Working during COVID-19

Child care options and resources

Updated September 21, 2020

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 childcare@uw.edu.

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.

UW College of Education Community Job Board: The UW College of Education has created a website to connect families interested in hiring students to provide tutoring or enrichment opportunities with students interested in work opportunities. Learn about this service and post a job on the UW College of Education Community Job Board.

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. Learn more about how Komae works and sign-up to attend a live Q&A session in September.

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 and learning supports

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County: In addition to their afternoon and early morning programs, Clubs are offering full-day programming to support remote learning provided by school districts. Many clubs accept subsidies and scholarships are available for those that may need financial assistance to join a Club.  Visit the Clubs’ fall programs during COVID website for details.

City of Seattle: In partnership with Associated Recreation Council, the City of Seattle offers childcare at 19 sites throughout Seattle. Programs provide full-day care and support virtual learning. 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.

YMCA school day programs: The YMCAs of Greater Seattle, Pierce County and Snohomish County are offering full-day care options designed to help school-aged children stay focused and on-track while engaging in remote learning, without missing out on social enrichment, peer interaction and physical activity.

UW Summer Youth Programs: UW Summer Youth Programs is piloting remote school-year enrichment courses for high school students this fall. For their first offering, they have four remote courses for students in grades 10-12. Registration is open now for fall 2020.

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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.

Pierce County Child Care Financial Assistance Program: Pierce County has allocated $1.5 Million to support Pierce County families with their child care costs. Contact Child Care Resources for more information.

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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