NIH Back-up Care Program
"Absolutely love it, been able to go to work when I wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. It 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 (NIH) 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 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)
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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:
By telephone at (877) 242-2737.
Reservations for care can be made one month in advance and up to the day care is needed.
You can reserve care three ways:
Cost of Care
In-Home Care (Children & Adults): $16.00 dollars per hour, up to three (3) children or adults
Mildly-ill Care (In-Home ONLY): $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
If you have additional questions or need more information, please call the NIH Child and Family Programs team at: 301-827-3250.
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Learn about other programs for NIH families, including the child care subsidy, resource and referral services, and the parenting listserv.