Child Care Resources

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As a reminder,  all faculty, trainees and now essential on-site staff who do not have alternative child care options,  access services through UCSF’s Back Up Care program

  • This program provides In-home child care (for all age groups) as well as center-based child care at UCSF’s University Child Care Center at Mission Bay and Laurel Heights Child Development Center (for children aged 2 months – 5 years).
  • Currently each enrollee receives 20 days of care per academic year. Co-pays apply.

The UCSF community also has access to Sittercity, a web resource that can be utilized to search for child and elder care without a registration fee. If UCSF’s Back up care cannot accommodate your in-home request, Sittercity caregivers can be used to locate out-of-network care. To learn more and register for the program, and be connected with personnel who can assist you with the options available to you, please visit this website

The community is also responding with multiple offers to help with child care:

  • The City and County of San Francisco opened school-aged emergency childcare services for health care and low-income workers through SF Parks & Rec and have availability. All essential UCSF employees who must work on site and don’t have alternative options can utilize these centers.

§  If you are interested in emergency care while you work, visit the information and registration link page. If you have trouble registering you can email [email protected], or, you can call 1-628-652-2900, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Reference access code: 954322)

§  Registration is on a site-by-site basis, but once attending a particular site, you may not change sites. If your chosen site is full, please choose another site. If all the sites you are interested in are full, please visit for other services you may be able to access

  • The Spanish immersion HolaKids pre-schools in the Bay Area opened emergency child care today with capacity for essential workers only.

Anyone interested can email  [email protected] with “Essential worker child care request” in the subject line, and mention UCSF as a community reference.

Graduate students who are interested in being a part of the child care workforce, can sign up for free at: We will be providing instructions to students and other UCSF volunteers on how to designate themselves as “affiliated” with UCSF.  

The UCSF community can continue to utilize UCSF’s Child Care Referral Service for assistance finding licensed child care.


 DCYF EMERGENCY CHILD CARE    DCYF Emergency Child Care   

From: VHASFC Public Affairs Office <[email protected]>   Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:06 PM

To all employees:

Please see information below about free childcare services offered by the City and County of San Francisco. As you continue to work on the front line of the city’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) response, a thankful city wants to help ensure that your needs are being met at home during this stressful and ever-evolving situation.

Mayor London N. Breed recently announced free emergency child and youth care services at Rec and Park facilities for health care workers, Department of Public Health (DPH) staff, and city workers who have been activated as Disaster Service Workers (DSWs), as our city grapples with the COVID-19, coronavirus, situation.

This email provides specific registration instructions on how to access these services for the week of March 23-27.

San Francisco Recreation and Park recreation facilities will serve children in grades K through 8, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., providing homework help and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

For those working a 12-hour shift, you will have the opportunity to request extended care between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. when you register.

Registration is on a site-by-site basis, but once attending a particular site, you may not change sites. If your chosen site is full, please choose another site. If all the sites you are interested in are full, please visit for other services you may be able to access.

Please note, this invitation is non-transferable and is offered only to families that meet certain criteria. Children who have not reached school age are not eligible for this program. The Office of Early Care and Education is continuing to provide support and guidance for existing private childcare providers for children 0-5.

Children and youth must be signed in and out of care by a parent with a valid ID. For detailed information about the program, see here: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Before registering, please consider the following questions:

• Has any member of the household, including the child or youth needing care, had a fever, cough or shortness of breath in the last 24 hours?

• Has the child or youth had contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last two weeks?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then your child may not attend this program.

Register Now  If you’re interested, please visit the Emergency Child Care Services web page. Use Reference access code: 954322. If you have trouble registering, email [email protected], or call 1-628-652-2900, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Office of Public Affairs  San Francisco VA Health Care System    415-750-2012 | [email protected]


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