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Bright Horizons Care Advantage

Bright Horizons Care Advantage is a web-based resource to help you find parenting resources and select pre-screened caregivers for children, adults — and even pets. You select the right caregiver for you.


Whether you need everyday or occasional care, Bright Horizons Care Advantage provides a comprehensive childcare, pet care, and eldercare solution to complement UC's work/life benefits and employee assistance resources:

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Current benefits-eligible employees may be eligible for the program. For eligibility information, see UCnet.

Ongoing Support for Your Whole Family

If you are interested in childcare discounts or preferred enrollment for UC San Diego families at nearby center-based child care centers, visit the University of California Center Search Locator for information about centers that offer preferred enrollment and exclusive discounts. 

You may also access the Bright Horizons Family Matters Resource Room 24 hours a day to find free online resources and webinars on work, life, family, and education topics.  For additional benefits for which you must register, please see below.

Components of your Bright Horizons Additional Family Supports That Require Registration:

Employees who are eligible for Bright Horizons are also eligible for the Sittercity and Years Ahead family support programs, which allow users to access listings for caretakers, petsitters, and eldercare providers via registration at the UC Bright Horizons registration website.  Please note: employee ID numbers should be nine (9) digits. Please use your employee ID number on your earnings statement or add a zero (0) to the front of the eight (8) digit number on your campus card.

Sittercity benefits include resource databases to help you find:

  • Babysitters: after-school, last minute, school holidays, extended work hours
  • Nannies: full and part time
  • Pet caregivers: dog walkers and pet sitters
  • Caregivers who can assist with special needs, companion care, homework help, and housekeeping

Sittercity is America’s largest website for connecting families with quality local in-home caregivers with nearly 2 million caregivers nationwide.  Your Sittercity benefit gives you online access to local caregivers with profiles that include background checks, references, parent reviews, pictures, and more.

Years Ahead benefits include :

  • One on one elder care planning and referrals with a live consultant
  • Specialized facilities including memory and hospice care and independent and assisted living communities

For more information on benefits navigation, please take a look at a 2018 Family Supports 101 slide deck  provided by Bright Horizons.  An FAQ is also available. 

Pilot Back-Up Care Program for Ladder-Rank Faculty and Teaching Professors (LPSOE/LSOEs)

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This benefit pertains to UC San Diego Ladder-Rank Faculty and Teaching Professors (LPSOE/LSOEs).

Learn More:

2021 End of Year Flyer 

When the Busy Back-to-School Season Hits, Your Benefits Have Your Back


Support for Your Family, All School Year Long    
The end of summer means getting back into the swing of the school-year routine. And if your workplace is reopening, you might need even more support. Bright Horizons® can make it easier on your whole family.

Back-Up Family Care
When school and work schedules don’t match up, back-up care has you covered with reliable child care in our centers and at home. Plan ahead and book care up to 90 days in advance.* Our industry-leading health & safety policies for Bright Horizons centers, and shared with our other providers, were created in consultation with one of the nation’s top pediatric infectious disease experts.*** Learn more here:

Academic Supports
Set your child up for success, all school-year long with exclusive discounts on tutoring and test prep through Revolution Prep.
Get Started

Ready to reserve back-up care? Visit
If Prompted: Employer Username: UCSD | Password: Benefits4You
*Back-up care reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance for care scheduled to happen before January 1, 2022.
***For up-to-date information on back-up care and COVID-19, please visit

Back-to-School: Care Supports


Balance School-Year Schedules With Back-Up Care

This benefit pertains to UC San Diego Ladder-Rank Faculty and Teaching Professors (LPSOE/LSOEs).

School holidays, early release and late start, last-minute weather delays, and more — just some of the scheduling hiccups on the horizon as back-to-school season nears. Your Bright Horizons Back-Up Care™ benefit has you covered so you don’t have to skip a beat at work. Plan ahead and book care up to 90 days in advance.*

Get Started
Ready to reserve back-up care? Visit
If Prompted: Employer Username: UCSD | Password: Benefits4You
*Back-up care reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance for care scheduled to happen before January 1, 2022.

While School is out for Summer, Your Benefits Have Your Back

 School’s still out for summer — and work is full steam ahead. But with your Bright Horizons® benefits, you won’t have to worry about gaps in your child’s care. Reserve back-up care you can count on at nearby centers and at camps — or even in your own home, all with industry-leading policies to help keep your family healthy and safe.* Plus, take advantage of educational support and tutoring and test prep options from top-tier partners. Register for your benefits now so you’re ready whenever you need to use them.  See the pilot program overview below.

Get Started
If Prompted: Employer Username: UCSD | Password: Benefits4You

Ready to reserve back-up care? Visit
*For up-to-date information on back-up care and COVID-19, please visit

**Please note: Self-selected Out-of-Network Care was deactivated by Bright Horizons, effective 5/31/2021.

Pilot Program Overview:

Effective 11/1/2019, Ladder-Rank Faculty and Teaching Professors (LPSOE/LSOEs) at UC San Diego are eligible for a pilot back-up care program through Bright Horizons, which provides faculty with up to 10 days of back-up care benefits for use for dependents young and old.  Employer-subsidized co-pays are set at only $15 per child (or $25 per family), per day, for center-based care, and $6 per hour for in-home care, with a 4 hour minimum requirement. Same day care is available with 2 hours minimum notice. 

Interested in learning more? Log in to the UC San Diego Bright Horizons Back-Up Care website with the above credentials to enroll for benefits and attend a live introductory webinar for UC San Diego's program at the link below.  Also check out Bright Horizons summary pages about program use while traveling or upon return from parental leave, as well as for in-home adult and elder-care

For a more in-depth description of program uses and restrictions, download the Bright Horizons Back-Up Care FAQ. The Preparing for Back-Up Care In a Center handout is helpful for preparing for your first day of center care use.

Please note: Enrollment and completion of necessary forms for first-time daycare center use may be time-intensive and is advised to have completed well before the first desired date of care.  If this paperwork has not been completed in advance, in some cases, in home care may be the best option to reserve on your first day of use.  

Program Introduction Webinars:

Bright Horizons Back-Up Care & Additional Family Supports
Whether you need help with unexpected care needs, full-time child care or a star after-school sitter for the kids, a dog walker, elder care resources, academic support for your child, or someone to clean your home, your Bright Horizons Back-Up Care™ and Bright Horizons Additional Family Supports™ benefits can help.

Projected Eligibility List Updates:

Program eligibility lists are updated quarterly, but individual enrollment eligibility can be adjusted on a case by case basis. Faculty in eligible series who experience technical difficulties are invited to contact Gabriel Lopez, Director of Policy and Family Programs, at .   

Related Resources for Families and Employees

Please visit our curated page entitled Family Friendly and Work/Life  Programs and Services for additional information about UC San Diego and local resources for faculty and academic appointees.