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

  • In-home child care for your well or mildly ill child (up to three of your children at home).
  • Center-based child care at Bright Horizons centers nationwide, including the Bright Horizons Child Care Center at Bayer located in west Berkeley, two miles from campus.  More centers are available in the Bay Area and throughout the U.S. through an extended network of child care providers.

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.

Co-Pay Costs to Student Parents

In-home child care (for up to three of your children, per occasion): minimum of $16 for up to 4 hours; thereafter, $4 per additional hour.

Center-based child care (per child, per occasion): minimum of $8 for up to four hours; thereafter, $2 per additional hour.

Details & Restrictions

Payments: Co-payments are made via credit card when a reservation is confirmed.

Limits of Use: Students maintaining continuous registration status at UC Berkeley are eligible to use up to 60 hours of back-up care per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). Students who exceed their allocated use of 60 hours per year will be billed directly by the provider for the full, unsubsidized cost of the care ($20 per hour for center-based care and $35 per hour for in-home 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 is a “pilot” (test or trial period) with 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.

Locations & Hours

In-home care: available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whenever you need to attend to academic responsibilities.

Center-based care: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Bayer Center located at 921 Parker Street in west Berkeley. Hours may vary; openings are not guaranteed without advance reservations.

More child care centers are available in the Bay Area and throughout the U.S. Once registered, you can search for centers online or by phone.