Child Care Resources

Referral support, assistance and drop off child care options

UPDATE.  With the Illinois "Stay-at-home" order that went into effect on March 21, 2020, there are a number of changes to these resources noted below. 

The information on this website is by no means comprehensive.  This website is meant for information only and not intended to be an official endorsement of any particular program or resource.  As the public health crisis is rapidly evolving, so too is the availability of these resources.  

Faculty and staff can connect and get support 24/7 via.  Details are on this flier and listed below

  • New Spark App allows faculty to instant message a counselor or make a video conference appointment.  Search for “Perspectives Spark” in the Google Play Store or App Store.   
    • Username:  UNI500
    • Password:  perspectives
  • Phone:  800.456.6327
  • Online:
    • Login in with user name and password above
    • Click Continue to WorkLife online
    • Click Locators to find elder care, child care centers, nanny and babysitting services, and after school programs by zip code.

Please note, as of March 21st, the Stony Island Center is temporarily closed due to the Illinois Stay-at-home order.  The Drexel Center is a site designated for essential employees required to go into work due to COVID-19 efforts.  

Please contact the Drexel Center directly in advance of attempting to drop off any children as they are experiencing daily changes to availability. 

This center serves children of faculty members, other academic appointees, staff, students and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Chicago and University of Chicago Medicine who are essential employees required to go into work due to COVID-19 efforts.

  • Serves 6 weeks to six years old.
  • Drop-In rates for preschool:  
    • Infant Drop-in (6 weeks to 15 months): $150.00 Per Day
    • Toddler Drop-in 15 months to 24 months: $138.00 Per Day
    • Two's Drop-in (2 to 3 years): $128.00 Per Day
    • Preschool Drop-in (3 to 6 years): $115.00 Per Day
  • They strongly recommend that parents who think they MIGHT need to drop off service contact them and fill out the necessary paperwork needed so they’re ready when they need to access the service.   
  • They will conduct a verbal health screening to confirm program eligibility.

UChicago Child Development Center - Drexel
Center Director:  Tierra Burton
5610 South Drexel Avenue
Phone: 773-256-0000
Hours: M-F: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ages Served: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten Prep

Referral service, information and guidance as parents sort out the type of care (nanny, home daycare, center-based care) that best meets their needs and help them locate providers.  See more information on this flier.