Additional parenting resources
Both within the UW community and beyond, you’ll find clinics, programs, and other resources that help you and your family flourish. We’ve collected some of those here. Whether you’re just planning for your first child or you’re helping your teen navigate those tricky stages of life, we hope you’ll discover something here that helps your family grow and thrive.
The firstname.lastname@example.org listserv was created by UWHR Work-Life to make it easier to communicate with UW employee and student parents.
Work-Life uses email@example.com to share resources that can help employee and student parents do their best at work, school and home while supporting their own well-being. We’ll also use this list to conduct occasional surveys to understand parents’ needs and to provide updates about campus initiatives related to child care and parenting.
This is a moderated list and can be used to share UW resources and programs. Subscribers can send messages to be shared with the group but please note that only businesses that have formal agreements with the University can be promoted through the listserv.
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Free, on-demand parenting support from Bright Horizons
Bright Horizons offers free online parenting videos, articles, activities to do with your child and podcasts – many of which are five-minutes or less. Search for topics that suit your and your child’s needs, including:
- Life as a Parent
- Early Childhood Development
- School Success
- Social Awareness
- Planning for College
To access these resources, visit the Bright Horizons Family Resources page.
Sittercity for pet care, dog walking, housekeeping, special needs care and companion care
Your Sittercity benefit gives you access to more than childcare – it also gives you access to a comprehensive database of pet sitters, dog walkers, housekeepers, caregivers with experience caring for specific disabilities or other conditions that require additional support, and caregivers providing companion care services.
To access Sittercity tools and resources, Visit Bright Horizons UW website and locate the “Find Sitters, Nannies, Pet Care and More” card under care programs for your family; click “use it” to access the registration page. This will bring you to UW’s Sittercity homepage, where you will create a username and password to gain access and begin to search for care solutions.
Already registered with Sittercity? You can use your existing username and password to access the website. You will need to contact membership services at 1-888-748-2489 to have your existing account associated with the University of Washington.
Hall Health Center
Hall Health Center, the on-campus medical clinic, provides comprehensive health care not only to students but also to UW staff and their families. The clinic’s physicians and nurse practitioners are board certified in family practice or pediatrics, which gives you and your family convenient access to the expert care of UW Medicine.
Visit the Hall Health Center website.
The Program for Early Parent Support
Build a support network with fellow parents who understand what you are going through. The Program for Early Parent Support, or PEPS, connects you with other new parents who live nearby you and have a baby close in age to yours. Learn, share resources, and build confidence in your own parenting abilities — all you need to do is register and show up with your baby. Learn more about PEPS.
Center for Pediatric Dentistry
Put the combined expertise of the UW School of Dentistry and Seattle Children’s to work for you by scheduling your child’s next dental appointment with the Center for Pediatric Dentistry. The center provides comprehensive dental care to children of all ages. It’s an in-network provider for many insurance companies and offers free parking at its location in Magnuson Park.
In addition, the center has staff who are specially trained in serving children with special needs. The center can also provide translation services, assist with financial aid, and help arrange transportation. To schedule an appointment, visit The Center for Pediatric Dentistry.
Center for Child and Family Well-Being
Take courses and attend lectures given by researchers and other experts who specialize in the development and well-being of children and their families. These courses provide parents with tools and advice for managing the challenges of raising children. Fees vary for the courses. The center also presents free public lectures on child development given by top researchers in the field. For registration information and a full list of courses and lectures, see the Center for Child and Family Well-Being.
Center for Philosophy for Children
Classroom philosophy sessions help children and teens better express their own perspectives, listen to one another, challenge and build on each other’s thinking, and make better sense of their own views and ideas. Learn how you can bring a philosophy session to your child’s school or how you can facilitate the session yourself. The center connects you with workshop facilitators and provides articles, videos, webinars, and other resources. For more, visit the Center for Philosophy for Children.
Emergency Ride Home
Unexpected emergencies or life events can happen, and sometimes these instances require access to emergency transportation. UW Transportation Services offers reimbursement for one-way trips, up to 60 miles. This also includes one 20-minute stop to pick up dependents, or run critical errands such as picking up a prescription.
The Emergency Ride Home reimbursement is a benefit for those in the Faculty/Staff U-PASS program, and Bike Locker or House permit holders at the Seattle Campus only.
For more information on eligibility and how to submit a receipt for reimbursement, please visit the Emergency Ride Home page.