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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

Protecting Children from the Sun

Your children’s skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life.

Seek shade: UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened.

Cover up: When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor.

Get a hat: Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don’t protect their ears and neck. If your child chooses a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.

Wear sunglasses: They protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.

Apply sunscreen: Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, nose, lips, and the tops of feet. Reapply every two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or exercises. This applies to waterproof and water-resistant products as well.

Follow the directions on the package for using a sunscreen product on babies less than six months old. Your baby’s best defense against sunburn is avoiding the sun or staying in the shade. Keep in mind, sunscreen is not meant to allow kids to spend more time in the sun than they would otherwise. Try combining sunscreen with other options to prevent UV damage.

Turning pink: Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. So, if your child’s skin looks “a little pink” today, it may be burned tomorrow morning. To prevent further burning, get your child out of the sun.

Cool and cloudy: Children still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage. Clouds do not block UV rays; they filter them and sometimes only slightly. Kids often get sunburned when they are outdoors unprotected for longer than expected. Remember to plan ahead and keep sun protection handy.

Information Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For information on the Network Child Care Centers, go to: Network Child Care Centers


Pre-Retirement Planning

Estimate Your Pension in Retirement Online

Most New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) members can now create their own pension estimate in minutes using Retirement Online. Retirement Online estimate is based on the most up-to-date account information that the NYSLRS has on file for you. You can enter different retirement dates to see how those choices would affect your benefit. When you’re done, you can print your pension estimate or save it for future reference.

How to Create Your Pension Estimate

Before you can use the new pension calculator, you will need Retirement Online account. Once you sign in, go to the My Account Summary section of your account homepage and click the Estimate my Pension Benefit button.

You can enter an estimated retirement date (or retirement age), your current salary and expected annual salary increases. You can also include any service credit you plan to purchase and anticipated lump sum payment for unused vacation. If you add the birthdate for a beneficiary, you’ll also see the estimated monthly payment you would receive if you were to choose a payment option that provides a benefit for a survivor. Any pension estimate you generate with the online calculator would approximate your potential benefit; it is not a guarantee that you’ll receive a certain amount when you retire.

Alternative Ways to Get an Estimate

While more than 90 percent of NYSLRS members (most Tier 3 through 6 members) can use the new benefit calculator, some members should have NYSLRS generate their benefit estimate.

For example, if you recently transferred your membership to NYSLRS or are covered under certain special plans, it would be better if NYSLRS created an estimate for you. The system will notify you if your estimate cannot be completed using the Retirement Online estimate tool. Please contact NYSLRS to request a pension estimate if you receive this notification. Also, if you are in Tiers 1 through 4, you can still use the Quick Calculator on the NYSLRS website. The Quick Calculator generates estimates based on information you provide.

For Pre-Retirement Planning information, go to: Pre-Retirement Planning.


2020 School-Age Summer Care at NYS Network Centers

Several of the NYS Network Child Care Centers throughout the State provide full-day programs for school-age children.  Enrollment priority is given to state employees’ children. Please contact each center below that is offering school-age summer opportunities directly for registration and program details.

Albany/Capital District:

  • Capital Milestones Child Care Center, Harriman Campus (518) 457-3020
  • Children’s Place at the Plaza, Empire Plaza Albany (518) 473-7112
  • Cobleskill Campus Child Care, SUNY Cobleskill Campus (518) 255-5854

Buffalo Region:

  • Brockport Child Development Center, SUNY Brockport (585) 395-2273
  • Buffalo State College Child Care Center, SUNY Buffalo (716) 878-5335
  • Campus and Community Children’s Center, SUNY Fredonia (716) 673-4662
  • University at Buffalo Child Care Center, University at Buffalo (716) 829-2226

Hudson Valley Region:

  • Care 4 Me, Fishkill Correctional Facility (845) 838-3830
  • The Jan & Niles Davies Learning Center (TLC), Helen Hayes Hospital (845) 786-4595

Long Island Region:

  • The Children’s Center at Farmingdale State College, SUNY Farmingdale (631) 420-2125

Mid-State Region:

  • The Children’s Center at Morrisville State College, SUNY Morrisville (315) 684-6400

North Country Region:

  • SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center, SUNY Potsdam (315) 267-2391

Southern Tier Region:

  • Chemung Valley Early Care and Learning Center, Elmira PC, Horseheads Site (607) 795-4430
  • Delhi Campus Child Care Center, SUNY Delhi (607) 746-4710

If you are paying for child care for a child under the age of 13 so that you and your spouse (if you are married) can work and you are not enrolled in the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount), you should consider enrolling. Please visit or call 1-800-358-7202 and select option 2 to discuss your eligibility for the Employer Contribution and how this valuable, money-saving employee benefit can help with camp expenses.

For help finding other camp programs, contact your EAP Coordinator. Contact information may be found at

For additional details on all 31 NYS network child care centers, please visit or email [email protected].


Welcome to the Family Packet

Work-Life Services offers a Welcome to the Family Packet. Raising a child is an exciting and challenging experience. Today’s families often face unique circumstances trying to balance their work and family responsibilities. As a New York State Executive Branch employee, 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 benefit programs as well as provide informative resources to support you through the rewarding experience of raising a child. We invite you to request a Welcome to the Family Packet for yourself or a family member who has recently welcomed a child into their family. Email your request along with your name and home mailing address to: [email protected].

For more information on the Network Child Care Centers, go to: Network Child Care Centers.


Elder Care Resources

Are you caring for an elderly family member or close friend?

Today’s families face unique circumstances trying to balance the responsibilities of caring for an elderly loved one while managing other demands. Work-Life Services now offers Caring for Your Elderly Loved One, an educational resource packet for employees who are caring for an elderly person. The packet includes a comprehensive guide to resources for older New Yorkers as well as information about memory loss, legal and financial planning for people with Alzheimer’s disease, older drivers, Medicare, long-distance caregiving, advanced care planning, end of life decisions, and much more. 

To request a Caring for Your Elderly Loved One educational resource packet, click on the email link under Contact Us on the left side of the Work-Life Services homepage or email [email protected] to request the educational resource packet. You will need to provide your name and home mailing address.