Family Programs

COVID-19 CHILD CARE: Information & FAQ’s

Click below to learn more regarding essential personnel child care.

I am an essential worker and I need child care.

On Thursday, 3/26 Governor Hogan announced that child care centers throughout Maryland would be closed for non-essential workers. Child care centers may apply for special short-term licenses to provide care for essential workers only. This will be in effect throughout the duration of the State of Emergency.  

 Child care will be offered at no cost to essential workers with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. 

 Although every effort is being made to ensure that child care is safe, available, and free, Governor Hogan’s directive suggests that parents should “exhaust every option” for making care arrangements at home before bringing your children to group care at this time. 

 Even if you are already enrolled in a center, EVERONE must re-apply for care using the following form: 

Maryland State Child Care for Essential Personnel 

For more information visit
PDF of approved centers open for Essential Personnel 

It’s important to note that all centers may not appear yet, it will be continually updated, please continue to check back. At this time, the list does not show the ages that each provider accepts. The Maryland Family Network can identify which programs are open to school age children or 6 weeks – preschool, depending on your need.   

LOCATE by Maryland Family Network
Enhanced Resource and Referral to Child Care, available to JHU, JHM, and JHHS 

  • Currently prioritizing requests from Essential Personnel 
  • Connect with a specialist to share your child care needs, i.e. location, ages of children 

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Limited spots remain for children ages 4-12. Find locations and register here. The Maryland Family Network can help you find other care. 

In-Home Care by 

JHU, JHM and JHHS may seek in-home backup care through Care@Work by Up to 20 days of subsidized care is available as well as access to a digital portal for finding care. Visit to register. Backup Care and Overview | Care@Work Flyer 

I am NOT an essential worker and I need child care.

In-Home Care by 

JHU, JHM and JHHS may seek in-home backup care through Care@Work by Up to 20 days of subsidized care is available as well as access to a digital portal for finding care. Visit to register. Backup Care and Overview  

 mySupport can provide options and referrals to care outside the state of Maryland. Please contact them at 443-997-7000 or online. For online access, you will need to use the following: 

Username: JHU 

Password: JHU 

 LOCATE by Maryland Family Network helps people find child care. Due to COVID-19, at this time, they are only supporting essential workers. If you are seeking regular child care outside of COVID-19, you may contact them and will be served at a future date.  

Request LOCATE Service: submit the LOCATE: Child Care Registration Form; call 1-800-999-0120, select option 2; or email  

 JHU Employees: Please visit the family programs section of the HR website for more information.  

Will the Johns Hopkins child care centers be open?

All three of our Johns Hopkins partner centers plan to open for essential workers. Bright Horizons is already open. Homewood and WECC will be open no later than Wednesday, April 1. We will post details as soon as they are ready. Priority will be given to currently enrolled families who are essential workers. 

six young children smilingWhether you’re having a baby, raising a child, or caring for an aging relative, we have resources for you, from lactation support, to adoption assistance, to help finding—and paying for—child care and eldercare.

Use the links below to find benefits and programs that fit your needs. And remember, our mySupport program can also help with a variety of issues, including finding child care or eldercare.

Be sure to also check out our LifeMart employee discount program. LifeMart offers discounts on select child care and eldercare services, as well as on other family-friendly services such as meal delivery.

Baby Shower

Get ready for that new addition to your family.  The Johns Hopkins Baby Shower provides new and expectant parents with information about available leave policies, lactation support, child care options, and other available resources.

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Finding Child Care

Looking for quality child care in Maryland? Find options through our LOCATE: Child Care partnership and receive individual counseling to assess your child care needs and then be matched with available services. You’ll receive referrals to registered family child care providers and licensed group programs, as well as follow-up assistance until placement is found. LOCATE also provides materials on specialized child care options and services, federal income tax credits for families, and state financial assistance programs. Our Finding Child Care page also offers links to child care provider networks and services, some of which offer discounted rates to JHU employees.

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Backup Care

We’ve partnered with to provide 20 days of backup care per year at a reduced rate that’s based on your salary. prescreens qualified caregivers to help you find in-home backup emergency care for children and adults, or in-center backup care for children. You also receive a free premium membership, which allows you to perform self-directed searches for a variety of care-giving needs.

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Paying for Child Care

Your JHU benefits include two programs that can help offset the cost of child care: child care vouchers and dependent care flexible spending accounts. Our LifeMart employee discount program can also help cut your costs.

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JHU Child Care Center Partners

JHU partners with three high-quality Baltimore-area child care centers that give admission and wait list priority to JHU employees. We also have relationships with other quality centers that offer wait list priority to our employees.

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Choosing Quality Care

As a parent, you’re responsible for assessing and monitoring the quality of the child care you choose. It’s important—and sometimes stressful—but we’ve got resources that can help, including safety information offered through our partnership with

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Lactation Support

Locate and register to use lactation rooms equipped with hospital-grade pumps and other comforts, get tips on successful milk expression after your return to work, and find manager resources, plus information on laws and JHU policies.

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Family Leave for New Parents

Parents can take paid time off using JHU’s birth recovery leave and parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child younger than 12. For a mother, this can mean up to 10 weeks of paid leave after childbirth (fathers and adoptive parents can get up to four weeks of paid leave).

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Adoption Assistance

In addition to paid parental leave for parents adopting a child under the age of 12, we offer an Adoption Assistance Plan that can provide up to $15,000 toward eligible adoption costs.

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Gestational Surrogacy Program

Outside of the Adoption Assistance Plan, we offer a separate gestational surrogacy benefit that can provide up to $15,000 for eligible expenses associated with gestational surrogacy.

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Aging Adult Services

We have a host of programs that can ease the challenges—emotional, financial, and practical—of caring for an aging adult.

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