After successfully registering for the service, you will be able to schedule:

  • In-home child care for your child (up to three of your children at home).
  • Center-based child care at Bright Horizons centers nationwide. Visit the Bright Horizons website to locate a center near you.

Services are provided by Bright Horizons, a leading provider of early education and preschools, employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, educational advisory services and other work/life solutions.

Child care centers in the Bright Horizons network must be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or meet or exceed state child care licensing requirements. All in-home care agencies in the Bright Horizons network are credentialed and employ trained caregivers. All in-home and center care providers participate in an extensive screening and training process.

For up-to-date information on back-up care and COVID-19, please visit

Co-Pay Costs to Student Parents

In-home child care (for up to three of your children, per occasion): $4 per hour (minimum four hour reservation)

Center-based child care (per child, per occasion): $2 per hour (minimum four hour reservation) Co-payments are collected via credit card or EFT when a reservation is confirmed.

Details & Restrictions

Limits of Use: Students maintaining continuous registration status at UC Berkeley are eligible to use up to 120 hours of back-up care per fiscal year (effective through June 30, 2021). Students who exceed their allocated use will be billed directly by the provider for the full, unsubsidized cost of the care. Beginning July 1, 2021, students will be eligible for up to 80 hours of subsidized back-up care.

Scheduling Care: You will receive instructions on scheduling care after completing your registration. You can schedule care up to 30 days in advance. For same-day requests, at least 4 hours’ notice is highly recommended.

Cancellations: Students who cancel after 5 p.m. the day before requested care will be billed the co-pay for all hours requested.

Funding Limits: This program has limited funding. Students are enrolled in the program on a “first-come, first-served” basis and will be able to access services as long as funding lasts. If program use exceeds funds available, the program may be suspended.

The Bright Horizons network