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Phone: 610-526-5261

Human Resources
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Mapping Address:
140 Morris Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Fax: 610-526-7478
(Recruitment, General)
Fax: 610-526-7850
(Director, Benefits, HRIS)

Parents in a Pinch

The College now offers a program to faculty and staff that provides in-home backup childcare and adult care at a subsidized hourly rate. The care is provided in your home or in the home of the adult needing care.

Backup care is available during the day or evening, seven days a week. Services are provided by Parents in a Pinch, Inc.,

Backup Childcare

Backup childcare can be used in situations such as

  • During school vacations and holidays
  • When your child is ill and cannot go to school or to childcare
  • When you have to work late or on weekends
  • When your childcare provider goes on vacation, is ill, or quits unexpectedly
  • Anytime you have a gap in your regularly scheduled childcare arrangements and you need to work

FAQs, In-Home Backup Childcare

Screening of Childcare Providers

Tips for Working With a Temporary Caregiver

Nanny Check Service

Backup Adult Care

Backup adult care can be used in situations such as

  • When a family member needs assistance with dressing, bathing and ambulation and the regular care provider is unavailable
  • When a family member is waiting for an opening in an assisted living facility
  • When a family member needs help getting to doctor’s appointments
  • When a family member is recuperating at home from surgery
  • When an elder family member is getting confused and needs a watchful eye
  • Anytime when you have a gap in your family care arrangements
  • When you need assistance due to an illness

FAQs, In-Home Backup Adult Care

More About Situations to Use Backup Adult Care


Care is available day or evening of any day, but you must call Parents in a Pinch during their business hours to arrange for care. Sometimes they can locate a caregiver in as little as an hour or two, but the more time you give them the more likely they can make a successful match.

Twenty-four hours is usually sufficient notice for child care.  Please allow as much notice a possible for adult care, which may require an assessment visit prior to services.

  • Call Parents in a Pinch at 800-688-4697 ext. 114
  • Identify yourself as an employee of Bryn Mawr College and discuss your caregiver needs
  • Parents in a Pinch will identify a caregiver who meets your needs and call you with this information
  • The caregiver will call you to confirm the details
  • Once the care is completed for the day, your credit card will be charged
  • Hours to call:
    Monday - Thursday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Costs and Limitations

The College is subsidizing some of the cost of this service to offer you a more reasonable hourly rate.

  • Cost:  $9.00 per hour
  • 4 hour minimum per day, so a $36 minium charge per day
  • You may use a maximum of 20 days of backup care each calendar year
  • You may not use more than two consecutive weeks at a time or use this benefit for ongoing care

You can call their toll-free number, 800-688-4697, for questions about the service as well as to arrange care.