Graduate

Family and Childbearing Leave Policies

Academic Parenting Accommodations

The Graduate Division encourages student parents to maintain open lines of communication with their advisor and department in order to create academic solutions that work for all parties involved. In order to reinforce that cooperation and provide support to make accommodations possible, we offer options for parenting leaves of absence as well as expanded time-to-degree provisions for extraordinary parenting demands.

Graduate Division overview of academic parenting accommodations
http://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/academic/parenting-academic

UCSB Graduate Division Academic Leave of Absence Policy
http://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/academic/forms-petitions/leave-of-absence

Employment Accommodations (Paid and Unpaid Family-Related Leave)

Graduate students who are employed as Academic Student Employees or Graduate Student Researchers are eligible for limited paid and unpaid leave options related to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. Students should work with their advisor/PI, department, Academic Personnel, and the Graduate Division to find the most suitable accommodations for their particular needs.

Graduate Division overview of employment accommodations
http://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/financial/parenting-employment

Collective bargaining agreement for Academic Student Employees
http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/bx/contract.html

Contract article from collective bargaining agreement pertaining to leaves
https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/bx/docs/bx_2010-2013_17_leaves_ta.pdf

Academic Personnel Academic Student Employee leave of absence chart
https://ap.ucsb.edu/resources.for.department.analysts/graduate.student.appointments/ase.leave.of.absence.chart.pdf

Campus Child Care Resources

Academic Student Employee/Graduate Student Researcher Child Care Reimbursement Program

If you are employed for a minimum of 25% time as an Academic Student Employee (i.e. Teaching Assistant, Teaching Associate, Reader, Tutor) or a Graduate Student Researcher, you are eligible to apply for reimbursement of childcare expenses up to $1100 per quarter, including summer sessions. These expenses must be for the care of a student's dependent children 12 years and under, and the reimbursements ​are processed through the hiring department.
http://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/financial/parenting-employment/child-care-reimbursement-programs

Factsheet about program from Academic Personnel
https://ap.ucsb.edu/resources.for.academic.employees/family.friendly.resources/gsr.and.ase.child.care.reimbursement.pdf

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.
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Childcare Grant
The GSA runs a grant program to help graduate students offset the costs of childcare. Approved graduate students with single-child households will receive an award of $300; graduate students with more than one child will receive an award of $150 per additional child. Grants are limited to one award per graduate student per quarter, with a maximum of five awards allowed during a student’s academic tenure at UCSB. The application period opens on the 1st day of the quarter and closes on the last day of the quarter.
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

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
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.
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
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

Nursing Mothers (Lactation Support)

Cottage Hospital Lactation Center
Lactation support programs and services through Cottage Hospital
UCSB HR Page for Lactation Accommodation Program
Our campus offers access to lactation rooms, breast pumps and supplies, and other types of lactation support through the Human Resources department.

Children's Programs, Fitness, and Recreation

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

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

Elder Care Resources and Other Home Help

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

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

Financial Crisis Response Team
The Financial Crisis Response Team exists to assist students who are facing a financial crisis or urgent financial need. The team works closely to evaluate, respond to, and support students in crisis in a streamlined and timely manner. In order to apply for emergency funding, email FinancialCrisis@sa.ucsb.edu​ and a Financial Aid Advisor will contact you about next steps within 1-2 business days.
National Science Foundation Career-Life Balance Initiative FAQ
UCSB Non Traditional Student Resource Center
The Non-Traditional Student Resource Center provides a community space for students whose life experiences may differ from traditional students, including graduate students who are over 29 years old, a domestic partnered or married student, and students with dependents. The Resource Center provides a space to study​ and relax, a staff person to guide you to resources, and social events to connect you with other students.
Unity Shoppe
Referrals required-available through Social Workers, UCSB Women's Center
Women’s Center Bridge over Troubled Waters Fund
The Women’s Center provides small emergency grants to women who are single student parents. Grant amounts vary and are determined on a case-by-case basis. Students can receive this grant a maximum of one time per year. The turnaround time is approximately 1-2 weeks.

Health

Employment Accommodations (Paid and Unpaid Family-Related Leave)

Graduate students who are employed as Academic Student Employees or Graduate Student Researchers are eligible for limited paid and unpaid leave options related to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. Students should work with their advisor/PI, department, Academic Personnel, and the Graduate Division to find the most suitable accommodations for their particular needs.

Graduate Division overview of employment accommodations
http://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/financial/parenting-employment

Collective bargaining agreement for Academic Student Employees
http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/bx/contract.html

Contract article from collective bargaining agreement pertaining to leaves
https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/bx/docs/bx_2010-2013_17_leaves_ta.pdf

Academic Personnel Academic Student Employee leave of absence chart
https://ap.ucsb.edu/resources.for.department.analysts/graduate.student.appointments/ase.leave.of.absence.chart.pdf

UCSB Graduate Division Academic Leave of Absence Policy (Including Medical)
UCSB HR Wellness Resources

A listing of some of the UCSB wellness and health programs available to employees

Nutrition

Associated Students Food Bank
The AS Food Bank is an organization that provides fresh, free, and nutritious food to students in order to tackle food insecurity on our campus. They offer a food pantry (available both on campus and at mobile distribution sites around the ​community), life skills workshops, assistance with CalFresh applications, and more.
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.
UCSB HR Wellness Resources

A listing of some of the UCSB wellness and health programs available to employees

Housing

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 Family Student Housing

UCSB offers two family housing complexes for students, featuring 1- and 2-bedroom apartments located about a mile from the center of campus. Priority is given to families with children, and it is recommended that interested students apply for the waitlist as soon as possible – even prior to admittance – to ensure their spot in these popular residences.

UCSB Graduate Student Housing

Graduate student 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

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
UCSB Graduate Students with Children Facebook Group
Connect with other UCSB grad student parents to ask questions, share resources, and plan meet-ups.

Other Resources

New York Times Family Well Blog
The Pregnant Scholar

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