Faculty

Overview: Systemwide Family Resources, Programs, and Policies for UC Affiliates

COVID-19 Information

Please see UCSB’s campus website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, including Chancellor Henry Yang’s latest communication about the measures the campus is taking. 

We will also try to include relevant resources here as they become available. 

UCOP Family Friendly Policies for Faculty
Overview of family-friendly policies for faculty and other academic employees
UCOP Family Friendly Resources for Faculty

Overview of family-friendly resources and programs for faculty and other academic employees

COVID-19 Community Resources

Additional Information & Resources

Additional Information & Resources

CDC Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Information about COVID-19

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 from the CDC

Childcare for Essential Workers

If you or someone you know fall under the category of essential worker and needs childcare, please contact the Santa Barbara County Education Office’s Child Care Planning Council Coordinator at 805-964-4711 x 4473 or Children’s Resource and Referral of Santa Barbara County in Santa Barbara 805-963-6631 or Santa Maria at 805-925-7071.

    Homeschooling Resources

    Home Learning Resources for the Kids, and for you

    Meeting nutritional needs

    Nutritional Needs: 

    • Free bagged meals for children 18 years old and younger may be picked up at various sites in Buellton, Carpinteria, Cuyama, Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Orcutt, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Solvang. Please click here to view the Santa Barbara County Education Office Website for specific times and locations in your area.
    • The FoodBank of Santa Barbara County has temporarily expanded distribution sites for fresh produce and other groceries. 
    • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) gives students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to invest in an organic farmer from Goleta, John Givens, and get a fresh box of produce weekly. As a CSA member, you receive boxes of fresh, seasonal and organic produce, reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to transporting food, reduce solid waste due to less packaging, and aid community building through supporting a local business. For more information and to sign up visit: Something Good Organics
    • These Grocery Stores are offering special shopping hours for those most at risk for COVID-19
    • A number of Restaurants and grocery stores are now offering takeout and delivery options, please click HERE for a curated list in the Santa Barbara area. 

    Family and Childbearing Leave Policies

    Academic Personnel Family Friendly Policies Website
    Overview of Academic Personnel Family Friendly Policies, including links to documents/sites about specific policies
    Brochure Summarizing Family Friendly Academic Personnel Policies
    Brochure summarizing academic personnel family friendly policies
    UCOP Academic Personnel Manual, Family Accommodations for Childbearing and Childrearing (APM 760)
    UCOP Academic Personnel Manual, Family and Medical Leave (APM 715)
    UCOP Academic Personnel Manual, Tenure Clock Stoppage (APM 133)
    UCSB Academic Personnel Manual, Active Service - Modified Duties (ASMD) (Red Binder VI-5)
    UCSB Academic Personnel Manual, Childbearing and Parental Leave (Red Binder VI-1)
    UCSB Academic Personnel Manual, Review Deferral and Tenure Clock Stoppage (Red Binder I-4)
    UCSB HR Page Leave of Absence - Family & Medical Leave

    Campus Child Care Resources

    Bright Horizons Care Advantage

    Bright Horizons Care Advantage® benefit gives eligible UC employees free access to Sittercity's comprehensive database of babysitters, nannies, elder companions, pet sitters, and housekeepers.
    https://www.sittercity.com/universityofcalifornia

    Summary description of Bright Horizons Care Advantage program, eligibility criteria, and contact information.
    http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/other-benefits/family-care-resources.html

    Note to Staff: This benefit is subject to collective bargaining. If you’re a represented employee, see the Bargaining Units & Contracts page on UCnet to see your current contract.

    Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
    If you are employed​ as faculty, staff, or an Academic Student Employee (i.e. Teaching Assistant, Teaching Associate, Reader, Tutor) or a Graduate Student Researcher, you are eligible to enroll in a flexible spending account (FSA) for dependent care expenses. The DepCare FSA allows you to pay for eligible expenses for care of your child or eligible adult dependent on a pretax basis. As a result, your salary is reduced before taxes are assessed, and you pay less in taxes.
    UCSB Early Childhood Care and Education Services

    The Orfalea Family Children's Center, located on West Campus, and the University Children's Center, located in the Student Resource Building, provide child care for student, staff and faculty families within the University community. Community families are also welcome if space allows. The Centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and are licensed by the State Department of Social Services. The Centers provide child care for children aged 3 months through 5 years.

