Family Services 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
Laurel Heights Child Development Center - 415.490.5204
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?
The Graduate Division offers a child care grant program for eligible PhD and DPTSc students. For program details, visit the Graduate Division Website.
A student scholarship program provided by UCSF and Bright Horizons is available at UCSF’s Parnassus child care center locations. The program provides eligible student families enrolled at Marilyn Reed Lucia Center and Kirkham Child Development Center with tuition discounts of approximately $400-1500 per year based on need. Enrolled student families are notified by the center administration annually and are invited to apply. Please see your Parnassus Center Site Director for details.
Age eligible children enrolled in a UCSF Child Care Center may be able to participate in Preschool for All (PFA), a state and locally funded program providing pre-K tuition discounts - at approved child care facilities - for San Francisco County residents, regardless of family income. In addition, PFA funding supports income-based scholarships for younger children enrolled in a participating preschool program and residing in San Francisco. PFA and PFA scholarship awards vary from year to year; availability of awards is contingent on funding. For more details, contact your UCSF Center Site Director. Please refer to the Preschool for All website for general program information.
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?
Sittercity/Years Ahead (Bright Horizons Care Advantage) 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.