UC Santa Barbara strives to live up to our reputation as Santa Barbara’s “Best Place to Work” by supporting faculty, staff, and students, in the pursuit of a fully integrated life. The university offers programs, policies, referrals and education that enable people to be effective, engaged and satisfied at work, school, and home.
Please note that we do not recommend or endorse any particular non-university resource on this page; however, we do endorse the careful review and evaluation of services that best meet the needs of your family. If you need support finding resources for yourself or your family, have resources or events that you would like included on this page, or if you have any feedback about this page, please contact the Work-Life Resource Coordinator.
The following links will take you to articles and resources curated for you based on your needs at this time. We hope that you find them useful. For additional support and information please email Shira Minerd, Work-Life Resource Coordinator.
Working from home - Tips, tricks, and resources
- 9 Tips to be Productive when Working at Home During COVID-19
- Navigating Our New Normal: 3 Strategies for Calm & Control While Working from Home | Webinar Recording
- Working Remote | Forbes collection of articles and resources
- How to Work From Home…With Joy
Working from home - with Kids
- Working From Home With Kids, 5 Action Steps For Leaders, Managers, And Employees
- Free weekly group coaching calls for working parents from WRK360. Wednesdays at 10am
- Set Expectations! With your Spouse, your manager, and your kids.
- How Working Parents Can Support One Other
Childcare & Eldercare Services
- Bright Horizons Care Advantage® benefit gives eligible UC employees free access to Sittercity's comprehensive database of babysitters, nannies, elder companions, pet sitters, and housekeepers. Note to represented employees: This benefit is subject to collective bargaining. Please review the Bargaining Units & Contracts page on UCnet to see your current contract.
- If you or someone you know fall under the category of essential worker and need childcare, please contact the Santa Barbara County Education Office’s Child Care Planning Council Coordinator at 805-964-4711 x 4473 or Children’s Resource and Referral of Santa Barbara County in Santa Barbara 805-963-6631 or Santa Maria at 805-925-7071.
- https://www.myfamily.ucsb.edu/ has additional resources to address your childcare needs.
- If you cannot find childcare due to COVID-19 school closures, you may be eligible for a variety of leave types. Please refer to HR's Leave of Absence webpage for more information.
- Balancing Work and Elder Care through the coronavirus crisis | Harvard Business Review article
- AARP Resources for Caregivers and their families
- Eldercare Resources | National Alliance for Caregiving
- Eldercare Locator | Public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connects to services for older adults and their families. 1-800-677-1116.
- Atlas of Care connects personal and professional scientific inquiry with community-based development theories and practices. They design experiences and practical tools that help people see, connect, and collectively inquire about their care (giving and receiving) activities in everyday life.
- Free bagged meals for children 18 years old and younger may be picked up at various sites in Santa Barbara County. Visit your local school district website for exact locations: Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Goleta, Hope, Lompoc, Orcutt, Santa Maria
- The FoodBank of Santa Barbara County has temporarily expanded distribution sites for fresh produce and other groceries.
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) gives students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to invest in an organic farmer from Goleta, John Givens, and get a fresh box of produce weekly. As a CSA member, you receive boxes of fresh, seasonal and organic produce, reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to transporting food, reduce solid waste due to less packaging, and aid community building through supporting a local business. For more information and to sign up visit: Something Good Organics
Home Learning Resources for the Kids, and for you
- Bright Horizons World at Home | Infant Activities
Toddlers through Pre-School
- PBS offers free access to activities for kids and parenting information
- Pipilo is a collection of bilingual audio stories based on nature connection and emotional intelligence.
- Bright Horizons World at Home | Toddler & Pre-K Activities
- Santa Barbara Unified has created Learning at Home to provide resources and recommendations for students to continue learning at home while school is closed. También disponible en Español: Santa Barbara Unified.
- How to Homeschool During the Coronavirus Crisis with Free Resources Today show
- Scholastic is offering free day-by-day activities for remote learning for children PreK-12 (focus on PreK-6th grade)
- A homeschooling parent’s how-to guide for keeping everyone happy + engaged | Motherly blog
- Bright Horizons World at Home | Activities for school age children
Junior High & High School
Personal & Professional Development
- UC's Online High School with classes to meet all UC/CSU entrance requirements. https://www.ucscout.org/
For Learners of All Ages
- Sign up for the UCSB Arts And Lectures email list at http://ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu to receive new content, clips from the A&L archive, and a curated selection of arts and ideas, all accessible online.