    UCSB Summer Day Camps

    Summer day camps at UCSB

    Community Child Care and Camp Resources

    1. Children's Resource & Referral Program of Santa Barbara County

    This local non-profit offers childcare search databases, tips for finding appropriate childcare options, and referral services.

    211 Santa Barbara County

    Connecting People to Health & Human Services Information in Santa Barbara County. Information and links for Housing, Utilities, Food, Hygiene & Household, Transportation, Health Care, Mental Wellness, Substance Abuse, Young Adults, Children & Families, Seniors, Education, Finance & Employment, and Legal Assistance

    Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance. Free, Confidential, 24/7. Available in multiple languages. If out of the area or unable to connect try 800-400-1572.

    Art Explorers After School Classes and Camps
    Boys and Girls Club

    After school care and holiday day camps; Year round youth programs

    Buellton Parks and Recreation Department Youth Camps
    Care.com

    For-fee database of care providers

    Channel Islands YMCA Child Care
    Child care and after school care
    Channel Islands YMCA Summer Camps
    Informaton about summer camps offered by the Channel Islands YMCA
    Childcare for Essential Workers

    If you or someone you know fall under the category of essential worker and needs childcare, please contact the Santa Barbara County Education Office’s Child Care Planning Council Coordinator at 805-964-4711 x 4473 or Children’s Resource and Referral of Santa Barbara County in Santa Barbara 805-963-6631 or Santa Maria at 805-925-7071.

      Discoveries Bright Horizons Preschool
      NAEYC-accredited Bright Horizons Preschool, which offers priority enrollment to UCSB affiliates (through UC's contract with Bright Horizons) for child care for toddlers (18 months and up) through kindergarten prep, as well as drop-in care
      First 5 Santa Barbara County

      Country commission supporting children aged 0 through 5 in Santa Barbara County; sign up for information about child development, supplies, access to local family support services, information about quality local early child care and education services, invitations to community events, and information about parenting classes and social groups

      Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

      After school care and day camps; Teen and gymnastics programs

      Isla Vista Youth Projects

      Child care and after school care/Children's Center/Family Resource Center

      National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accredited Program Directory

      NAEYC-accredited child care program directory; search page for programs in your area. This site is currently under construction. We will update the link when there is new information. In the meantime, check out these helpful tips on what to look for in a quality program: https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/what-look-program

      Santa Barbara Art Museum Summer and After School Camps
      Santa Barbara Family Child Care Association
      Directory of accredited (licensed) family child care centers in the greater Santa Barbara area
      Santa Barbara Independent Summer Camp Guide
      Search the Santa Barbara Independent site for “summer camp guide” to find the most current guide.
      Santa Barbara Natural History Museum Children's Educational Programs

      After school care, classes for families and children, day camps (holidays and summer)

      Santa Barbara Preschool Directory (2013-14 version)
      A free publication produced by the Santa Barbara Parents of Multiples club, this list provides an extensive listing of preschool and childcare options in Santa Barbara with information ​on tuition rates, ​minimum age requirements, teaching ratios, and contact ​information.
      Santa Barbara Zoo Day Camps (Summer and Holidays)
      SB Family & Life Magazine Summer Camp Guide
      Terrific Scientific After School Classes and Camps
      Wilderness Youth Project Summer Camps
      Winnie

      Parents use Winnie to discover high-quality local daycares and preschools and learn all about their programs including detailed descriptions, photos, tuition information, licensing status, availability data and more. Child care providers use Winnie to fill their open spaces, build their wait lists, and get support and resources to run their business efficiently.

      Nursing Mothers (Lactation Support)

      CDC Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Information about COVID-19

      Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 from the CDC

      Cottage Hospital Lactation Center
      Lactation support programs and services through Cottage Hospital
      UC Policy for Accommodations for Nursing Mothers
      UC Policy (PPSM 84) on Accommodations for Nursing Mothers
      UCSB HR Page for Lactation Support Program

      Our campus offers access to lactation rooms, breast pumps and supplies, and other types of lactation support through the Human Resources department.

      Welcome Every Baby

      Welcome Every Baby (WEB) a personalized home visitation program for newborns and their families in Santa Barbara County.  Since 2002, the WEB program has been providing, at no charge to the families, confidential home visits by registered nurses that are certified in lactation.  WEB focuses on the primary relationship between parents and their newborn(s).  WEB, in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Dignity Health Home Health, is committed to providing all families with early postpartum support.

