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Child care

Child care at UW

The three on-campus University of Washington Children’s Centers provide child care to faculty, staff, and students. A fourth center is scheduled to open in January 2017.

Child care at Harborview

The University of Washington Children’s Center at Harborview provides priority child care to medical center faculty and staff. It offers year-round care to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Off-site child care

UW faculty, staff, and students are eligible for enrollment priority at designated Bright Horizons and KinderCare centers on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment priority does not guarantee placement, but it will move you up their waitlist as a UW priority.

Backup and sick child care

Backup care is available at locations throughout Puget Sound and nationwide. Sick child care is available in your home 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whenever you need to attend to academic or work responsibilities.


Hear how the UW Children’s Centers (UWCC) and other WorkLife programs have helped UW parents balance their lives at work, school, and home.

Child care access initiative

UW Human Resources, along with UW Planning and Management, is taking steps to increase child care capacity, options, and support at UW.