- Google Arts and Culture provides a collection of online exhibits and tours of museums and artwork from around the world
- Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (non-profit) offers free resources for interactive online learning
- Work on Life Skills for Children Ages 2-18, you know, that stuff your always think you should teach your child before they grow up and move away? Busykidshappymom.org
- Borrow books, audiobooks, movies, comics, films, magazines, and online courses electronically at www.SBPLibrary.org/eLibrary
- Kanopy- Stream and watch on your computer or install the Kanopy app to view or listen on your mobile device. Here’s how to get started: 1. Go to sbpl.kanopy.com and create an account by clicking on the orange Sign Up button. 2. Go to your email account to verify your email address. 3. Add your library card number 4. Start watching videos
- Hoopla- Stream on your computer or install the hoopla app to view or listen on your mobile device. Learn more here!
- RBDigital- Read online or install the RBDigital app to download titles to your mobile device. Learn more here!
Mental Health & Wellness Resources during COVID-19
- Resources to Support Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak | UCSF Department of Psychiatry
- How School Closures Can Strengthen Your Family | UC Berkeley Greater Good
- Talking to Children about COVID-19 | Bright Horizons
- Sesame Street Coronavirus Townhall | CNN & Sesame Street
- Coronavirus Disease Resources for Older Adults, Family Caregivers and Health Care Providers | John A Hartford Foundation
- Mental Health & Coping During COVID-19 | CDC
- Feeling anxiety about coronavirus? | A psychologist from UCSF offers tips to stay clearheaded
- TED Connects: Community and Hope is a free, live, daily conversation series featuring experts whose ideas can help us reflect and work through this uncertain time with a sense of responsibility, compassion and wisdom.
- Mindful Stretching 5/26/2020 from10:00am-11:00am | Presented by Kaiser Permanente The power and purpose behind mindful stretching. The connection between body, mind, & heart. Actively stretch the upper and lower body. Learn to stretch while sitting and standing
- Laughter is the Best Medicine 6/3/2020 from 12:00pm-1:00pm | Presented by Kaiser Permamente
How laughter changes as humans age. What laughter brings to our overall health. Types of humor theories. Where to find laughter during your day. Create a behavior plan to experience a good laugh on the daily.
- The Power of Gratitude: 6/10/2020 from 12:00pm-1:00pm | Presented by Kaiser Permamente. The research behind gratitude practice. Develop a knowledge of the physical and psychosocial benefits of gratitude. Practice the top 5 ways to actively be thankful. Create a plan to incorporate gratitude daily.
- 10 Self Compassion Practices for Covid-19
Resources for those who may be grieving
- Hospice of Santa Barbara | COVID-19 Resources in English & Spanish
- Modern Loss: Online community for all grievers
- Dougy Center: For grieving children
- Compassionate Friends: For grieving parents
- Motherless Daughters: For women who have lost a mom
- Soaring Spirits International: For widows and widowers
- "On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss" by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
- "It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand" by Megan Devine
- "Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief" by Joanne Cacciatore
- "Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief" by Tom Zuba
- "Anxiety the Missing Stage of Grief" by Claire Bidwell Smith
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- One More Time with Feeling
- Truly Madly Deeply
- P.S. I Love You
Further resources for loss during COVID-19
- Nurture.co: Provides various resources for those looking for support with loss under COVID-19 circumstances.
- GatheringUs | Facilitates virtual funerals and memorial services.
- LifeWeb360 | Online memorials. Remember and celebrate the life of a loved one.
- KudoBoard | Online memorials and celebrations of life
- Reimagine | Monthly online candlelight vigils to honor the memory of those we have lost to COVID-19.
Recursos en Español para COVID-19
- Centro de Llamadas Bilingüe de el Condado de Santa Bárbara: Coronavirus
- Equipo de ayuda del Santa Barbara Support Network - español
- Centros para el control y la prevencion de enfermedades
- Aprendiendo en Casa: Recursos para las Familias
- Rosa Contra el Virus. Cuento para explicar el coronavirus
- Libro para Colorear y Explicar Coronavirus a los Niñxs
- Pipilo es una colección de audio historias bilingües basadas en conexión con la naturaleza e inteligencia emocional.
For Managers & Supervisors
We have collected a large number of resources for faculty, staff, and students on the My Family Resources page. Resources include Child Care, Summer Camps, backup care, elder care, nutrition and housing information, social support, and policies. Click on the appropriate link below to see more!