      The WEB Nurse Home Visit includes:

      • An early mother and newborn medical assessment in the privacy of your own home
      • Breastfeeding support and education
      • Hands on teaching, information and support regarding your newborn's, development, nutrition and other parenting concerns.
      • Information, support and linkages to services regarding baby blues and postpartum depression
      • Information and referrals for developmental concerns, pre-school for siblings, Medi-Cal and other resources in your community

      Children's Programs, Fitness, and Recreation

      211 Santa Barbara County

      Connecting People to Health & Human Services Information in Santa Barbara County. Information and links for Housing, Utilities, Food, Hygiene & Household, Transportation, Health Care, Mental Wellness, Substance Abuse, Young Adults, Children & Families, Seniors, Education, Finance & Employment, and Legal Assistance

      Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance. Free, Confidential, 24/7. Available in multiple languages. If out of the area or unable to connect try 800-400-1572.

      Boys and Girls Club

      After school care and holiday day camps; Year round youth programs

      Buellton Parks and Recreation Department Youth Programs
      Carpinteria Parks and Recreation
      Channel Islands YMCA Family Programs and Events
      Channel Islands YMCA Teen Education and Leadership Programs
      Channel Islands YMCA Youth Swim, Sports, and Recreation Programs
      Information about youth swim, sports, and other recreational programs offered by the Channel Islands YMCA
      City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Youth Activities
      First 5 Santa Barbara County

      Country commission supporting children aged 0 through 5 in Santa Barbara County; sign up for information about child development, supplies, access to local family support services, information about quality local early child care and education services, invitations to community events, and information about parenting classes and social groups

      Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

      After school care and day camps; Teen and gymnastics programs

      Homeschooling Resources

      Home Learning Resources for the Kids, and for you

      Isla Vista Youth Projects

      Child care and after school care/Children's Center/Family Resource Center

      Lompoc Parks and Recreation
      Santa Barbara Country Public Library System Programs and Events
      Search page for Santa Barbara Public Library system programs and events
      Santa Barbara Natural History Museum Children's Educational Programs

      After school care, classes for families and children, day camps (holidays and summer)

      Santa Barbara Natural History Museum Teen Programs
      Classes and other programs for teens
      Solvang Parks and Recreation
      Click on "Current Program Schedule" for family and youth activities
      UCSB Arts & Lectures Family Fun Series
      UCSB Recreation Center Youth Programs
      Youth programs at UCSB through the Recreation Center
      Wilderness Youth Project
      Winnie

      Parents use Winnie to discover high-quality local daycares and preschools and learn all about their programs including detailed descriptions, photos, tuition information, licensing status, availability data and more. Child care providers use Winnie to fill their open spaces, build their wait lists, and get support and resources to run their business efficiently.

      Elder Care Resources and Other Home Help

      211 Santa Barbara County

      Connecting People to Health & Human Services Information in Santa Barbara County. Information and links for Housing, Utilities, Food, Hygiene & Household, Transportation, Health Care, Mental Wellness, Substance Abuse, Young Adults, Children & Families, Seniors, Education, Finance & Employment, and Legal Assistance

      Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance. Free, Confidential, 24/7. Available in multiple languages. If out of the area or unable to connect try 800-400-1572.

      AARP Family Caregiving

      Key resources and practical tips for navigating your role as caregiver for aging family members. 

      Bright Horizons Care Advantage

      Bright Horizons Care Advantage® benefit gives eligible UC employees free access to Sittercity's comprehensive database of babysitters, nannies, elder companions, pet sitters, and housekeepers.
      https://www.sittercity.com/universityofcalifornia

      Summary description of Bright Horizons Care Advantage program, eligibility criteria, and contact information.
      http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/other-benefits/family-care-resources.html

      Note to Staff: This benefit is subject to collective bargaining. If you’re a represented employee, see the Bargaining Units & Contracts page on UCnet to see your current contract.

      Care.com

      For-fee database of care providers

      Santa Barbara County Senior Resource Directory
      A listing of nonprofit and governmental agencies offering services to seniors with descriptions of services and benefits.

      Family and Parent Resources

      211 Santa Barbara County

      Connecting People to Health & Human Services Information in Santa Barbara County. Information and links for Housing, Utilities, Food, Hygiene & Household, Transportation, Health Care, Mental Wellness, Substance Abuse, Young Adults, Children & Families, Seniors, Education, Finance & Employment, and Legal Assistance

      Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance. Free, Confidential, 24/7. Available in multiple languages. If out of the area or unable to connect try 800-400-1572.

