Parents who work for the Illinois Department of Public Health can take their newborns to work.
The Infant at Work pilot program allows mothers, fathers, and legal guardians to bring infants between four weeks and six months old to work with them, if their job duties and locations allow.
“The Infant at Work program will provide numerous benefits for participants, including healthy infant brain development, parental well-being, and critical bonding,” says IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.
The IDPH says similar programs around the country have been successful. It’s designed to lower daycare costs, increase family supports, provide new mothers with more opportunities for breastfeeding, and let fathers be more involved with their babies. IDPH also says the program decreases the amount of time parents are away from work and helps them adjust to returning to work.
Those participating in the pilot program will have evaluations with supervisors to assess their satisfaction with the program. After two years, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services will evaluate whether the program could work with other state agencies.