Off-site and in-home child care
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It takes time to find care you care trust, especially when you have children of different ages. UW employees and students benefit from several programs and services to help it easier to identify options that work for your family.
Priority access to in-center and school-aged care
PEBB-eligible UW employees and UW students are eligible for priority access at all Bright Horizons centers and select KinderCare centers on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority access does not guarantee placement, but it will move you up their wait pool as a UW priority.
Visit Bright Horizons or call 877-624-4532 to locate centers in your area and receive information on tuition rates and potential wait pool. All necessary registration and tuition fees are the responsibility of the family. Once you have decided on your desired Bright Horizons location, you will need to present your most recent Workday pay slip or confirmation of current course enrollment as proof of eligibility. As a UW employee or student, your Bright Horizons application fee will be credited to your first month of tuition if your child enrolls in the center.
KinderCare offers a 10% tuition discount at all their centers and priority access at following locations:
- South Seattle
- Yarrow Bay
- Champions Before-School and After-School Programs. for school-age children in the Central Kitsap, Federal Way, Kent, Northshore, and Tacoma school districts.
Visit KinderCare or call 888-525-2780 to receive information on tuition rates and potential wait pool. You will need to present your most recent Workday pay slip or confirmation of current course enrollment as proof of eligibility.
Your Sittercity membership includes tools for connecting with babysitters, including virtual babysitters, and caregivers who can manage small-group learning pods.
As a PEBB-eligible UW employee or UW student, you can run an unlimited amount of basic background checks on prospective caregivers and view results of those you previously completed. You can also get an enhanced background check for an additional fee (ranging from $20-$60).
Your use of Sittercity resources does not impact your UW back-up care use allowance. However, many people find that Sittercity is a great solution for finding care once they have used all of the annual back-up care visits they have available.
To access Sittercity tools and resources, Visit Bright Horizons UW website and click on Search for Sitters, Nannies & Housekeepers under Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports. 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 SitterCity website. You will need to contact Sittercity membership services at 1-888-748-2489 to have your account associated with the University of Washington.
KinderCare provides a 10% tuition discounts at all of their centers. Visit KinderCare or call 888-525-2780 to receive information on tuition rates.
Bright Horizons provides a tuition discount of up to 10% for full-time care at select partner centers in their child care network. Visit and click on the Preferred Enrollment and Tuition Discounts link under the Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports section. This will bring you to the Preferred Enrollment and Tuition Discounts site, where you will be able to use the center search locator to find center options in your desired area.
Tutoring and at-home learning
Benefits-eligible employees and UW students have access to discounted academic supports and tutoring through Bright Horizons. Services are provided by Revolution Prep, Varsity Tutors and Marco Polo Learning. Visit Bright Horizon’s UW site and navigate to the Enhanced Family Supports section for direct access to these providers and discounts.
UW CareLink child care specialists
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.
Nanny and au pair discounts
Through Bright Horizons, benefits-eligible UW employees and UW students can access discounted, local high-touch nanny placement services through College Nannies. Current discounts include $300 off nanny placement fees and a 10% hourly rate discount on services used. Please note, hourly rates and placement fees vary and are subject to change. To connect with College Nannies, visit Bright Horizons UW website and click on Access Nanny Placement Services under Enhanced Family Supports. This will bring you to the College Nannies website, where you submit a short inquiry form. Your local College Nannies office will make contact within 48 hours to begin the consultation process.
The Whole U has partnered with local nanny and au pair services to help UW families hire a nanny full-time or part-time, or to arrange nanny shares. Visit The Whole U Discount page and search for child care discounts.
Child Care Resources works with families, caregivers and early learning professionals, and collaborate with community partners to ensure that every child has a great start. Child Care Resources offers a child care finding service that will connect you with open spaces in child care centers that meet your family’s needs.