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 child care programs, summer camps and other education or recreation programs to enroll all children; essential worker families and vulnerable populations may receive priority enrollment. Nannies and babysitters are also allowed for all families.
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.
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, students) have access to Bright Horizons’ Back-Up Care Program. This program provides in-home or center-based care when a family’s regular caregiver is unavailable. Co-pays and utilization allocations apply. To learn more about the program and to check eligibility, please visit the Back-Up Care page for faculty and residents/clinical fellows and the Student Back-Up Care page.
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?