Did you see the announcement in the most recent ESA news blast?
ESA is excited to announce a new child care grant program for this year's Annual Meeting. Small grants of up to $400 per family are available for Entomology 2014 attendees who may be bringing small children to the Annual Meeting or who incur additional expenses in leaving their children at home. Find out more about the Child Care Grant Program. Be sure to apply by Friday, September 5.
Some of you may remember a child care experiment tried a couple of years ago, which turned out to be unsustainable. This new program is modeled after one from the American Association of Physics Teachers. We want to know what you think and whether you think you might apply, if not this year, then in the future. Even though this year's grants are currently capped at $400 each, we don't know how closely this aligns with what families experience in leaving their children at home with extra child care or bringing them to the meetings with them. Please, if you apply for a grant this year, take the time to let ESA know what you think your actual costs would be and how the current $400 might make a difference. If you have other ideas about how to make this program more effective, please comment here or on your application.
We are excited that this program is being offered this year for Entomology 2014!!