Many of our graduate and professional students have families and their well-being and happiness is a critical part of our students’ success. There are a number of resources available for graduate and professional students with families.

Bears with Cubs

Bears with Cubs is a group for student parents to connect and develop supportive networks. Bears with Cubs hosts a number of events each year including Cub Club events and the annual recognition celebration for graduating graduate and professional students with families. These events are informal and offer a welcoming and family-friendly environment for student parents and their children. You can find a list of upcoming Cub Clubs on the Graduate Center’s News and Events page.

Nursing/Lactation Rooms

Financial Resources

WashU provides a Child Daycare Subsidy to assist PhD student families meet the costs of child daycare while they pursue their studies. Please visit the Child Daycare Subsidy site for more information.

The Buchheit Graduate Student Family Support Fund provides financial support to full-time graduate and professional students with children who encounter unexpected expenses.

The Graduate and Professional Student Emergency Fund assists graduate and professional students with unexpected, one-time expenses enabling them to continue making academic progress despite an unanticipated financial hardship.

For additional information on resources for graduate and professional students, please visit the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and International Affairs.

Child Care Resources

WashU partners with Bright Horizons to provide a range of support to families. The following information describes accessing Bright Horizons resources, as well as other childcare options available. Please contact Lisa Eberle-Mayse (314-935-3060 or, Washington University’s Child and Family Care Facilitator, with questions about these resources.

Register with Bright Horizons:

To get started, register with Bright Horizons. Many of the benefits below come through WashU’s partnership with this company and you must be registered to access them.

ID: Use your six-digit Wash U ID

Through Bright Horizons, you have access to preferred enrollment at their network centers.  These include most KinderCare locations, Cadence Academy and La Petite centers.  You can access those centers from the main Bright Horizons web page once you’ve registered.

Childcare Centers
Nearby Childcare Centers:
  • The Family Learning Center on North Campus is owned by the University and operated by Bright Horizons.  It only enrolls WashU families. Start with the Bright Horizons Enrollment Team at 877-624-4532 for more information and to get on the waiting list.  If you have follow-up questions, you can contact Center Director Kellie Jackson at 935-5437, or
  • University City Children’s Center is not owned by WashU but reserves up to 50% of its spaces for WashU families.  For information and to get on their waiting list, contact Tameka Cook at 314-726-0148, ext. 111 or
Other Quality Centers:
Center  Contact  Distance from Danforth in minutesDistance from Med School in minutes
Children’s Hospital Child Development Centers314-454-470081
Clayton Early Childhood Center  314-725-232577
Cornerstone Center for Early Learning314-865-04821410
Creative Nursery and Preschool314-221-02301210
Discovery Children’s Center314-645-1211108
Discovery Children’s Center  314-645-121176
Downtown Children’s Center  314-621-1131158
Flance Early Learning Center 314-881-08811711
Guidepost Montessori314-328-4972126
Kindercare – Hampton314-645-8300119
The Family Learning Center*877-624-4532811
University City Children’s Center**314-726-0148511
Urban Sprouts Child Development Center 314-997-2259611
Emergency Back-Up Care

Back-up care is available through Bright Horizons when you have a caregiving emergency that would interfere with your normal work responsibilities—a sick caregiver, a schedule change, school or childcare center closure, help after an accident or illness. Back-up care should not be used as regular, on-going care.

Benefit Overview
  • Access up to 20 total uses each calendar year. Unused days do not roll over to the next year.
  • For children, reserve care in your own home, at a high quality center, or with your chosen back-up caregiver.
  • For adults, reserve care in your home, or the adult’s home (even if they live outside of St. Louis) or with your chosen back-up caregiver.
  • Co-Pays:
    • In-home care: $7/hour with a four-home minimum
    • Center-Based Care: $20/child/day ($30 max per family)
  • Center based care: $20/child/day
  • Using your own back-up caregiver (Out-of-Network Care): Pay your caregiver and receive reimbursement of $150/use.
Using Back-Up Care
  • Reserve back-up care with Bright Horizons or call 877-242-2737
  • Download and reserve care from the Bright Horizons App.
Do you have questions about the information on Child Care Resources? Contact Lisa Eberle-Mayse (314-935-3060 or, Washington University’s Child and Family Care Facilitator