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Monthly Program Updates

EAP, DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning, and Child Care resources

Monthly Program Updates

                                      Pre-Retirement Planning Information
Social Security Administration

Should I use direct deposit for my Social Security check?

Using direct deposit for your monthly Social Security check is safe, secure, and convenient. You will get your benefits on time, even if you're out of town, sick, or unable to get to the bank.

Remember to review your Social Security Statement each year for accuracy.

This is a very useful planning document because it includes a summary of estimated retirement, disability, and survivor benefits you and your family may receive based on your earnings.

For more information on your Social Security benefits go to or call (800) 772-1213.

For additional Social Security information, go to the Self-Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning, Chapter 11 at: Self-Help Guide.

For Pre-Retirement Planning information, go to: DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning Information.


NYS Network Child Care Center Highlight

This month we are spotlighting the Wee Care at Labor Child Care Center.

Wee Care at Labor began offering child care services in 1990. The Center serves children and families of State employees and the community at large. All State employees receive enrollment priority.

The Center, located on the W.A. Harriman State Office Campus in Albany, offers care for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.

Wee Care has an open-door policy for parents who are always welcome to visit their children. The Center’s dedicated and experienced staff provides children with age-appropriate curricula and developmentally appropriate activities.

Some Quick Facts About Wee Care at Labor:

  • The Center is open year-around, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. 
  • The Center has a licensed capacity of 84 children. 
  • The program provides healthy food choices for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

For additional information, contact the Center at (518) 485-7591 or at: [email protected].

For a full list of the NYS Network Child Care Centers and additional child care information, go to: NYS Network Child Care Centers.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to, about one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue and about one in six young people experienced a depressive episode in 2020. Two websites that provide resources to assist people experiencing mental health challenges are and is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), which is an agency within U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  They offer information about mental health myths and facts, recovery, and types of mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, eating disorders, etc.) The website also offers suggestions on how parents, caregivers, friends, educators, community members, and faith leaders can help people with mental health problems, including assisting children. In addition, the website provides resources on how to get immediate help to assist service members and their families. provides a confidential and anonymous database for seeking treatment facilities for mental and substance use disorders in the United States and its territories.

For additional resources related to mental health or any other issue, contact your EAP coordinator using the coordinator listing or call 1-800-822-0244.