Helpful Links for Parents
Including child care options, University policies, campus organizations and other information. Note: Parents@Duke is not responsible for the content at these links. These links are intended to help our members find resources and information. Please contact the web editor with any suggestions or corrections.
Summary pages for:
Potential Parents Includes links about infertility, adoption, parental leave, prenatal classes and support groups
Newborn/Prenatal Care Includes links about child care, lactation rooms, prenatal classes, postpartum depression
Child Care and Education Includes links about child care, educational benefits, summer camps, and non-Duke resources for child care and parenting
Work Absences Includes links on parental and family leave and time off
Links for First-Time Parents or Parents New to Duke
A child in your future?
Potential Parents Duke HR site includes local resources for infertility, adoption, parental leave, prenatal classes, support groups
Triangle Birth Network of NC A "grassroots organization dedicated to improving the quality of maternity services in the Triangle area"
DONA International An association of doulas, includes a directory of DONA member doulas by state
on leave to have/adopt a child?
Leave Page from Duke HR's Child and Family Benefits
Duke Paid Parental Leave Policy -- if you are the child's primary caregiver, you are entitled to 3 weeks of paid leave.
Duke Paid Parental Leave Request: Primary Caregiver Affidavit (and click the link under "Forms")
Duke Family and Medical Leave Note: this is the fullest leave available (12 weeks unpaid, with continuation of group insurance, and guarantee that your job or its equivalent will be held for you), and Duke is required by Federal law to provide it.
Duke Leave of Absence Request Form
had/adopted a child?
How to make changes in your Duke benefits or enroll a new family member
Breastfeeding Support: La Leche League
Postpartum Depression Depression After Delivery, Inc.: a national non-profit
Counseling Services for Duke Employees
Take parenting or infant-child CPR classes at Duke's Teer House
Other community parenting
Welcome Baby: Free newsletters, parenting classes, and more.
Durham Mother's Club: Organizes playgroups and mother's nights out.
Carolina Parent: Articles and classifieds.
Child Care Information
Duke HR Child Care Home
Child Care Services Association: A non-profit group that can give advice on finding child care and keeps records of ratings. They can be especially helpful in finding low-cost child care. Has good advice for evaluating child care providers.
NC Division of Child Development: Includes a feature to search for child care centers. Has good advice for evaluating child care providers.
NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Accredited Program Search, limit by zip code, age of child, etc. Also includes general info about child care.
Duke Children's Campus: Note: waiting lists, especially for infants, are very long. Make sure you pin down where you will fall on the waiting list, and when your child can realistically be placed, before signing up.
Duke Child Care Partnership: Lists local child care centers that have a special arrangement to give spots to Duke families.
Duke Care Connection: Includes listings of in-home daycares in
International House's Choosing Child Care: Includes general advice and a list of local centers.
Duke HR Nanny and Au Pair Information: Includes lists of local nanny agencies.
Place a classified ad in The Chronicle: A good way to find student babysitters for part-time care.
The finances of child
care: Scholarships, Taxes
Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts for Duke Employees: Have pre-tax dollars set aside for you to spend on child care
Duke Graduate Student Child Care Scholarships
Federal Tax Information for those who employ a caregiver in their homes: IRS pub. 926, Household Employer's Tax Guide
Parenting Information and
Carolina Parent Full of ads for local schools, camps, family arts and cultural events, photographers, etc.
NAEYC Information for Families from the Nat'l Assoc for the Education of Young Children; offers reading lists and advice about enriching childrens' home and learning environments
American Library Association Sites for Parents, Teachers, Caregivers and Others includes a wealth of links to a range of sites on literacy, internet safety, toy buying guides, homeschooling resources, disability-related issues, and more
American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations on immunization schedules, car safety, nutrition, etc.
Triangle Mommies an online community of moms in the NC Triangle
updated March 9, 2009