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Parenting and Childcare

We are parents first, and employees second. Our families are the reason we come to work every day! DHS recognizes how important your children are to you, and provides you with resources to help you manage your work/life balance.

Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS)

If you have a child who is in daycare or who attends a summer camp, take advantage of the tax savings that a Flexible Spending Account can provide. You can enroll in the FSAFEDS program during benefits open season or within the grace period allowed for a Qualifying Life Event which is 31 days before the event to 60 days after the event.

For more information, or to enroll or change your enrollment, contact FSAFEDS at: (877) 372-3337, or visit the Web site at:

Employee Support Programs

Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides employees and their eligible family members with up no cost counseling and legal and financial consultation. All services are confidential. View the contact information for your component EAP.

Counseling can help with common parenting challenges include:

  • Childhood Trauma
  • Helping children cope with divorce
  • Parenting stepchildren
  • Dealing with difficult children
  • Parenting teens
  • Teen substance use

Your EAP also provides practical assistance employees and their families. These benefits include:

  • Adoption resources and assistance
  • Child care search- including verified availability
  • Child Safety Kit -If you have a child under age three, this free kit provides tools and information to help you protect him or her from today's most prevalent dangers.
  • Summer camp search – including verified availability
  • Lactation support – including discounts and information
  • Education support – includes searches for tutors, afterschool programs, and assistance with navigating the college application process.

Parenting a Child with Special Needs

Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides expert guidance and assistance to families who are raising children with special needs. Key program areas are:

  • Guidance on managing family dynamics;
  • Personalized consultation on advocating for your child in your local public school system;
  • One-on-one guidance on becoming an effective advocate for your child;
  • Expert information on state laws and regulations that can help you be a better advocate for your child's rights;
  • Personalized referrals to resources in your local community.
Last Published Date: October 29, 2018

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