Paying for Childcare
Paying for childcare can be challenging. Northwestern offers several programs to help faculty, staff, and students. Please visit the program pages for more information about individual programs.
Programs administered by Work/Life & Family resources
- Center-Specific Childcare Fee Assistance Program
Available to eligible families with children enrolled in Bright Horizons @ Evanston, Bernice E. Lavin Early Childhood Education Center, McGaw YMCA Children’s Center, and the University Children’s Center.
- TGS Graduate Student Childcare Grant
A portable grant for eligible graduate student parents, who are affiliated with The Graduate School. Contact the Office of Work/Life and Family Resources with questions about the TGS Graduate Student Childcare Grant.
- Backup Care Reimbursement Program
The Backup Care Reimbursement Program provides reimbursement of up to $25 per day, up to 6 days per year, per family (a total of $150 per academic year). Backup care is short-term care you access when your regular childcare arrangements fall through. Download the Backup Care Reimbursement form
Programs administered by HR's Benefits team and other offices
Please visit the program pages for more information, including who to contact with questions.
- Northwestern University’s Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
Administered by Human Resources' Benefits team, this program helps benefits-eligible employees pay for childcare expenses and certain non-healthcare costs associated with the care of a dependent child, spouse or parent. Participants make pre-tax contributions by payroll deduction and the contributions are allocated to an account maintained on the participant's behalf by the University. Employees with a family adjusted gross income of up to $130,000 can apply for the Dependent Care Employer Match.
- Dependent Care Professional Travel Grant Program (Faculty only)
Administered by the Provost’s Office to support faculty professional development, this grant provides eligible applicants with funding for dependent care costs incurred as a result of travel for professional development purposes.
- TGS Dependent Care Professional Development Grant (TGS Graduate Students only)
Administered by The Graduate School to support TGS Graduate Student professional development, this grant provides eligible applicants with funding for dependent care costs incurred as a result of travel for professional development purposes.