COVID-19: Loneliness & Isolation Fatigue – Self-Care Strategies
Date: February 26, 2021

With in-person interactions restricted in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, individuals are faced with unique challenges such as loss of routines, isolation fatigue and loneliness. Homewood Health is hosting a webinar for U of T employees that will help increase awareness and understanding of the psychological impacts of isolation and loneliness while highlighting factors that can promote and preserve your health and well-being during the pandemic and beyond. Register for an upcoming session today!

Family Care Office: Service Update
Date: February 12, 2021

We remain open remotely and available to provide support to members of our community.  As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, we will predominately be providing our services remotely through phone and videoconferencing.  We encourage individuals to contact us by phone or email to set-up an appointment. We remain dedicated to ensuring our services remain accessible and uphold our commitment to confidentiality and privacy. Please note that we will not be taking drop-in appointments at this time. Our Office hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. To access support, we request that individuals e-mail or call (416-978-0951) to book an appointment. For more information, please visit our website at All information regarding the University’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus can be found on the University of Toronto website. Responses to many Frequently Asked Questions from the U of T community about the coronavirus are also available.

Child Care Benefit Plan Application Open
Date: January 29, 2021

The Child Care Benefit Plan is now available online through Employee Self-Service. The deadline to apply is March 18, 2021. For more information, please review the Child Care Benefit: Online Application Instructions. Please see the memo: The 2020 Child Care Benefit Application is now available for eligible faculty, librarians and staff.

Online Behaviour Guidance Series
Date: January 13, 2021

Take My Hand: Positive Guidance for Young Children

An online workshop series that will:
  • Overview of indirect guidance, positive guidance strategies, and common challenging behaviours.
  • Identify and practice using positive wording, redirection, and logical consequences.
  • Allow participants to connect through a virtual Conversation Café discussion board.
  • Locate a variety of resources for additional information.

University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome to email for the password and to access the web link for the online workshops.

HeLTI Canada Study
Date: January 1, 2021

Are you planning to have a baby in the next 3 years? Or already have a baby (0-12 months) and planning a second child? HeLTI Canada is currently conducting a study to evaluate whether a technology-based type of care can improve the health of families before pregnancy (preconception), during pregnancy, and into early childhood and prevent the development of chronic diseases. This study may have the potential to benefit children and families worldwide. They are currently recruiting women living in and around the Greater Toronto Area, Niagara region, Ottawa, or Edmonton and surroundings, who either have no children or have a child between 3-12 months of age and are planning a pregnancy within the next 3 years. If you’re interested in becoming a participant, contact: or 1-877-344-0464.