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We have a new offer for free child care for healthcare providers. This is a first come, first-served opportunity and not unique to UW or UW Medicine. Please reach out soon as availability is limited.

What Is Offered: Bright Horizons is partnering with First Responders First to operate FREE fully-funded child care for essential workers in centers located in close proximity to healthcare hubs, including Bright Horizons at 101 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle, WA, 98104 (Pioneer Square). There are a total of 40 spaces available on a first come, first-served basis. Here is a link to a flier with more details about this center to share with your employees

In addition, we have been able to streamline access to child care resources for UW healthcare workers through one process: 

  • Healthcare workers at UW Medicine clinical sites who need child care should call the Child Care Aware COVID Referral Center.
  • The Referral Center can serve callers Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and in their home language.
  • The Referral Center will connect families directly to vacant child care slots in the community, including those available only to UW employees.

Here’s how the process works: 

  • Call 1.800.446.1114.
  • Press “1” to request child care.
  • Press “1” to indicate you are a healthcare worker/first responder.
  • Tell the operator you work at a UW Medicine clinical site.

Learn more about the process here.


Kathleen Farrell
UW Work-Life Program Manager