UPDATE: One of the leaders in setting these programs up has written in (see comments below). She notes that these programs are generally made available to ALL employees, so my worry below was misplaced. She also gives some useful links, and offers to help universities set this sort of thing up.
There’s a New York Times article on workplaces that allow employees to bring their babies (and sometimes pre-school kids) to work. There are a variety of ways that they manage this, and they’re interesting to read about. But two things struck me: (1) Of course (this is the NY TImes!), the focus was on well-paid professionals; (2) It’s presented as a “maternity leave alternative”– which is part of the story but only part. The actual article mentions (though doesn’t say much about) men taking up this option as well; and mostly discusses employees who do this well beyond common US maternity leave allowances. What are your thoughts in general, and what are your thoughts about the potential for this in academia?