MCPS and SEIU Local 500 want to make life work for you
The Emergency Child Care Fund, established in Article 35.J of the negotiated Agreement between Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and SEIU Local 500 for 2018-2020, is intended to support eligible employees who are a part of the SEIU, bargaining unit in dealing with an emergency break in their regular child care arrangements or in situations when their regular child care is unavailable. Eligible parents/guardians may request Backup Care days for up to, but not exceeding, 5 days in a fiscal year (July 1–June 30) per child for children up to 16 years of age. Parents/guardians cannot use more than 15 Backup Care days per year, regardless of the number of children they may have. For school age children, summer days, and regularly scheduled holidays/in-service days are not considered emergency breaks in care and therefore are not covered. Emergency snow days are covered. Temporary Part Time hours worked by bargaining unit members and voluntary overtime hours are not eligible, except with approval from the employee’s director. For children who are not school age, provider vacation days or other related closures are only covered if the employee pays for the days as part of child care fees. Bargaining unit staff members must be the legal parent/guardian of a minor child, age 16 or under*, in order to use Backup Care days. Availability of funding may impact availability of benefit. Employees who misuse or fraudulently use this service will be required to reimburse MCPS for the cost of care. Additional information for this benefit can be found online: http://bit.ly/MCPScare.