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Child Care

Welcome to UC San Francisco Child Care & Family Services. We consistently strive to meet the diverse needs of UCSF faculty, student, and staff through our Child Care Centers, Referral Service, Parent Lecture Series, and other alternative resources. We invite you to explore our website, to find the resources that are right for you and your family.


The My Family at UCSF website provides a wealth of information about child, youth, and older adult services.
 Visit the site by clicking on the link in our Quick Links section.


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Student Resources

Child Care is here to help support UCSF students through student scholarships to our Child Care Centers, our Child Care Referral Service and Parent Education Lecture Series, and resources via the My Family at UCSF website. Questions? We may have the answers in our student Q&A:

UCSF Child Care Centers - Questions Frequently Asked by UCSF Students

Q: Is child care available at UCSF? 
Currently there are wait pools for all four UCSF Child Care Centers. Average wait time is one year or more. Occasionally, each of our centers has available slots for part-time care. For inquiries, contact our centers.
Kirkham Child Development Center at Parnassus - 415.664.1217  
Marilyn Reed Lucia Child Care Study Center at Parnassus - 415.504.7023
University Child Care Center at Laurel Heights - 415.775.2111  
University Child Care Center at Mission Bay -  415.255.7954

Q: How do I join the wait pool?
Visit the Wait Pool Application page for more information. Students and Post docs receive first priority in the wait pools. The fee for applying to all four UCSF centers is $75.

Q: Are student child care scholarships available?
In 2013 the Student Services Fee Committee voted to discontinue the UCSF Child Care Centers Student Scholarship Program. The program had provided tuition discounts of $400-$2000 annually for eligible students enrolled at UCSF Child Care Centers.

In 2013, The Graduate Division offered a pilot program for eligible Phds or DPTSc graduate students. For program details visit The Graduate Division Website.

Q: If UCSF Child Care isn’t right for me, does UCSF refer to other services?
The campus Child Care Referral Service, which is free to UCSF students, faculty and staff, provides information about care options in San Francisco. Call us at 415.476.2692 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

There are also non-UCSF child care resource and referral agencies in the general community that assist families seeking care in addition to administering various subsidy programs that help families pay for care. The two San Francisco-based child care resource and referral agencies are Children’s Council of S.F. and We Yee Children’s Services

Q: What other resources are available for me and my family at UCSF?
Bright Horizons Care Advantage (Sittercity/Years Ahead) is here for UCSF students! Are you looking for full or part-time care at home? A tutor or other household help? UCSF Student Services Fees fund free membership access to self-selected, pre-screened caregivers.

The My Family @ UCSF web portal provides a centralized location for parents, and others, to find information on child, youth, and older adult services. The site includes links on child care resources and referrals, children’s health, fitness and nutrition topics, lactation resources and more.

Subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter, just for UCSF families to learn about free parent education workshops, family events and other resources.