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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:
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 or (312)362-8232.

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.