Child and family care during COVID-19

Child care options and resources

Updated September 21, 2021

This page will be updated as new resources become available. If you have a community resource that you would like to share on this page, email

Care for children of all ages

Backup care through Bright Horizons and KinderCare: KinderCare and Bright Horizons have limited COVID-19 backup spaces at their local centers. Bright Horizons also has a service that will send a care provider to your home. Explore options for backup and sick-child care.

UW CareLink: UW CareLink child care specialists are available to UW employees and their family members. They listen to your family’s needs and provide a list of child care providers, camps and/or tutors that align with your preferences and that have space available. Please call for assistance: 866-598-3978.

Child Care Aware Referrals: The Child Care Aware COVID Referral Center connects families in King and Pierce Counties to vacant child care slots in the community. The referral center offers multi-lingual service and is available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Call 1-800-446-1114 and press “1” to request child care.

Komae cooperative child care app: Komae provides a flexible management option for UW parents both at home and on-site. The app enables parents to identify and vet families with similar parenting styles and COVID-19 hygiene practices to build their pod for shared childcare and education.

The Whole U Discounts: The Whole U has partnered with Nanny Parent Connection to help UW families hire a nanny full-time, part-time or for backup care. They can also help arrange nanny shares. Visit The Whole U Discount page and search for child care discounts.

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Care for infants and preschoolers

Bright Horizons and KinderCare: UW faculty and students receive priority admission to all Bright Horizons centers. They also receive a 10% tuition discount at all KinderCare centers and priority admission at six locations in our region. Learn more about these UW benefits here.

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School aged care

City of Seattle: In partnership with Associated Recreation Council, the City of Seattle offers childcare at sites throughout Seattle. Scholarships are available. Learn more and register online.

KinderCare Champions: KinderCare Champions will be operating in select KinderCare child care centers and in schools located in Auburn, Bothell, Covington, Kenmore, Kent, Maple Valley, Renton, Sea-Tac and Woodinville. UW families receive a 10% tuition discount. Learn more on KinderCare’s UW benefit website.

Right at School: Right at School is partnering with local school districts throughout our region to provide fee-based childcare services for students in district facilities during COVID-19. Search for your district on the Right at School website.

Elevate Washington: Elevate Washington hosts a statewide database of thousands of camps, after-school classes, enrichment programs and more which offer safe spaces for young people outside of their school day.

Schools Out Washington: Schools Out Washington’s map of open youth programs and school aged child care shows sites that are offering child care and youth programming during the COVID-19 statewide stay home, stay healthy timeframe

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Financial support

Assistance for military families: Families with active military members may be eligible for assistance with child care fees. Visit Child Care Aware of America for more information.

Financial assistance for Bellevue, Kent, Redmond and Auburn families: Financial assistance is available for families making less than 80% of the Average Median Income. There are currently waiting lists for the programs in Kent and Auburn. To learn more and apply, click here.

Goodwin Connections: Undergraduate and master’s students are eligible for financial support from Family Connections. There are two application cycles annually, which open in April and November. Learn more on the Goodwin Connections website.

King County CARES Child Care Financial Assistance Program: King County has allocated $2.25 million to support parents who live or work in King County with the cost of child care. Learn more and apply on the COVID-19 Child Care Support website.

Seattle Child Care Assistance Program: Seattle’s CCAP program helps working families, or a parent going to school, who are eligible and live within the Seattle city limits pay for child care services for children up to 13 years old. Eligibility guidelines and application information are on the Seattle CCAP website.

Snoqualmie Tribe Child Care and Development Fund: This program is open to all Native American families that meet eligibility criteria and provides financial support for child care and early learning services. Eligibility and application information is available on the Snoqualmie Tribe website.

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