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X-Country Ski Passes on sale now!

It's never too early to plan for this winter. Soon the snow will be falling, so buy your XC Ski Passes and save some money. Download an application here and send it in soon.

For more information about all the things Outdoor Programs Office does, click here.  

SIGN UP - Women's Self-Defense Begins 11/18

There's still time to sign up for this upcoming women's self-defense course! The first session will be held at Thayer on November 18th from 4:00 -- 8:00 PM. There will be three more 3-hour sessions held weekly thereafter; commitment to all sessions is a must. Schedule and details can be viewed here.  Cost for Dartmouth employees is $20.  Send your questions and/or register by emailing

Interested in Weight Watchers at Work?

A new 17-week series began in October.  Meets Thursdays at 12 PM.  Email Barbara Belloir ( if you're interested in joining.

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New Parents

Get facts and get support—especially for new parents.

Learn about support, child care and some fun apps to help make taking care of baby a little easier.

Benefits Policies on Parental Leave

  • Birth mothers are entitled to eight weeks of paid leave time.
  • Employees (non faculty, non-union) who are spouses, partners, and adoptive parents are also eligible for two weeks of paid parental leave.
  • The two-week paid leave may be taken immediately following birth or adoption or at any time during the first year of becoming a parent. Leave time can be taken all at once, intermittently, or incrementally (e.g., mother easing back into work on a part-time basis), with prior approval from the supervisor.
  • In order to be eligible for paid parental leave, the employee must be employed at the college at the time of the birth or adoption.

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Working Mom's Group

Looking to meet with other working mothers? Once a month, the Working Moms meet for a casual lunch discussion. Vent, share ideas, ask advice, or just socialize—anything related to a working mother is up for discussion! Pregnancy experiences, child care options, feeding choices, potty training—the Working Moms are ready to talk and to help. Mothers in the group may be expectant, have an infant, balancing work demands with kids' school programs and activities, or preparing for the empty nest---everyone is welcome!

Contact with questions or to be added to the email list.

Dartmouth Child Care

Providing a warm, stimulating, safe daytime childcare environment for the children of Dartmouth personnel is the mission of the Dartmouth College Child Care Center.

Any child can be admitted to an age-appropriate group if a parent/guardian is employed by Dartmouth College and eligible for employee benefits. Within each group, enrollment is first-come, first-served. Enrollment can be for two full days weekly or for more. The DHMC's Child Care Center also has 19 spaces available. Fees and enrollment policies are the same for both centers.

Enrollment Information:

The Family Handbook from Dartmouth College Child Care Center details what you need to know to work with your child.

Best iPhone Apps for Parents:

Baby Brain App Baby Brain stores unlimited data about your baby's (or babies'!) activities. Keep track of feeding times, sleeping patterns, diaper changes, medicine schedules and more.
iBear Baby iBear Baby lets you store photos, track weight and growth, record trips to the doctor and medical advice, and document "first-time events" such as rolling over, crawling, and walking. You can even record baby talk with the newest feature!
Baby Pack & Go App Baby Pack & Go provides a travel checklist for parents and caregivers on the go. It's easy to add in any item (terrycloth bunny, favorite bedtime book) not already in the extensive catalogue.
Babyphone App Babyphone lets you know when baby wakes up. At a higher sensitivity setting, the app calls your preset phone number if baby even rolls over.
MagicSleep App MagicSleep recreates the sounds your baby heard when still inside the womb. The soothing, familiar rhythms not only help baby—and you!—fall asleep more quickly, but also promises to deepen sleep.

External Resources:

  • The Cradle features a simple-to-use question-and-answer style to address common issues. Pregnant or new parents may particularly welcome the eco-friendly emphasis. Bonus feature: a database of more than 50,000 games that you can play with baby!
  • Wholesome Baby Food features recipes from fresh, organic products.
  • Baby Center, aimed at expectant parents, offers coupons, tracking programs, articles, and more.

Last Updated: 9/8/12