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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

New York’s 529 College Savings Program

Whether you're a parent, grandparent, or someone with a special child in your life, New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan can make saving easier.

Flexible use of savings

  • Save for a child, grandchild, friend, or even yourself
  • Use at an eligible two or four-year college, vocational/technical school, or graduate school     anywhere in the U.S. or abroad
  • Use for tuition, certain room and board expenses, books, supplies, etc.

Tax benefits

  • Earnings grow federally tax deferred
  • Qualified withdrawals are federally tax-free
  • You can contribute up to $75,000 in a single year ($150,000 if married filing jointly) for each beneficiary, without incurring federal gift taxes as long as you don’t make any other gifts to the same beneficiary for five years.

Additional tax benefits for New York taxpayers

  • New York taxpayers can deduct up to $5,000 ($10,000 for a married couple filing jointly) in contributions to the Direct Plan on their state income tax return each year.

Easy to get started

  • Open an account with any amount you choose – there is no minimum contribution amount

For more information on NY’s 529 College Savings Program, go to:

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


Employee Assistance Program: Changing Conflict into Solutions

Conflict can be a naturally-occurring consequence of social interaction and interpersonal communication. Since we spend so much time with our co-workers, it’s normal that conflict can occur in the workplace. Many of us avoid conflict because we fear that it will result in hurt feelings, damaged relationships, or other negative outcomes. However, personal differences and diverse communication styles are normal in a healthy work environment and finding more common ground can improve work relationships and team productivity.

Ongoing relationship tension simply signals a need for change in perception, behavior, positions, or interests in others. If we are willing to address the need with a genuine desire to resolve the issue, we can take the energy that is generated during conflict and use it to create a more positive change at work. Before you address the problem, ask yourself these questions: What is the real issue? What do I want to say? How am I going to say it? When should I say it? What if the discussion doesn’t produce a solution?

For additional information, assessment and referral services for relationship challenges in the workplace or any other issue, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator.


Pre-Retirement Planning

Pre-Retirement Planning Videos

A series of short videos – Planning Your Successful Retirement Video Guide, highlighting key information from the popular DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars are available. Designed for executive branch employees, the 23 videos were created in partnership with the Office of the State Comptroller, the Department of Civil Service, the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan, and the Social Security Administration. For a full list of the 23 videos and to view each video, go to:

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


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.