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The Women’s Center recognizes the unprecedented challenges that are facing caregivers during the pandemic.   Faculty, staff and student caregivers are under incredible amounts of stress as we try to juggle our caregiving responsibilities with our work and school responsibilities.  The Women’s Center is keenly aware of the disproportionate impact caregiving has on women and wants to provide support to all caregivers.

We are working in collaboration with other VT offices to advocate for student, faculty and staff caregivers needs. Please reach out to us if we may be of support by contacting Christine Dennis Smith.

An opportunity for VT employees who are caregivers of children, teens, aging parents and/or family members to connect with one another around managing the demands of working and caregiving during these times of COVID-19 disruption.  These are intended to be open discussions to share current information and resources, as well as to support one another. Please direct questions to Christine Dennis Smith with the Women’s Center.

October 9 at 12PM

  • How do I manage my job and my family with Covid?
  • There is not enough time in the day.  I feel like a bad parent, bad employee…
  • How do I maintain this with no end in sight?

October 23 at 12PM

  • What if they get sick – how do I protect them?
  • I want to protect my parents but they are struggling with isolation?
  • Do I take them out?  Do I let them have visitors?  Do I go visit them?

November 6 at 12PM

  • Adolescents- Raising teens is hard enough but now we are at home together all the time.  How are we going to survive?
  • How to know if this is normal teenage mood swings or is this something more serious?
  • How do I set up boundaries when I am teleworking?

December 4 at 12PM

  • My child is learning remotely and I am overwhelmed with keeping up at work, managing remote learning, and supporting my aging parents….
  • There is not enough time in the day.  I feel like a bad parent, bad employee, bad daughter(son)
  • What do we do over the holidays and the winter??

An opportunity for working parents to come together to network, share resources and support one another. To sign up for the listserv or for more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith at

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) is an Act of Congress meant to respond to the economic impacts of the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. The legislation has two components that provide the following leave benefits:

  • Federal Emergency Sick Leave (FESL/FMES)
  • Expanded Federal Family and Medical Leave (FFML)

FFCRA leave provisions are effective Apr. 1, 2020 and end Dec. 31, 2020. For more information visit the VT Human Resources website.