I Need Child Care

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

Looking for Child Care

To access support, pre-register here:

Bright Horizons
Username: WUBACKUP
Password: BACKUP

Care.com
Register online with your WashU employee ID

Guidance Resources
REGISTER
Web ID: WASHU

Find A Child Care Center

Near-Site Early Childhood Programs

Family Learning Center (Bright Horizons)
Childcare.wustl.edu
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 “Additional Family Supports”
  • Select “Get A Spot in a Quality Child Care Center”

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

Guidance Resources

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

Child Care Aware of Missouri

Child Care Aware provides referrals for a range of child care options, and other resources for families.

Child Care Aware is not affiliated with Washington University. They are not endorsed by the university and are listed for informational purposes.

Children’s Home and Aid in Illinois

In Illinois, contact Children’s Home and Aid Resource and Referral for a personalized list of child care options.

  • Call 800-467-9200

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

Emergency/Back-Up: Bright Horizons

Receive 30 uses per calendar year for emergency or back-up care. Request same-day care, or care for future dates. Center-based care is $20 per use for one child, $30 per use for more than one child.

  • Visit Bright Horizons, choose “Additional Family Supports” then “Reserve Back-Up Care”
  • Call 1-877-242-2737
  • Download Bright Horizons App for Apple or Android
Emergency/Back-Up: Care.com

Faculty and staff can use up to 5 days of care for emergency or back-up care. Copays for Care.com apply. $20 each day for in-center care. 

  • Visit Washu.care.com, choose “Let’s Get Started”. Your Employee ID will be the letter “E” followed by your six-digit employee ID number. Use these same credentials to login going forward.  
  • Call 866-814-1638
  • Download the Care@Work App for Apple or Android

    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 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 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.

    Emergency/Back-Up: Bright Horizons

    Receive 30 uses per calendar year for emergency or back-up care. Request same-day care, or care for future dates. In-home care is $7 per hour with a 4 hour minimum. 

    • Visit Bright Horizons, choose “Additional Family Supports” then “Reserve Back-Up Care”
    • Call 1-877-242-2737
    • Download Bright Horizons App for Apple or Android
    Emergency/Back-Up: Care.com

    Faculty and staff can use up to 5 days of care for emergency or back-up care. Copays for Care.com apply. In-home copays are $7 per hour for care. 

    • Visit Washu.care.com, choose “Let’s Get Started”. Your Employee ID will be the letter “E” followed by your six-digit employee ID number. Use these same credentials to login going forward.  
    • Call 866-814-1638
    • Download the Care@Work App for Apple or Android

    2022 St. Louis Summer Camps

    View a PDF list of area summer camps now enrolling children for summer 2022.

    Tips for Choosing Child Care

    New Adult and Child Care Resources (Feb. 2022)

    Find new adult and child care resources below, including tips to choose a safe, quality daycare, a listing of St. Louis independent school options as well as in-home child care agencies and a new adult care organization that provides multiple services.

    Resources for Enhancing Children’s Care, Education and Development

    These resources are not affiliated with or endorsed by Washington University. 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!

    Visit Vroom

    National Geographic

    This curriculum, normally reserved for teachers and behind a paywall, is now free for parents, giving access to videos, interactive maps and activities that encourage students to explore everything from ecology to geography.

    National Geographic 

    ReadWriteThink

    Users from K – 12 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.

    ReadWriteThink 

    Teachers Teaching in Room 9 (PBS)

    The Nine Network is producing three hours of literacy and math instruction for prekindergarten through fourth grades, weekdays from 11:30–2:30 pm, free of charge on television. The grade-appropriate instruction, taught by committed local educators at home, ensures all kids in our region have access to quality teaching during the academic year shutdown and into the summer, regardless of access to internet or computers.  Website has links to previous sessions on YouTube.

    Teachers Teaching in Room 9 (PBS) 

    James Dyson Foundation Challenge Cards

    Free Engineering and Science Challenges for Children.

    James Dyson Foundation Challenge Cards

    Learn At Home with YouTube

    Links to videos and livestreams for children.

    Learn At Home with YouTube

    Children’s Hospital Center for Families Resource Library

    The Resource Library provides information on a wide range of health topics.  You can request information, search in their online catalog, or call 314-454-2350 with questions. 

    Visit the Library

    Fee-Based

    Adventure Academy 

    Learning games and videos for reading, math, science and more for kids ages 8 – 13.

    Adventure Academy 

    BrainPOP

    K-8 site provides students 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.

    BrainPOP

    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.

    DIY.org 

    GoPeer

    GoPeer is a resource that allows families to connect with qualified college students who are available to tutor.

    GoPeer 

    Kids Academy

    Online learning for children PK – 3rd Grade.

    Kids Academy

    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.

    Epic!

    Independent Schools of St. Louis

    For families considering independent schools for their children, Independent Schools of St. Louis provides information about the wide range of school choices in our area, and guidance for navigating the enrollment process.

    Mental Health Resources

    Employee Assistance Program – Work-Life Solutions

    Work-Life Solutions, the university’s employee assistance program, offers free, confidential, 24/7 support, resources and information for every aspect of your life.

    Call 844-365-4587 to access a Guidance Consultant, who will answer your questions and, if needed, refer you to a counselor or other resources. This valuable benefit for you and your family provides resources and referrals for:

    Confidential emotional support from highly trained clinicians – employees receive five counseling sessions free of charge

    Learn more about Work-Life Solutions and the counseling and resources available to you and your family.

    Affordable mental health care for employees and their children

    In addition to the physical effects of COVID-19, threats to mental health should not be discounted. To support the university community during these stressful times, the Washington University Psychiatry service offers convenient, affordable mental health care for employees and their children. 

    Learn more about WashU Psychiatry services. Call 314-286-1700 to make an appointment.

    UnitedHealthcare Behavioral Health Benefit

    This employee benefit (PDF) includes counseling services to help employees effectively deal with stressful and challenging situations. A benefit specialist will help employees identify their concern and the appropriate resource to address it. If desired, the specialist will match the employee with an in-network clinician to help. You can also connect with a mental health provider from the comfort of home using a virtual visit. Copays or co-insurance apply. Call 800-382-2599 or visit myuhc.com – click “Find a Doctor”.

    UnitedHealthcare Nurse Advocate

    Our UHC Nurse Advocate is dedicated to Washington University and available to help employees find a mental health provider or navigate UHC tools and resources. Learn more.

    Book Recommendations

    The Perfect Baseball Player


    The Perfect Baseball Player
    by Jeff Hansen

    Ana knows that today will be perfect. She’ll lead her baseball team to their first ever championship and then meet her new baby brother Louis. But when problems arise both on the field and in the hospital, Ana must figure out what perfect means to her. Can Grammie’s science lesson somehow inspire Ana to lead the Rascals to victory? And can the Rascals’ struggle against the stronger Skippers teach Ana about genes, genomes, and her brother Lou? With home runs and hugs and genetics and grapefruit, Ana teaches us the meaning of perfect.

    Need more help? 

    Lisa Eberle-Mayse, MA

    Child and Family Care Facilitator