CHI 2018 values that many attendees are parents and caregivers and provide various options to support attendance at CHI 2018 by attendees with families, including a child pass, on-site childcare, and a nursing room.
To provide access to the conference centre and to make your kids feel welcome at CHI 2018, we are including a $10 “child pass” for kids 0-18 to accompany their parents. This pass provides access to the convention centre and to the reception on Monday for children who are accompanied by their parents. All children that will be coming on site to the conference will require this pass, including those using childcare. We will use the child pass registrations to communicate information to parents. Attendees can register for a child pass on the CHI Registration site when they register themselves, or at any time thereafter, including on-site.
The CHI 2018 conference chairs and family chairs are happy to support on-site childcare at this year’s event. The program is partially subsidized by the conference and its generous sponsors.
Childcare is provided by KiddieCorp, a professional on-site childcare service for conferences and events, which has worked with ACM and SIGCHI in the past (e.g., at CHI2016 in San Jose, CHI2001 in Seattle). Children will have a large common room with toys, snacks, and on-site activities such as crafts, construction toys, tiny tikes toys, books. The KiddieCorp team members are uniformed, qualified, screened, and experienced employees who have completed the KiddieCorp training program. KiddieCorp offers childcare in English.
Childcare will be available from Monday, April 23 through Thursday, April 26 at the cost of up to $10/hour USD (the cost is partially contingent on the number of sign-ups but we can guarantee that the price will not exceed $10/hr). The hours of care will be during technical sessions, but not during the lunch break or evening networking events. Reservation of childcare spots will be on a first-come first-served basis, and payment at the time of registration for childcare is required. Limited on-site registration for childcare may be available. Childcare is available for children 6 months to 12 years old.
The CHI 2018 registration page will be used for attendees to indicate interest in childcare. KiddieCorp will contact attendees to confirm childcare registration and set up payment.
Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we are unable to provide childcare during the weekend.
CHI 2018 will provide a quiet, private nursing room for feeding and changing. The nursing room will have a changing table, nursing chairs, a play mat, a kettle, and a fridge to store milk.
Other Childcare Options
Attendees who are looking for babysitting services beyond what CHI 2018 can offer (e.g., for evening events, or during weekend workshops) can inquire with a local nanny service called Service des Génies. They work with qualified college students for on-site babysitting services. While this service is not sponsored by CHI 2018, Service des Génies works with international hotel chains in Montreal to offer such services. Contact Catherine Feuillarade at email@example.com for information. There also may be attendees interested in doing babysitting swaps – please check the HCI parent Facebook group for more information.
We will be updating this page with additional details (e.g., location of nursing room, map of washrooms with changing tables) as we approach CHI 2018, so look back often for new information!
Please see the blog post on supporting attendees with families at CHI 2018.
For questions, please contact Jon Froehlich and Audrey Girouard, the CHI 2018 Family Chairs.