Resources for Students Who Are Parents

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Options for Students with Children

This page is intended for the use of UW Bothell students who are also parents.

Starting in Fall Quarter 2016, funding towards childcare assistance was made available to qualifying students in addition to already granted financial assistance.  The funds are a result from a proposal request by The Parent Union in conjunction with the financial aid office to the Services and Activities Fee Committee (SAF). The funds of 105,000 dollars granted by SAF are a pilot program for the academic year, distributed in fall, winter and spring quarters with a cap of 35,000 per quarter.

Staff and faculty are encouraged to advise students of such opportunity. Parenting students can apply using the application. Please visit the web page for more information.


Finding Childcare

In January 2016, the University of Washington launched new childcare programs through KinderCare and Bright Horizons, two leading early childhood education and childcare providers. These programs include priority access to services, Back-Up/Sick Childcare, and tuition discounts.

Priority Access

Receive priority access to Bright Horizons and six designated KinderCare centers:

Bright Horizons

  • (425) 415-1066
  • Three locations in Seattle
  • UW Students are eligible for enrollment priority.
  • Open from 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM on weekdays. Age ranges from infants - kindergarten.

Bothell KinderCare

  • (425) 488-7383
  • 15816 116th Ave N.E., Bothell, WA. 98072
  • The remaining five priority KinderCare access centers are Nothgate, Seattle, Browns Point, North Tacoma, and Woodinville.
  • Priority access does not guarantee placement, but it will move you up their waitlist as UW student, faculty, or staff.

Back-Up/Sick Childcare

Back-Up/sick childcare is available. In-home sick childcare for your mildly ill child and center-based backup childcare is available through Bright Horizons. Up to five combined in-center and in-home uses per year are allowed.

Additional in-center based back-up childcare is also available through any KinderCare location. Up to 10 uses per family per year.

Tuition Discounts

Save 10% on standard weekly tuition rates at all KinderCare locations and Before-and After-School Champions programs. If you are currently enrolled in either of these programs, please let them know you are a UW Bothell student, faculty or staff to receive your discount. 

Registration is required for all programs. Services are as available and are not guaranteed. 

For detailed information, please access the UW WorkLife web page for more information.

Financial Resources

  • The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is designed to offset childcare costs associated with the student-parent’s ability to attend UW Bothell while completing their degree program. This award is funded by the Services and Activities Fees paid by students attending the UW Bothell campus. The CCAP funds will cover the costs of licensed childcare for children between the ages of birth through 12 years old.  Although charges associated with full-day public kindergarten may be considered, kindergarten charges associated with private schools are not typically covered. The CCAP fund is available on a first-come, first-served basis with priority consideration given to those student who meet the CCAP priority application date of August 31, 2016.
  • Goodwin Connections (previously known as Seattle Milk Fund) is a childcare and family support program that helps students financially with not just the cost of childcare but also the cost of other family expenses due to being a college student.

Other Childcare Resources Near the UW Bothell Campus

Child Care Aware of Washington

  • (253) 383-1735
  • A general childcare resource page for the state of Washington.

Children’s Home Society of Washington

  • (509) 663-0034
  • A network that supports children in finding safe, stable, and caring homes.

Kid’s Country

  • (425) 486-0260
  • A preschool and kindergarten located in Bothell, for ages 4 weeks - 12 years.
  • Open from 5:45 AM - 6:30 PM on weekdays.

Northshore YMCA

  • (425) 485-9797
  • Ranges from toddler, preschool, and before & after-school childcare.
  • Open from 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM on weekdays.

The Nest in Woodinville

  • (425) 415-6378
  • Up to 4 hours per day. Specifically for 2 - 6 year olds.
  • Open from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM on weekdays. 

The University of Washington Bothell does not recommend or endorse any childcare provider or service. These are only to serve as additional resources to those seeking local childcare providers and related services.


On-Campus Resources

Lactation Rooms/Quiet Rooms

Please visit the lactation stations website for more information.

  • UW1-128
  • UW2-336 (from May 5 to September 27, 2016)
  • Husky Hall 1419
  • Beardslee Crossing 102U

Location maps

Changing Station Locations

  • Discovery-LL Floor Unisex Washroom (050)
  • UW2-L2 Floor Men's and Women's Washrooms
  • UW1-1st Floor Men's and Women's Washrooms 
  • Campus Library LB1-1st Floor Men's and Women's Washrooms
  • Campus Library LB2- 1st Floor Men's and Women's Washrooms (NCEC)

The Parent Union

For more information and resources for parent-students, please visit The Parent Union. This page was created by Ruth Medina, who was a member of the Childcare Advisory Committee at the University of Washington Bothell.