Child Care

Find quality in-home or center-based care for your children.

Looking for Child Care

Washington University partners with Bright Horizons and Guidance Resources to provide a range of supports for families. 

To access support, pre-register here:

Bright Horizons
Username: WUBACKUP
Password: BACKUP

Guidance Resources
REGISTER
Web ID: WASHU

Find A Child Care Center

Near-Site Early Childhood Programs

Eligible enrollments include:

  • Regular faculty member with appointment of 50% or more of required FT faculty workload
  • Regular staff employee with standard work schedule of 20 or more hours/week
  • Postdoc associate/research scholar or clinical fellow who receives payment from WashU
  • FT graduate or professional student

Family Learning Center (Bright Horizons)
BrightHorizons.com/wustl
Call 314-935-5437
Kellie Jackson; Center Director
jkellie@wustl.edu

Washington University Nursery School
Nurseryschool.wustl.edu
314-935-6689
nursery@wustl.edu

University City Children’s Center
UCCC.org
Call 314-726-0148
enrollment@uccc.org
This center is not affiliated with WashU, but reserves spaces for WashU employees.

Bright Horizons Network Centers

Visit Bright Horizons to search for local centers in the Bright Horizons network.

  • Select “Benefits”
  • Select “Center Finder”

WashU families receive preferred enrollment and up to a 10% tuition discount.

The Learning Experience Center

WashU faculty and staff are eligible for a 10% tuition discount at The Learning Experience Childcare Center in St. Peters, MO. Click here for more information about the discount.

Guidance Resources

Call Guidance Resources at 844-365-4587 for a personalized list of childcare options with confirmed openings.

United 4 Children

United 4 Children provides resources and referral care services for families.

United 4 Children is not affiliated with Washington University. They are not endorsed by the university and are listed for informational purposes.

Bright Point in Illinois

For a personalized list of Illinois-based childcare options, call Bright Point at 1-800-467-9200, ext. 122 or 390. Alternatively, you can perform a self-search for childcare options at Illinois Cares for Kids.

Find In-Home Care

Bright Horizons Nanny Placement

Provides full-service Nanny Placement through College Nannies and Tutors.  Employees receive a $300 discount on the placement fee and a 10% discount on the hourly rate.  To access, visit Bright Horizons.

  • Select “Additional Family Supports”
  • Select “Access Nanny Placement Services”
Bright Horizons SitterCity

Place job advertisements and access SitterCity’s database of providers.  Membership is free and employees have unlimited provider background checks.  To access, visit Bright Horizons.

  • Select “Additional Family Supports”
  • Select “Search for Sitters, Nannies and Housekeepers”
TLC Family Care

Search for a sitter or hire a nanny online. You may also contact by telephone at 314-725-5660.

These resources are not affiliated with Washington University. They are not endorsed by the university and are listed for informational purposes.

STL Sitter

Find a last-minute sitter or a long-term sitter online or by calling 314-625-8420.

These resources are not affiliated with Washington University. They are not endorsed by the university and are listed for informational purposes.

Guidance Resources

Call Guidance Resources at 844-365-4587 for a list of local in-home care placement agencies.

We encourage WashU employees to check the state licensing record of any childcare program they are considering.  While no center will have a perfect record, it is important to look for repeated violations, or violations that seriously impact the health and safety of children within the previous 12-18 months.  You can check the licensing record of any program here.  For questions about licensing, or help understanding records, please contact the Child and Family Care Facilitator at FamilyCare@wustl.edu.

Emergency/Backup Family Care with Bright Horizons

Emergency/Backup Family Care

Emergency/Backup Family Care

For emergencies such as sick caregiver, help after a medical procedure, school closures & more that would prevent you from working.

Additional backup family care resources (Not affiliated with WashU)

TLC Family Care

Search for a sitter or hire a nanny online. You may also contact by telephone at 314-725-5660.

NOTE: Not affiliated with Washington University, nor endorsed by the university, but listed for informational purposes only. Copays may apply.

STL Sitter

Find a last-minute sitter or a long-term sitter online or by calling 314-625-8420.

NOTE: Not affiliated with Washington University, nor endorsed by the university, but listed for informational purposes only. Copays may apply.

Resources for Parents & Other Caregivers

Developmental Milestones (Links to an external site)

Learn the signs – act early. Every child grows and develops at their own pace, but certain developmental milestones can be expected in the first five years of their life. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides helpful resources to monitor your child’s growth and offers suggestions on how to encourage their development in simple ways.

Resources for Enhancing Care, Education & Development

These resources are not affiliated with or endorsed by WashU. They are listed for informational purposes only.

Free

Vroom

Vroom is a free, web-based app that empowers families to use everyday moments to build their young children’s brains. Grounded in current brain research, the app can be accessed via computer, tablet, or smartphone. Vroom provides science-based tips and tools tailored to specific ages (birth through age five). Activities involve both parent and child and are short, simple and fun!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Now available in Missouri! Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books each month to registered children from birth to age five, free of charge to families. To receive these books, parents or guardians can register their children in the program. High-quality, age-appropriate books are then mailed each month to the name of the child enrolled.

ReadWriteThink

At ReadWriteThink, users from Kindergarten through 12th grade can choose a grade level and then gain access to activities and projects, games and tools, tips and how-tos, printouts and more that focus on reading and writing.

Teachers Teaching in Room 9 (PBS)

Nine Network offers free daily 3-hour math and literacy classes for pre-k to 4th graders, taught by local educators. Accessible without the internet or computers. YouTube links are available on their website.

James Dyson Foundation Challenge Cards

James Dyson Foundation offers free engineering and science challenges for children.

James Dyson Foundation Challenge Cards

Fee-Based

Adventure Academy 

Adventure Academy provides interactive educational games and videos for children ages 8-13 covering reading, math, science, and more.

BrainPOP

BrainPOP provides students from Kindergarten through 8th grade with informational videos that explain everything from science and social studies to art, music and health in great detail, all while introducing subject-specific vocabulary.

DIY.org

DIY.org offers a huge library of hands-on projects, how-to videos, and an awesome kid community for children ages 4 – 13.

Kids Academy

Kids Academy is an online learning website available for children ranging from Pre-K through 3rd grade.

Epic!

Epic! is a subscription-based service providing access to thousands of children’s books. Books can be selected based on a child’s reading level and interests, and parents can monitor their child’s reading and progress. The site is secure and includes “Read To Me” books and age-appropriate videos. After a 14-day free trial, the monthly subscription fee is $7.99. There are no “in-app” purchases.

Book Recommendations


BIG
by Vashti Harrison

Once there was a girl.
She had a big laugh
and a big heart
and very big dreams.

And it was good.
Until it wasn’t.

BIG traces a child’s journey to self-love and shows the power of words to both hurt and heal. With spare text and exquisite illustrations, this emotional exploration of being big in a world that prizes small is a tender portrayal of how you can stand out and feel invisible at the same time.

Questions? 

Lisa Eberle-Mayse, MA

Lisa Eberle-Mayse, MA

Child and Family Care Facilitator