Back-up Dependent Care Program Expanded

September 17, 2020

We are pleased to announce an expansion of the Bright Horizons Back-Up Care Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant consequences it has had for those responsible for the care of dependents. The program is now available to all benefits-eligible employees and students. All can use up to 120 hours of in-home or center-based care for children or adult dependents, for a low hourly copay. 

This expanded program begins today for all academic employees and students, and on October 1st for all staff employees. The program lasts through June 30, 2021. 

Bright Horizons maintains a nationwide network of caregivers and centers, so care can be arranged even if you or a loved one do not reside in the greater Bay Area. Caregivers and centers follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended health and safety protocols.

We understand that this program will not alleviate all sources of dependent-care stress that many of you are experiencing during this difficult time, but hope that it will support you as you continue to positively contribute to the University through your work or study. 

More information can be found at the following websites:

For all academic employees:

For all staff:

For all students:

Additional information and resources for dependent care are available at In particular, we remind you of another resource for help with dependent-care issues, Berkeley CareBubbles, for making your own arrangements with other Cal affiliates.

Best wishes,

Lisa García Bedolla
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division

Ben Hermalin
Vice Provost for the Faculty

Sharon Inkelas
Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty

Eugene Whitlock
Assistant Vice Chancellor, People & Culture

Vice Chancellor, Administration