The Office of Work/Life & Family Resources is available to assist you with a variety of childcare needs. Whether you are looking for information or resources, or you are new to parenthood or the University, we offer many programs to help you locate quality, affordable childcare.

Action for Children: 

Northwestern faculty, staff and students have access to to this free enhanced child care resource and referral services.

Call (773) 356-8135 to reach a designated Northwestern representative.

The Action for Children consultation services include:

  • Parent consultations about the variety of state-licensed child care options available.
  • Child care provider referrals that are customized to the search criteria provided by the parent.
  • Up-to-date information on more than 4,500 child care centers, family childcare homes, nannies agencies, sick care, camps and before and after school programs in Cook County and the surrounding area.
  • Printed resource materials to help parents throughout their childcare search, including tips for interviewing and selecting a quality provider.
  • Information about financial assistance, including state subsidy programs and providers that offer sliding scale fee programs.

NOTE: Action for Children does not provide recommendations among its listed licensed childcare programs. Families must screen providers thoroughly.

Tips for finding childcare 

Priority Enrollment Childcare Centers

These centers offer priority enrollment for University faculty, staff and students:

Community Childcare & Family Resources

City of Chicago

Evanston and Suburbs

In-Home Care Resources


Additional Resources for Northwestern Faculty, Staff & Students