Can I have a babysitter or nanny come to my home?
The California Stay at Home order permits babysitters and nannies to provide in-home child care. Child care workers should adhere to basic prevention guidelines (e.g. handwashing for at least 20 seconds, physical distancing, staying home if feeling ill). (Information current as of 5/14/20).
You should also check local public health mandates to see if babysitters and nannies are allowed. If local and state mandates have conflicting information, the more stringent guidelines should be followed.
San Francisco’s mandate permits employees who are allowed to work to utilize child care programs, summer camps or other education or recreation programs. Nannies and babysitters are also allowed, for employees working on-site or from home.
How can I find a babysitter or nanny?
Sittercity is a web-based resource that helps families find pre-screened, in-home caregivers for occasional or long-term care. The Sittercity membership fee is covered by the UC system (subject to bargaining unit participation) or UCSF. Individuals pay for the services of the caregivers they hire through Sittercity (this service includes free basic background checks).
Other websites, such as Urbansitter.com and Care.com, are available for families to find occasional or long-term babysitters or nannies. Resources to find other families interested in share care include Care.com and Wunderhood. Since these programs are not administered by either the UC system or UCSF, membership fees may apply.
Another alternative is for families to get nanny leads through their neighborhood parent groups. You might want to check local neighborhood parent groups on Facebook, Nextdoor and Google Groups.
What are my child care options?
California’s public health order currently allows child care facilities to be open with necessary modifications. MyChildCare.ca.gov provides an interactive map of qualified licensed child care providers. Note that San Francisco’s May 4 Order permits child care establishments to provide care for children of persons who are working in essential businesses or outdoor businesses or performing minimum basic operations.
The San Francisco Emergency Child Care Program offers emergency child care for essential workers, including those who work in San Francisco but live elsewhere. These programs are for children ages 0-5 and in grades K-8.
Through UCSF’s Child Care Referral Service, an experienced counselor can provide referrals to licensed centers and licensed family child care homes in addition to information on summer programs and other related services.
Some members of the UCSF community (faculty, residents, clinical fellows, essential on-site staff) have access to Bright Horizons’ Back-Up Care program. This program provides 20 days of in-home or center-based care per year (July 1 - June 30). Co-pays apply. To learn more about the program and to check eligibility, please visit the Family Service’s Back-Up Care page.
You can also utilize the resources mentioned above to search for a babysitter or nanny.
Will summer camps be open this year?
On May 22, Mayor Breed announced San Francisco’s summer camps and programs can reopen for children and youth ages 5 to 17 on June 15th with limited capacity and with modifications intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Modifications include 3 week camp sessions, limited group sizes of 12 children, no co-mingling between groups, health screenings and face coverings. Learn more here.
San Francisco Recreation and Park will open enrollment for camps for priority registration (limited to those participating in the emergency child care program and scholarship eligible families) on May 26. Registration opens to all on June 6.
The San Francisco YMCA will continue offering Pop-Up Y Kids programs at several locations for the children of essential workers but will transition to a fee structure in June ($285/week for community). More information their summer programs is available on their website.
For a list of other camps that plan to operate this summer, please visit the Child Care Referral Program’s list of summer camps (information subject to change; please contact the camps directly for the most updated information).
What are camps and child care centers doing to reduce risk of virus transmission?
Licensed child care centers are required to abide by the physical distancing guidance issued by the California Department of Social Services, as well as local public health mandates. These requirements include limited group sizes, keeping the same children together, having providers stay with the same group of children, and more.
Child care programs and camps must also follow the interim guidance provided by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Am I able to use the paid administrative time due to school or dependent care closures?
Refer to HR’s COVID-19 FAQs for Employees for resources and information on the use of paid administrative leave, including process information, forms, and contacts for questions. The FAQs are updated regularly.
Am I considered an essential worker?
UCSF, as a healthcare organization, qualifies as essential. Those UCSF employees authorized to be on-site are considered essential for the purposes of qualifying to use child care services.
To find out more about qualifications for Essential Worker positions by the City & County of San Francisco, please visit this page. The state provides further guidance on the essential workforce here.
What resources are available for COVID-19 testing for child care providers?
California is increasing testing capacity daily, and has a comprehensive listing of testing locations on the state’s Testing and Treatment website. This site includes the requirements for each testing location.
In San Francisco, essential and frontline employees (including those who are not experiencing symptoms) can be tested at a CityTestSF location. Essential and frontline workers include those working in child care settings as well as those providing home-based care for children.
Who can I contact for more information?
The non-UCSF resources above are provided for informational purposes only. With respect to information available from this website, neither the University of California (the “University”), on behalf of UCSF Family Services, nor any of its officers, board members, agents, employees, students, or volunteers makes any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose; nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the usefulness of the non-UCSF resources. The non-UCSF resources have not been screened, nor are they endorsed, recommended or favored, by the University. Families are fully responsible for evaluating resources and assessing quality.