Step One: Confirm Your Eligibility

To be eligible for the backup childcare service, you must be:

  • a UC Berkeley student continuously registered in the current semester (Note: students in self-supporting degree programs are not eligible),
  • with a dependent child older than six weeks and younger than 18 years of age, and
  • able to pay the required co-payments for services provided.

Approved enrollment is required prior to registering with the service provider and scheduling care. Please ensure that your registration status as a UC Berkeley student is current. You cannot complete the enrollment process if you are not a currently registered student.

 

Step Two: Apply for the Program

Students must begin the process by completing the campus application online. You must know your bConnected email account, CalNet ID, Student ID (SID) and Unique ID (UID) number.

If you do not have a bConnected email account, please create one now.

Be sure your browser is logged out of all Google applications. Then click on the link shown below and enter your CalNet ID. Then enter your bConnected email address with the ending of @berkeley.edu.  (If your bConnected email address includes a domain prefix, such as “haas” or “mba,” do not include that part).

If you experience difficulty submitting the form online, please email us. (Do not click on a button to ask that the form be shared with you; it will not be and you will lose time.)

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Step Three: Register with the Provider

After your registration status as a current Berkeley student has been verified, you will be sent an email with information on how to complete your enrollment with the service provider, Bright Horizons.  You may do that online through a password-protected website or by phone.

Bright Horizons Care Consultants will be available 24/7 to assist you in requesting care.

By completing this three-stage registration well in advance of your need for back-up care, you will minimize delays in the scheduling process and maximize the chances that you will receive the service you want, when you want it. For full details, learn more about the service.


Questions?

Email the program coordinator at backupchildcare@berkeley.edu