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Childcare and Family Resources

TAGC 2020 is excited to welcome parents, caregivers, and their children!

On-site Childcare

On-site childcare will be available for a fee at TAGC 2020. More information will be available soon.

Childcare and Dependent Grant Opportunities

GSA members attending TAGC 2020 are eligible to apply for a grant to cover child- or dependent-care costs incurred due to meeting attendance. Applications are due December 13, 2019. Awards will be announced in February 2020. Learn more »

Nursing Rooms

Two nursing rooms will be available for use at TAGC 2020, one on the atrium level of the hotel and one in the meeting space. Learn more »

Parents in Science Meetup

A meetup for Parents in Science will be held during the morning coffee break on Thursday, April 23rd, 10:00–10:30 AM.

Parents in Science Slack

Join the Parents in Science Slack to socialize and share resources with other parent scientists. Learn More »

Guidelines

TAGC 2020 welcomes attendees with children! Children are allowed in keynote, concurrent, and poster sessions; this includes babywearing of young children.

To ensure the safety of all children in attendance and to create a productive and fulfilling meeting atmosphere for all attendees, we ask all parents and caregivers to abide by the following guidelines:

  • Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult in all meeting areas.
  • Parents and caregivers should do their best to ensure that children are not disruptive to any sessions they attend (including poster sessions). Large sessions will have seating at the back of the room reserved for attendees with children to allow for easy access into and out of the room. These seats will be clearly marked.
  • For safety reasons, children are not allowed in the exhibit/poster hall during set-up or break-down times.

Resources

Inclusion of resources in this list does not constitute endorsement by the Genetics Society of America.

Questions for the Conference Childcare Committee?

On the Blog

Community Voices

Welcoming Children to TAGC 2020

Increasing support for parents in science means making conferences more child-friendly. Guest post by Elisabeth Marnik and Julie Claycomb, members of the GSA Conference Childcare Committee. The scientific community works on the cutting edge. We implement new techniques and methods as soon as we can with the understanding that—though there may be challenges along the […]

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Community Voices

How can we make scientific conferences better for parents?

Guest post by Tânia Reis, Chair of GSA’s Conference Childcare Committee, on barriers to conference participation and how we can address them. I’m a Scientist. I’m a Mom. I couldn’t pick one over the other; half of me would be missing. I am lucky I have never had to choose. Yet, there were and are […]

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by Guest Author

Community Voices

Oh, Baby, the Conferences You’ll Go!

A member of GSA’s Conference Childcare Committee presents an overview of childcare resources available at scientific conferences. Guest post by Madhumala K. Sadanandappa. Recently, I received an email from the Genetics Society of America (GSA) regarding my interest in being a part of the Conference Childcare Committee that aims to tackle the childcare-conference conundrum as outlined […]

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