Some graduate students come to the University with their families, or plan to start a family while they are in residence here. Obtaining affordable childcare is an important task for graduate student parents. Washington University and the Graduate School have initiated policies and resources designed to assist Ph.D. students in balancing family care and their own academic progress and professional training.
This Graduate School policy seeks to accommodate the needs of graduate students as they assume care for a new child. Therefore, full-time graduate students in Arts & Sciences may take a New Child Leave under the specified conditions.
The Washington University Child Day Care Subsidy is designed to help financially stressed Washington University Ph.D. students meet the costs of child day care at licensed facilities while they pursue Ph.D. degrees.
There are many centers in the St. Louis area that provide quality care; however, it is recommended that parents explore the different options available and fully research a center before enrolling their child(ren). The following information is designed to help graduate student parents start their search.
Note: The Graduate School does not recommend any particular childcare center or referral service.
Bright Connections is an online portal for dependent care information, support, and community networking available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff, clinical fellows, post docs and, full-time graduate and professional school students. Managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Washington University’s backup care provider, Bright Connections serves as a reliable “go-to” electronic resource for busy families who balance work and dependent care responsibilities. The site offers access to a variety of child and adult care tips and resources, including interactive features that allow working caregivers to network with others managing similar dependent care issues, post comments on various backup care topics, and share advice.
Washington University in St. Louis faculty, academic and non-academic staff for whom the University is the primary employer, and full-time graduate and professional students are eligible to enroll children ages six weeks to six years in the WUSTL Family Learning Center.
The center is located on the North Campus at the corner of Skinker Boulevard and Rosedale Avenue, with easy access to the Delmar MetroLink station.
For more information please contact the center director, Ann Bingham, at either email@example.com or 935-KIDS (5437).
Washington University in St. Louis has long enjoyed an affiliation with the University City Children's Center (UCCC). Located at 6646 Vernon Avenue in University City, UCCC is a nonprofit, United Way agency committed to providing innovative, quality education and a nurturing environment to a racially, culturally, socio-economically, and developmentally diverse population of children between 6 weeks and 6 years of age while providing supportive services to families.
For additional information please visit the UCCC web site or call 746-0148.
The Nursery School was founded in 1947. The primary purpose of the nursery school is to provide the highest quality preschool program for children 2 years and 7 months to 5 years of age.
For additional information please visit the Nursery School web site or call 935-6689.
Washington University in St. Louis has partnered with Bright Horizons Family Solutions to offer the Back-Up Care Advantage Program to assist benefits-eligible faculty and staff, clinical fellows, post docs, and full-time professional and graduate students in balancing the competing demands of work, school and life. Services may be accessed when it is necessary to be at work or school, or when travelling, and regular child or elder/adult care is unavailable.