Lactation & Breastfeeding Support
The University of California recognizes the importance and benefits of of breastfeeding for both mothers and their infants. UCSB is committed to providing the information and support needed if you choose to breastfeed or express milk. Please refer to the Lactation Support Program Page for on and off campus resources.
Nutrition Resources: Free food services, plus healthy shopping and delivery options.
- Healthy Campus Network The Healthy Campus Network at UCSB is a group whose mission is to promote the overall health and well-being of staff, faculty and students.
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at UCSB: CSA at UCSB gives students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to invest in an organic farmer from Goleta, John Givens, and get a fresh box of produce weekly. The benefits of CSA are numerous. As a CSA member, you receive boxes of fresh, seasonal and organic produce, reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to transporting food, reduce solid waste due to less packaging, and aid community building through supporting a local business. You can choose from two box sizes, regular or large. The boxes are dropped off every Wednesday at the UCSB Ocean Science Education Building, 514, MC 6155 3pm - 6pm For more information and to sign up visit: Something Good Organics
- Free bagged meals for children 18 years old and younger may be picked up at various sites in Santa Barbara County. Visit your local school district website for exact locations
- The FoodBank of Santa Barbara County has temporarily expanded distribution sites for fresh produce and other groceries.
- These Grocery Stores are offering special shopping hours for those most at risk for COVID-19
- A number of Restaurants and grocery stores are now offering takeout and delivery options, please click HERE for a curated list in the Santa Barbara area.
Health & Wellness
- Guidance on Pregnancy & Breastfeeding for COVID-19 | CDC
The Work-Life Resources Program partners with other campus organizations and departments to pursue "whole person" wellness for all university employees. UC Santa Barbara has a wide range of programs and services that support our community of faculty, staff and students with work/life concerns.
UC Living Well
UC Living Well provides activities and resources to help faculty, staff and retirees reach their wellness goals. For more information, see the UC Living Well website.
Gaucho REC (Recreation & Excercise Classes) are once or twice weekly throughout the day and evening. Classes are open to UCSB faculty, staff, students, alumni, affiliates and community members.
Learn more about these classes.
Recreation Wellness Programs
The UCSB Recreation center offers several programs specifically geared towards Faculty & Staff to keep you moving and fit:
- Walk UCSB
- Power Walk
- Fit For Life
- L.I.F.E. Circuit Class
- Eat Right UCSB
Take a walk on your break!
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgement, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment. Mindfulness practice is an evidence-based program used to enhance wellness by teaching individuals how to engage and sustain their nonjudgmental awareness and attention in daily life.
- UCLA Health Mindful Awareness Research Center Free Guided Meditations (in Spanish & English)
- Sound Baths to listen to at work.
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION TIPS
- Many meditations focus on the breath. Not because there is anything special about it, but because the physical sensation of breathing is always there and you can use it as an anchor to the present moment.
- Throughout your meditation, you may find yourself caught up in thoughts, emotions, sounds—wherever your mind goes, simply come back again to the next breath. Even if you only come back once, that’s okay.
These confidential services provide support for the various situations which may occur during your employment and/or studies:
Tobacco and Smoking Cessation
UC is committed to helping Faculty, Staff and Retirees quit smoking.
Workplace Flexibility & Community Building
- Flexible Work Arrangements, Compressed Work Week, Flextime, Telework Policy and Laws
- ERIT (Staff Only)
Find staff organizations, campus events, and get life tasks done on campus by getting connected, engaged and involved with UC Santa Barbara!
Financial Resources & Housing Information
Seven out of ten American workers say financial stress is their most common cause of stress. Financial pressures can impact productivity, engagement, absence rates, retention and even employee health. Financial Stress is listed as the #1 stressor for U.S. adults for the 7th year in a row according to the 2015 American Psychological Association annual Stress in America report. 20% of employees report that issues with personal finances have been a distraction at work. 37% say that at work each week, they spend three hours or more thinking about or dealing with issues related to their personal finances. University of California offers free financial education classes to all employees and each campus has a dedicated Fidelity financial educator who can do group presentations to your unit/department covering a wide range of topics relevant to your staff.
Financial & Savings Resources includes information about the College Savings Plan, Emergency Loans, Tuition Assistance, Loan Forgiveness Program, and general financial planning and assistance.
Work-Life Balance & Integration
For more resources for all campus employees please visit https://www.myfamily.ucsb.edu/