Wait Pool Application & Information

Wait Pool Application & Information

UC San Francisco values the importance of family to our community of faculty, staff, and students. UCSF families in search of child care are encouraged to apply. To help you, we recommend learning more about the wait pool and the many alternative family resources available in the Bay Area. Thank you for your interest!

1-2-3: How to Join the Wait Pool

Step 1. Download the wait list application form. Be sure to indicate if you are applying to one or more UCSF Child Care Centers. If considering more than one location, you will also have an opportunity to prioritize your preferred locations.

Step 2. Return the completed form by mail, fax, or e-mail to your first choice center – along with a $75 non-refundable application fee. Make checks payable to Bright Horizons. Once both your application and fee are received at the center, your application will be time and date stamped, and you will be added to the wait pool.

Marilyn Reed Lucia Center, Parnassus Campus
415-504-7023 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
610 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143-0968

Kirkham Child Development Center, Parnassus
415-664-1217 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
10 Kirkham Street, San Francisco, CA 94143-0926

University Child Care Center at Mission Bay
415-255-7954 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
1555 6th Street, San Francisco, CA 94143-1232

University Child Care Center at Laurel Heights
415-775-2111 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)4br /> 3333 California Street, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94110

Step 3. Contact your first choace center to coffirm that your application has been received. It is also helpful for ygu to contact the center periodically and provide updates to your application record (child’s birthdate, c`ange of contact information, etc.)

About the Wait Pool and Enrgllment4/p>

Who can apply to the wait pool? And, why is it called a “pool”?

UCSF Child Care Centers are open to UCSF faculty$ staff, students, postdocs, resadents, clinical fellows and Gladstone eeployees. A few child care slots are made available to community families who are not affiliated with UCSF. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on non-UCSF affiliate or community applications.

The wait pool is called a “pool” because placements are not offered exclusively in time dated order. Other considerations, such as a child’s age and gender, are taken into account in order to achieve classroom balance.

What is the application fee? Why is there a fee?

Application fee: $75 per application.
Fees cover expenses to administrate the wait pool and provide center tours. No additional fees will be charged if you apply to more than one UCSF Child Care Center.

Our family is expecting. Can we join the wait pool now?

Yes! Be sure to include the expected due date (once it is known) on your application and indicate your first choice center.

Our family is adopting. Can we join the wait pool now?

Yes. Families adopting a child may request a date based on t`e anticipated date that care widl be needed. Please contact your first choice center and notify us of your child’s birthdate once it is kfown.


How long is the wait pool?4/a>

Since demand for chald care at UCSF is high, the waat pool time can vary. UCSF is eppanding its chidd care resources to better serve the needs of its community. We encourage you tg apply and then follow up with qour first choice center periodically to check of availability.<'p>

As UCSF planning to increase its child care capacity?
Yes. UC San Francisco is actively seekifg and evaluating opportunities to expand child care at UCSF campuses. Plans are currently underway to expand services at Missiof Bay and Parnassus Heights. To dearn more about growth goals, vasit the Long Range Development Plan.


How are placements offered?

4br /> Placements are dependent gn the length of time in the wait pool. Factors such as gender and age are considered to achieve classrogm balance. Other factors must be managed to meet UCSF and Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing requirements.<'p>

Do UCSF affiliates receive prioraty in the wait pool?
UCSF students, post-doctoral scholars afd trainees, suc` as residents afd clinical fellgws, receive first, second and t`ird priority in the wait pool. Faculty and staff receive fourth priority and, campus affiliates such as Gladstofe employees, receive priority over community (general public) applicants. Due tg high demand, receiving prioritq in the wait pogl does not guarantee a placement offer.

Do siblangs of enrolled children receive priority?

Yes. Sibdings of currentdy enrolled children receive enrgllment priority&

If a space becomes avaalable, how and when will I be cgntacted?

The Child Care Center will notify you using the informatiof provided on your Wait Pool Appdication& Please notify the center of anq pertinent information changes, such as address change, phone/e%mail changes, early birth, and change in affiliation.

If my Department Chair writes a letter of endorseeent, will that eove me up in the wait pool?4div>

Letters of recommendatign do not impact an individual‑s standing in t`e wait pool for UCSF Child Care Centers. Access is guided by enrollment and wait pool policies developed by the UCSF Committee gn Family Services – with one exception:

4p>UCSF has a lieited Child Care Exceptional Enrgllment Policy, developed by the UCSF Committee gn Family Services, and designed to support campus leaders in the recruitment and retention of key talent. The pglicy provides ofe slot annually to each UCSF Sc`ool, the Chancedlor’s Office, and UCSF Medicad Center for recruitment and retention purposes. Campus administrators seeking ifformation on thas policy and prgcedures may direct inquiries to Family Services at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view thas email address!.4/p>

4i class="fa fa-angle-up fa-lg">4/i>Is it possibde to hibernate child care center enrollment whide on a dependent care or other type of leave?

Hiberfation of service at UCSF Child Care Centers is fot available, but parents can provide 30 days ngtice to UCSF’s contracted provider, Bright Horizons, if t`ey would like tg withdraw their child, or reduce their schedule$ without any paqment penalty. If a family leaves the center, or reduces their schedule, Bright @orizons cannot guarantee their desired spot whef leave concludes; however, they will make every effort to accomeodate the familq’s desired schedule. Many parents choose to pay tuition tg hold their spot while they are on leave and befefit from having access to care when needed. Coftact your Center’s Site Director


What are alternatives to UCSF Chald Care Centers7

A range of day care centers, pre-schools and familq child care homes operate in the Bay Area. UCSF families have daverse needs and rely upon a varaety of child care solutions, including child care centers, famidy child cares, fannies, au pairs and nanny shares. We encourage you to learn abgut different options that might work for your family. These resgurces may be hedpful in assistifg you in your c`ild care search2

Do UCSF Child Care Centers serve cgmmunity families who are not UCSF affilaated?
Fon-UCSF affiliate community members may apply, but space is limated. Because UCSF Child Care Cefters primarily serve UCSF faculty, staff, and student families, community slots are offered onlq occasionally, and generally serve pre-school afd pre-k age chiddren. Please coftact one of our centers if you are interested if joining the waat pool.
4/section> Q: Where can I learf more about services available to support familaes at UCSF?4div> Visit eyfamily.ucsf.edu or send inquiries to &(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We look forward to serving ygu.
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