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Program Highlights to Help Balance Home, Work, and Life

Program Highlights to Help Balance Home, Work, and Life

Informational Resources

Network Child Care Centers - Fun at Network Center Summer Camps

Are you looking for a summer camp for your school-aged child? Did you know that many of the NYS Network Child Care Centers offer summer camp typically for children ages 5 to 12? All the network summer camps are based in the child care centers, so they are conveniently located at various state worksites. 

The summer camps offer weekly themes to ensure your child will be entertained while gaining knowledge on a variety of topics in a caring environment. For a list of network child care centers offering summer camp click on the following link: Summer Camps 2019

For more information on the network child care centers, go to: Network Child Care Centers


Pre-Retirement Planning - How does Social Security calculate my benefit?

Social Security benefits are based on your lifetime earnings. Your actual earnings are adjusted or “indexed” to account for changes in average wages beginning the year the earnings were received. Then Social Security calculates your average indexed monthly earnings during the 35 years in which you earned the most. You can speak to a representative from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on business days, or in person by appointment. Call (800) 772-1213 (voice) or (800) 325-0778 (TTY), or check Social Security for the location of the office nearest you.

For more Pre-Retirement Planning information, go to: Pre-Retirement Planning Information


Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Alcohol Awareness

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents, falling injuries, drowning, and violence. Long-term unhealthy alcohol use can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, cancer, depression, and work and family difficulties. Learn more about problem drinking and how to address it.

Alcohol Screening

Alcoholics Anonymous

Al-Anon Family Groups

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)

If you think that you or a family member may have a problem with alcohol, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator, or call 800-822-0244. The agency coordinator list may be accessed at Coordinator List.

For more information about EAP, go to: Employee Assistance Program.

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit

A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment's notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in quantities to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

  • Three-day supply of water - one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation
  • Three-day supply of nonperishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger

Maintaining Your Kit

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
  • Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented, or corroded.
  • Use foods before they go bad and replace them with fresh supplies.
  • Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in the front.
  • Change stored food and water supplies every six months, making sure to write the storage date on all containers.
  • Rethink your needs every year and update your kit as your family's needs change.

Federal Emergency Management Agency, (Updated 2014, September 2).

Build a Kit. Retrieved February 2, 2015, from


Eldercare Services

The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. Since 1991, the Eldercare Locator has been linking those who need assistance with state and local agencies on aging, as well as community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers. Whether help is needed with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator is there to point that person in the right direction.

On the Eldercare Locator’s website, you can search for eldercare services in your community by entering your zip code or city and state. Questions? Call their toll-free phone number: 1-800-677-1116.

The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living.


Welcome to the Family Packet

Work-Life Services introduces the "Welcome to the Family Packet". Parenting is an exciting and challenging experience. Today's parents often face unique circumstances balancing their work and family responsibilities. As a New York State Executive Branch employee parent, you are entitled to several negotiated benefits designed to assist you with balancing work and life. The "Welcome to the Family Packet" will outline these benefits programs as well as provide educational child care and parenting brochures. We invite you to request a "Welcome to the Family Packet" if you are expecting or recently added to your family through the birth or adoption of a child. Email your request along with your name and home address to:

"Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – author unknown