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NIH Trainees/Fellows Now Eligible to Use NIH Back-up Care Program

On January 4, 2021, NIH Trainees and Fellows will be able to access, for the first time, the NIH Back-up Care Program, which provides a variety of short-term care options to meet their child and/or elder care needs.

The Back-up care program includes:

  • 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).

Participants are eligible for up to 10 days of back-up care per calendar year anywhere in the United States, and reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. Please visit to find out about the program and how to register. Registration is free and easy to do, and if you do it now, you will be ready when you need the services. Once registered, you just request your service, work with the consultants (as needed), and if you utilize one of their services, you pay directly our contractor, Bright Horizons, for any services rendered. They even have a mobile app which makes reserving care with Bright Horizons easy.

The Office of Research Services (ORS) would like to recognize the NIH Child Care Board ( for their dedication, efforts and assistance in this expansion of these important services for the NIH Trainees and Fellows.

If you have any questions about this program and other school-age resources, please contact the Child and Family Programs Team, Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, ORS, at 301-827-3250. For additional information about other NIH Child and Family Programs, including the NIH Child Care Subsidy Program, Lunch and Learn Webinars, NIH Parenting Coach, Legal and Financial Resource and Referral Services, and more, please visit

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