COVID-19 Childcare Resources

Online Information Session

Register for a COVID-19: Childcare Resources session on zoom to learn more about current childcare resources and benefits available to Yale employees.

Last updated: November 12, 2020

For questions about childcare options available to staff and Faculty, email worklife@yale.edu.

Navigating Childcare Support Options

care questions ongoing care emergency back-up care crisis care
What type of care is it? 

Center based care, licensed family day care homes and nanny or babysitter.

In-home and center-based emergency back-up care for all ages; offered through Bright Horizons.

In-home crisis care provided by caregivers that can be chosen by parents; offered through Bright Horizons.

What is the benefit?

Provides a network of centers, including Yale centers.

Offers subsidized rates; coverage varies based on job classification

Provides care which is reimbursed on a daily rate of $100/day. Available through December 31, 2020.

How do I access the benefit?

Learn more about ongoing care options and eligibility*.

Learn more about Emergency Back-Up Care and eligibility*.

Learn more about Crisis Care for Yale and eligibility*.

*Review Childcare Resources by Job Classification or Affiliation for eligibility guidelines.

Childcare Resources

Ongoing Care

Emergency Back-Up Care

Faculty, Managerial & Professional Staff, Post-Doctoral Associates, and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Emergency Back-Up Care with Bright Horizons: Includes 25 days/year (increased from 20 to 25 days, effective on November 16, 2020) of emergency back-up care in a center, in-home provider through the BH network, or Crisis Care support (through your own network), for work-related needs through December 31, 2020. Discounted rates are as follows:

  • In-home: $6/hour. Infant-through elder (cost to employee)
  • Center-based: $25/day (cost to parent)
  • Crisis Care: Reimbursement of $100/day directly to parent

Clerical & Technical and Service & Maintenance Staff

Emergency Back-Up Care with Bright Horizons: Includes 20 days/year (increased from 20 to 25 days, effective on November 16, 2020) of emergency back-up care in a center, in-home provider through the BH network, or Crisis Care support (through your own network), for work-related needs through December 31, 2020. Discounted rates are as follows:

  • In-home: $6/hour (cost to employee)
  • Center-based: $25/day (cost to parent)
  • Crisis Care: Reimbursement of $100/day directly to parent

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (starting 10/1/20)

Starting October 1, all GSAS students will qualify for a total of 20 emergency back-up care days through the Bright Horizons Family Solutions Company through September 30, 2021, including Crisis Care days through December 31, 2020. Contact mcdougal.center@yale.edu for more information.

Crisis Care Assist

Faculty, Managerial & Professional Staff, Post-Doctoral Associates, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Clerical and Technical, Service and Maintenance employees, (and Students of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences starting 10/1/20)

Bright Horizons Crisis Care (Available through December 31, 2020): Offers the additional option to secure in-home care (not a school or childcare center) from within your own personal network and receive a reimbursement of $100 per day. The use of Crisis Care days counts towards your overall backup care allotment. For additional details, take the guided tour or read the Crisis Care FAQs

Additional support:

  • For questions, call 877-242-2737 to speak with a Bright Horizons care consultant 24/7.
  • Submit a support question through the Bright Horizons’ Back-up Help Desk; you will be contacted within 48 hours.

Babysitting and Tutoring

  • Yale Babysitting and Tutoring Service: This web-based service links Yale University parents with current Yale students who want to babysit and/or provide tutoring services.
  • Homework Connection: Designed to assist grades K–12, and provides 24/7* access to online support from professional tutors and teachers for up to five hours per month. This support is available to Faculty, Managerial and Professional staff, and Post-Doctoral Associates.
  • Summer 2020 Interim Babysitting Support: This site enables Yale employees to sponsor their children 15 years and older as babysitters for the Yale community. 
  • Sittercity: Part of Bright Horizons Additional Family Supports, Sittercity is a database of babysitters, full-and-part-time nannies, and more. The subscription is free to benefits-eligible Faculty, Managerial and Professional staff, Post-Doctoral Associates, Clerical and Technical, Service and Maintenance, and Post-Doctoral Fellows. For questions, call 877-242-2737.

Children with Disabilities Resources

  • Best Buddies Connecticut: Best Buddies works to enrich the lives of youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through their Friendship program and Leadership Development program.
  • Connecticut Family Support Network: CTFSN provides direct support to individuals and families in their homes and communities by sharing information and resources that empower people to make their voices heard and to become their own best advocate.
  • Yale Child Study Center: Since 1911, the Center has been serving children and families from birth through adolescence. At our core is the mission to improve the lives of children and families through research, service, and training.
  • Childhood Development Support, provided through Rethink, an award-winning web-based program, supports caregivers like you raising children with learning challenges, behavior issues, and developmental disabilities. This benefit is for Faculty, Managerial and Professional staff, and Post-Doctoral Associates.
  • Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC): Find information for parents of children with special education needs. 

Parenting Resources

Educating Children at Home

  • CourseraLearn from Yale’s most celebrated faculty with free online versions of their Yale courses.
  • Eventbrite: Online classes and events to keep kids busy at home.
  • History for Kids: Enjoy this free history network for kids.
  • Into the Book: Access this reading comprehension resource for elementary aged children.
  • Khan Academy: Non-profit offering a full range of online K-12 courses, tutorials, and learning activities.
  • Kids National Geographic: Kids can participate in fun learning activities and “brain boosters.”
  • Mystery Doug: Grades K-5 enjoy science lessons.
  • NASA Kids Club: Grades K-12 play games and learn about NASA. 
  • Online Yale Courses: Access 40 different Yale College courses across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  • Open Culture: Free, K-12 educational resources, with video lessons, free ebooks and audiobooks, free movies, free language lessons, and homeschooling resources.
  • Peabody Museum of Natural History: Peabody@Home includes lessons, activities, webinars, a coloring book, and other digital resources for educating and entertaining children at home.
  • Prodigy: Participate in online math games.
  • Scholastic Fun: Enjoy online learning for pre-k through grade six and beyond.
  • Seussville: Access reading, games, and videos.
  • Virtual field trips: Provides resources selected and curated by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts.
  • Virtual tours of 12 museums: Visit the British Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and more.
  • Yale Art Gallery: Stories and Art episodes in English and Spanish, online jigsaw puzzles of gallery artworks, and a downloadable coloring book of gallery works.

Childcare Options by Job Classification or Affiliation

CARE OPTION FACULTY MANAGERIAL & PROFESSIONAL POST-DOCTORAL ASSOCIATE CLERICAL & TECHNICAL SERVICE & MAINTENANCE POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS Graduate students (GSAS) PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS

Bright Horizons

Backup Childcare


As of 10/1/20
NA

Bright Horizons

Sittercity

NA NA

Yale Babysitting and Tutoring Service

Yale Affiliated Childcare Centers

Magellan NA NA NA

Yale Worklife and Childcare Programs

Childcare Information Sessions

State of Connecticut

211- Info Line

Summer 2020 Interim Babysitting Support