for breastfeeding.  
  • Decreases absenteeism/presenteeism rates; working mothers with healthier babies as a result of breastfeeding will be more productive. 
  • Increases employee commitment to and engagement with the university;

Ohio State has and will continue to identify locations on campus that are ideal for a lactation room based on geographic location and/or future renovation projects. Click here for a full list of lactation spaces around Ohio States's campuses.


Child Care

The Ohio State Child Care Program provides quality child care that allows parents in the university community to participate in and fulfill their responsibilities to the university. The Schoenbaum Family Center at Weinland Park serves the university and Columbus community by offering an exemplary child care program to support research and learning about childhood development. Both have limited space, so apply as soon as possible to take advantage of these programs.

Summer Camps and Fun Activities for Kids


School's back in session. This guide can help keep teens safe from risky behavior. For parents of teens, this can be a challenging time. It is very important to be able to recognize the early warning signs of trouble.  Click here to get your Teen and At-Risk Behavior Guide

Resources for Coping with Tragedy

The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) has created a special area on their website to provide resources for helping children and families, caregivers, and school personnel cope with this tragedy as well as resources for recognizing the early warning signs that may lead to youth violence. For this website and additional links regarding a variety of tragedy responses please click here.

Promoting Your Child's Development

Employees with young children are often overwhelmed by the challenges of parenting during the early phase of their child's development.  But encouraging healthy development simply takes knowing how to be actively involved in the learning process -- Just click on this link to download your complimentary copy.

Do Babies Matter in Academia?

If you couldn't attend the National Work and Family Month keynote address, “Do Babies Matter in Academia?”, a discussion led by Mary Ann Mason , Professor and Co-Director, Center, Economics & Family Security at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law about how families impact Phd. differently based on gender, click here mms://
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