In an effort to support SPSP convention attendees who have family care responsibilities that may deter them from attending, SPSP is launching a pilot program to offer a limited number of small family care grants (up to $500 per family). These funds may be used to offset the cost of at-home care or care at the convention.
Any SPSP member with one or more dependents requiring childcare, elder care, or care due to disability, is eligible for this support. These funds are intended for members with significant financial need who might not be able to attend the convention without this support. The funds are not intended to cover routine childcare costs that a member is already paying on a day-to-day basis. Preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers or for whom attending this particular meeting is especially important for professional development (e.g., it is a critical point in the tenure trajectory, or a student or post-doc is on the job market). Only one caregiver per family may apply. Those who have received a travel award to attend the convention for 2019 are not eligible.
Applicants should complete the brief application form by November 15, 2018. Decisions will be announced by December 1 (in time for the December 5th earlybird deadline). If you have questions about the grants or the application, please contact the Convention Committee through Lisa Jaremka (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SPSP does not provide childcare services onsite at the annual convention. The Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau recommended the following childcare providers:
WeVillage Flexible Childcare: The Pearl (Drop-In)
1024 N.W. Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97209-2904
Description: WeVillage is a safe, fun and happy place away from home. So, whether your children spend an hour a month with us or 25 hours a week, they will leave with some new tidbit of knowledge that bolsters what they are learning in school or home. Of course, they'll leave with a big 'ol smile too.
WeVillage Northeast Portland (Drop-In)
1901 N.E. Broadway St.
Portland, OR 97232
Grandma’s Place (Drop-In)
1730 N. Flint St.
Portland, OR 97232
Description: Adjacent to the Rose Garden, our center offers easy downtown and Lloyd Center access. We're delighted to offer our parents complimentary Tri-Met Park and Ride privileges. We not only have a large, outdoor play area, but an organic garden for our children.
Per SPSP’s registration policies, all attendees over the age of 18 must be registered to attend the meeting. If you are bringing a minor (anyone under the age of 18) to the convention, they must be supervised and accompanied by a registered attendee at all times in all spaces of the convention to include social events and the exhibit hall.
For information about how to register a guest over the age of 18, please visit our guest registration page.
Private nursing space is available for nursing mothers in the VIPB room in the Oregon Convention Center from 8 AM to 6 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Refrigeration, restrooms, and changing facilities are available there. To gain access, please pick up a key from the Registration/Information desk.