"Absolutely love it, been able to go to work when I wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. It would have been frustrating to call all those centers myself."
(Comment from Back-up Care Participant)
Care when you need it most
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has contracted with Bright Horizons to offer NIH federal employees and fellows/trainees access to back-up care when they need to be at work and their regular
child or adult/elder care is unavailable.
This program can help when:
Your regular caregiver or stay-at-home spouse is unavailable
You are transitioning between child or adult/elder care arrangements
Your child's regular center or school is closed
Your child or adult/elder relative is mildly ill or needs temporary assistance
§ You need care for yourself
NIH federal employees and fellows/trainees have
access to the following back-up care programs:
Center-based child care
In-home child care
In-home mildly ill child care
In-home adult/elder care
Self care (when YOU need care)
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Register today to ensure peace of mind tomorrow
You must register with Bright Horizons before you can reserve care.
First time access information for Bright Horizons
(NIH Access Only through VPN)
It is FREE and easy to do. A valid NIH e-mail address is required.
Reservations for care can be made one month in advance and up to the day care is needed.
You can reserve care three ways:
- Online at Bright Horizons website,
- By telephone at (877) 242-2737
- Via the Bright Horizons Back-Up Care mobile app (found in the App Store or at Google Play)
Cost of Care
In-Home Care (Children & Adults): $16.00 dollars per hour, up to three (3) children or adults
Mildly-ill Care (In-Home ONLY): $16.00 dollars per hour, up to three (3) children or adults
Self-Care (when YOU need care): $16.00 dollars per hour
Center-based Care (Children ONLY): $ 6.00 dollars per hour, per child
Need More Information
If you have additional questions or need more information, please call the NIH Child and Family Programs team at: 301-827-3250.
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Learn about other programs for NIH families, including the child care subsidy, resource and referral services, and the parenting listserv.