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Child Care

​Dependent care expenses can be reimbursed through pre-tax salary deductions by enrolling in the Dependent Care Flexible Savings Account. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, day-care centers, after school expenses and nursery school expenses.

Bright Horizons

Benefits-eligible full-time and part-time faculty and staff have access to back-up care services for children or adults through the Bright Horizons Back-Up Care Advantage Program. The program includes center-based and in-home care for children and adults. Co-pays and limits do apply. Employees also have access to a comprehensive database of self-pay services including nannies and sitters for the evening and weekend care, plus elder care resources, pet sitters, homework help, and more. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about back-up careFor additional information about Bright Horizons child care services, review their Child Care Center User Guide and In-Home Child Care User Guide

To register, visit the Bright Horizons website or call (877) 242-2737. You can also download the Bright Horizons App in the App Store or Google Play.

Beginning May 1, 2021, usual co-pays that apply to back-up care services provided by Bright Horizons are being waived. Benefits-eligible employees receive up to 15 days of back-up care per calendar year.

Also beginning May 1, the back-up care benefit can be used to reserve an experienced tutor to help  5- to 18-year-old children with homework or dedicated support in a specific subject. Each back-up care use can be exchanged for up to 4 hours of virtual tutoring. To learn more about the virtual tutoring offering, watch a video and/or follow this step-by-step guide about the reservation process. Note: Virtual Tutoring is not child-care and tutors are not considered caregivers or Bright Horizons personnel; a parent or guardian must be available to supervise during all virtual tutoring sessions.

Note: The waiver of co-pays for Bright Horizons’ services and the addition of the tutoring services are offered as a temporary benefit for 2021. These additional benefits are offered to make up for the period of time when Bright Horizons’ services were more significantly impacted by the pandemic.  Service co-pays are expected to resume in 2022 and tutoring services are expected to cease.

For up-to-date information on back-up care and COVID-19, please visit

Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports

When you have to work, you need support for your family, especially right now. Whether it’s reliable child care or extra academic support, rely on Bright Horizons® Enhanced Family Supports.

Primary Child Care Solutions
  • Jump ahead on Bright Horizons® center waitlists.  
  • Access discounts on summer day camp at Steve & Kate’s Camp.
  • Receive waived membership fees ($150 value) for Sittercity’s database of sitters. 
  • Get a discount on College Nannies, a high-touch nanny placement service.
  • Access before- and after-school programs from Right at School.
Academic Support & Tutoring
  • Get exclusive discounts on tutoring from high-quality education partners, including Sylvan Learning, Varsity Tutors, and Revolution Prep.
Enrichment Programs
  • Access fun, creative, and educational options for your child, including Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Code Ninjas, and MarcoPolo — all with cost-saving discounts.

Additional benefits include resources to help find elder care, pet care, housekeeping, and more.

Find support now through Bright Horizons. 

Gems World Academy Chicago - Early Years

Private pre-school and K-12 discount for DePaul University employees. Children at Gems World Academy Chicago - Early Years receive an early start on a world-class education in a structured and safe learning environment. GEMS Education has been the world’s foremost provider of private education for children from birth through grade 12 for over 50 years.

Program and eligibility: Eligible DePaul employees (faculty and staff) receive a discount on Pre-K through Grade 12 tuition. Enrollment is based on space availability within each program. The discount program is offered to all active full-time and part-time employees who are benefits-eligible (eligible for the DePaul University health plans). Eligibility ends when no longer employed by DePaul University.

Contact information:

Additional Resources

ComPsych - Employee Assistance Program

DePaul's employee assistance program, ComPsych, offers a child care resource and referral service.

  • Find tools, resources, and information at the ComPsych website.
  • For questions or to schedule an appointment: (800) 621-4124, Web ID EAP4DPU

Visit these local, state and national organizations that assist families seeking child care information, resources, programs, and services:

Chicago Early Childhood Program Locator

The Early Childhood Program Locator is a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Department of Children and Youth Services. The website assists in finding quality early childhood education programs near your work or home.

Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS)
The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services manages programs serving the City’s children and youth. DFSS partners with community organizations, social service providers, and institutions to meet the needs of Chicago’s children.

Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA)
The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies is a statewide organization and contains Child Care Resources and Referral (CCR&R) for families in Illinois.

National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC)
The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center provides detailed child care information resources.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children seeks to improve the well-being and quality of education and developmental services for young children, birth to 8 years.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education works to improve the quality of out-of-home child care and early education.

This resource list is intended to provide the DePaul community with quick access to general information on local service providers and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. DePaul is not responsible for the information and services provided and makes no representations or warranties with respect to any of their information, products, or services. The service providers are not affiliated with DePaul and you should evaluate their experience, qualifications, skills, and services in light of your own circumstances and needs.