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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 Care Advantage Program

Note: Please click here for updated Bright Horizons Family Care info related to COVID-19.

Benefits-eligible full-time and part-time faculty and staff have access to backup care services for children or adults through the program. The service includes center-based and in-home care for children and adults. Co-pays and limits do apply. Learn more. Employees also have access to a comprehensive database of self-pay services including nannies and sitters for an evening and weekend care, plus elder care resources, pet sitters, homework help, and more. Click here for additional information.

Registration website: careadvantage.com/depaul
Registration phone: (877) BH-CARES (877-242-2737)

Back-Up Username: DEPAUL
Back-Up Password: VINCENT

As a benefits eligible employee of DePaul University, you receive up to 15 days of back-up care per calendar year. Center-based care is $15/child/visit with a maximum of $25/family/visit. In-home care is $6/hour (4-hour minimum).

Bright Horizons Child Care Center User Guide
Bright Horizons In-Home Child Care User Guide

For questions contact the Benefits Department hrbenefits@depaul.edu or (312)362-8232.


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 or get tuition discounts at our partner centers.
  • Take advantage of waived membership fees ($150 value) for Sittercity’s premium database of sitters and virtual sitting.
  • Get discounts on College Nannies, a local, high-touch nanny placement service for trained, screened nannies.

Academic Support & Tutoring

A school year like no other means new challenges for balancing work, parenting, and even schoolwork. Bright Horizons® benefits offer a variety of high-quality options for children ages 5-18 years old, including: 
  • Search tools to find caregivers who can manage small group learning pods through Sittercity. 
  • Broad online tutoring and academic enrichment programs through Varsity Tutors (20% discount on most programs, including tutoring and small group classes).
  • Premium academic and test prep for all ages through Revolution Prep (20% off hourly tutoring rates, 33% off interactive math adventure program).
  • Award-winning digital learning for preschoolers through MarcoPolo Learning, including STEAM and literacy curriculum (65% off annual app subscriptions). 
Additional benefits include resources to help find elder care, pet care, housekeeping, and more.

Find support now through Bright Horizons. 

Have questions about Bright Horizons® Enhanced Family Supports? Click here and find answers to frequently asked questions.


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: www.gemschicago.org


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.