      California Casualty auto, renter, and homeowners insurance

      UC employees have access to auto, renter and homeowners insurance through California Casualty. Employees deal directly with the insurer, and premiums may be paid through payroll deduction.

      College Savings Plan

      Information about ScholarShare, California's 529 College Savings Plan

      Emergency Loan Information

      Emergency loans available to UCSB employees with an immediate need for funds as a result of an emergency, dire financial hardship, or no other source of money wiithin the necessary time to act

      Employee Discounts

      A growing list of discounts available to UCSB employees

      Homeschooling Resources

      Home Learning Resources for the Kids, and for you

      National Science Foundation Career-Life Balance Initiative FAQ
      UCSB HR Page for Lactation Support Program

      Our campus offers access to lactation rooms, breast pumps and supplies, and other types of lactation support through the Human Resources department.

      Unity Shoppe
      Referrals required-available through Social Workers, UCSB Women's Center
      Welcome Every Baby

      Welcome Every Baby (WEB) a personalized home visitation program for newborns and their families in Santa Barbara County.  Since 2002, the WEB program has been providing, at no charge to the families, confidential home visits by registered nurses that are certified in lactation.  WEB focuses on the primary relationship between parents and their newborn(s).  WEB, in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Dignity Health Home Health, is committed to providing all families with early postpartum support.

      The WEB Nurse Home Visit includes:

      • An early mother and newborn medical assessment in the privacy of your own home
      • Breastfeeding support and education
      • Hands on teaching, information and support regarding your newborn's, development, nutrition and other parenting concerns.
      • Information, support and linkages to services regarding baby blues and postpartum depression
      • Information and referrals for developmental concerns, pre-school for siblings, Medi-Cal and other resources in your community
      Winnie

      Parents use Winnie to discover high-quality local daycares and preschools and learn all about their programs including detailed descriptions, photos, tuition information, licensing status, availability data and more. Child care providers use Winnie to fill their open spaces, build their wait lists, and get support and resources to run their business efficiently.

      Health

      211 Santa Barbara County

      Connecting People to Health & Human Services Information in Santa Barbara County. Information and links for Housing, Utilities, Food, Hygiene & Household, Transportation, Health Care, Mental Wellness, Substance Abuse, Young Adults, Children & Families, Seniors, Education, Finance & Employment, and Legal Assistance

      Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance. Free, Confidential, 24/7. Available in multiple languages. If out of the area or unable to connect try 800-400-1572.

      At Your Service Online Sign-In Page
      Benefits Overview
      UCSB HR Benefits home page offers information concerning benefits enrollment, eligibility, enrollment changes, and UC insurance plan contact information.
      Health Care Facilitator Program
      The UCSB Health Care Facilitator program provides assistance in navigating the UC health plans and resolving problems with the UC health plans.
      Mental Health: Academic & Staff Assistance Program
      UCSB's Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) offers short-term confidential, cost-free counseling for personal and/or work-related concerns for UCSB employees and their eligible family members.
      UCnet Page for Disability Insurance

      UCnet disability insurance webpage offers information about UC's short term and voluntary disability insurance plans

      UCOP Academic Personnel Manual Family and Medical Leave (APM 715)
      UCOP Academic Personnel Manual Sick Leave (APM 710)
      UCSB Academic Personnel Manual, Sick Leave (Red Binder VI-3)
      UCSB HR Page for Disability Insurance

      UCSB disability insurance webpage offers information about UC's short term and voluntary disability insurance plans

      UCSB HR Page Leave of Absence - Family & Medical Leave
      UCSB HR Wellness Resources

      A listing of some of the UCSB wellness and health programs. Most of these services are for UCSB employees only.

      Nutrition

      211 Santa Barbara County

      Connecting People to Health & Human Services Information in Santa Barbara County. Information and links for Housing, Utilities, Food, Hygiene & Household, Transportation, Health Care, Mental Wellness, Substance Abuse, Young Adults, Children & Families, Seniors, Education, Finance & Employment, and Legal Assistance

      Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance. Free, Confidential, 24/7. Available in multiple languages. If out of the area or unable to connect try 800-400-1572.

