The IMS Child Care Initiative is designed to encourage and support the participation at IMS Annual Meetings of IMS members who have child care responsibilities. This year’s IMS Annual Meeting takes place at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Montreal, Canada, from August 3–8, 2013. The IMS will reimburse members 80% of the costs of privately-arranged child care (for a dependent under the age of 13) at JSM, up to a maximum of US$250 per family. Priority will be given to those presenting papers or posters at the meeting.

A letter requesting funds must be submitted to IMS Executive Director, Elyse Gustafson, at the IMS office (see below for address) by June 1. The letter should include:
• the member’s name and email address,
• copy of meeting registration, and (if applicable) receipt for abstract submission,
• projected amount of child care expenses for the time of the meeting.

After the meeting, submit a complete receipt showing total cost of child care, dates of care and names and birth dates of dependents; and the member’s name and address.

If, instead of hiring a child care provider, the member choses to bring an unpaid family member/friend to the JSM to provide child care, the IMS can reimburse 80% of the cost of travel, up to $250.