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NIH Back-up Care Program 

"Absolutely love it, been able to go to work when I wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. If would have been frustrating to call all those centers myself."   
(Comment from Back-up Care Participant)

Care when you need it most 

The National Institutes of Health has contracted with Bright Horizons to offer NIH Federal employees access to back-up care when they need to be at work and their regular child or adult/elder care is unavailable.

This new program can help when:

§  Your regular caregiver or stay-at-home spouse is unavailable
§  You are transitioning between child or adult/elder care arrangements
§  Your child's regular center or school is closed
§  Your child or adult/elder relative is mildly ill or needs temporary assistance
§  You need care for yourself
NIH Federal employees have access to the following back-up care programs:
§  Center-based child care
§  In-home child care
§  In-home mildly ill child care
§  In-home adult/elder care
§  Self care (when YOU need care)

Register today to ensure peace of mind tomorrow 

You must register with Bright Horizons before you can reserve care.                                                             
It is FREE and easy to do. A valid NIH e-mail address is required. 
You can register two ways:
Online at the Bright Horizons website, http://www.backup.brighthorizons.com External Web Site
By telephone at (877) 242-2737.  

Plan Ahead 

 Reservations for care can be placed one month in advance and up to the day care is needed.

Cost of Care 

In-Home Care (Children & Adults):   $16.00 dollars per hour, up to three (3) children or adults
Center-based Care (Children ONLY): $ 6.00 dollars per hour, per child
Self-Care (when YOU need care):     $16.00 dollars per hour

Need More Information 

Please refer to the NIH Back-up Care Program Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have additional questions, please call the NIH Child Care Team at (301) 402-8180.