      Food Access at UCSB

      The resources described on this website are primarily targeted for UCSB students, however, some resources are available to academic and staff personnel also.
      http://food.ucsb.edu/

      Hungry to Learn Flyer
      http://food.ucsb.edu/docs/default-source/default-document-library/hungry-to-learn.pdf?sfvrsn=93f14969_0

      Supporting Students

      Meeting nutritional needs

      Nutritional Needs: 

      • Free bagged meals for children 18 years old and younger may be picked up at various sites in Buellton, Carpinteria, Cuyama, Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Orcutt, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Solvang. Please click here to view the Santa Barbara County Education Office Website for specific times and locations in your area.
      • The FoodBank of Santa Barbara County has temporarily expanded distribution sites for fresh produce and other groceries. 
      • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) gives students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to invest in an organic farmer from Goleta, John Givens, and get a fresh box of produce weekly. As a CSA member, you receive boxes of fresh, seasonal and organic produce, reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to transporting food, reduce solid waste due to less packaging, and aid community building through supporting a local business. For more information and to sign up visit: Something Good Organics
      • These Grocery Stores are offering special shopping hours for those most at risk for COVID-19
      • A number of Restaurants and grocery stores are now offering takeout and delivery options, please click HERE for a curated list in the Santa Barbara area. 
      UCSB HR Wellness Resources

      A listing of some of the UCSB wellness and health programs. Most of these services are for UCSB employees only.

      Housing

      211 Santa Barbara County

      Connecting People to Health & Human Services Information in Santa Barbara County. Information and links for Housing, Utilities, Food, Hygiene & Household, Transportation, Health Care, Mental Wellness, Substance Abuse, Young Adults, Children & Families, Seniors, Education, Finance & Employment, and Legal Assistance

      Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance. Free, Confidential, 24/7. Available in multiple languages. If out of the area or unable to connect try 800-400-1572.

      Coastal Housing Partnership

      Coastal Housing Partnership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community by assisting local employees with their home buying needs.

      UCSB Faculty Housing
      Faculty housing site, with links to many other resources
      University & Community Housing Services

      University & Community Housing Services: Resources ranging from university housing contracts to off-campus rental listings as well as landlord/tenant dispute resolution, mediation program, and rental advice.
      http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/contracts

      Social Support

      Additional Information & Resources

      Additional Information & Resources

      Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP)
      This Santa Barbara non-profit is run by trained volunteers ​and offers mostly free training and support for new families. Services include expectant parent classes, new parent social groups,and a free 24-hour "warmline" ​that provides confidential one-on-one support. PEP’s philosophy is that there is no one right way to parent, and they offer new parents a safe environment to learn from and lean on their peers – free from judgement, soliciting, and pressure.
      Santa Barbara Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
      ​The local chapter of this international mothers support group hosts gatherings every other week for moms whose kids have not yet entered kindergarten.
      Santa Barbara Parents of Multiples
      Welcome Every Baby

      Welcome Every Baby (WEB) a personalized home visitation program for newborns and their families in Santa Barbara County.  Since 2002, the WEB program has been providing, at no charge to the families, confidential home visits by registered nurses that are certified in lactation.  WEB focuses on the primary relationship between parents and their newborn(s).  WEB, in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Dignity Health Home Health, is committed to providing all families with early postpartum support.

      The WEB Nurse Home Visit includes:

      • An early mother and newborn medical assessment in the privacy of your own home
      • Breastfeeding support and education
      • Hands on teaching, information and support regarding your newborn's, development, nutrition and other parenting concerns.
      • Information, support and linkages to services regarding baby blues and postpartum depression
      • Information and referrals for developmental concerns, pre-school for siblings, Medi-Cal and other resources in your community

      Other Resources

      211 Santa Barbara County

      Connecting People to Health & Human Services Information in Santa Barbara County. Information and links for Housing, Utilities, Food, Hygiene & Household, Transportation, Health Care, Mental Wellness, Substance Abuse, Young Adults, Children & Families, Seniors, Education, Finance & Employment, and Legal Assistance

      Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance. Free, Confidential, 24/7. Available in multiple languages. If out of the area or unable to connect try 800-400-1572.

      COVID-19 Information

      Please see UCSB’s campus website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, including Chancellor Henry Yang’s latest communication about the measures the campus is taking. 

      We will also try to include relevant resources here as they become available. 

      New York Times Family Well Blog
      The Pregnant Scholar

      Online toolkit for university students, faculty, and administrators on pregnancy and parenting.