Finding Child Care

We offer a host of helpful tools for families in need of child care, including access to the LOCATE: Child Care resource and referral service, free premium membership to’s digital platform, backup care, and preferential admission relationships with our child care center partners.

You’ll also find savings on select child care providers through the LifeMart employee discount program and help finding any kind of care—summer camps included—through JHU’s mySupport program.

COVID-19 Information

We understand that many people are in search of child care. These services and resources are available to you:

Concerned About Covid-19 Transmission Through Child Care?

It is your responsibility to inform yourself and ask your care provider how they are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. If you are comfortable having these conversations and adhering to best practices, there are resources below. If you are not, then please consider keeping your child home.

LOCATE: Child Care by the Maryland Family Network

Our LOCATE: Child Care partnership allows you to receive individual counseling to assess your child care needs and then be matched with available services in Maryland. 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 Maryland state financial assistance programs.

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In-Home Care

Considering hiring a caregiver to provide child care in your home? You can either identify and hire an in-home provider yourself or use a professional in-home placement agency.

Both LOCATE: Child Care and JHU’s mySupport program offer resources for help finding a caregiver. There are also other agencies and caregiver networks—some of which offer discounted rates to JHU employees—that specialize in care provided at home:

The Nanny Network

The Nanny Network provides screened, vetted, and committed caregivers to families in the Baltimore, Washington, and Northern Virginia areas. Specialists work with families with full- or part-time, permanent, or temporary needs, including by fulfilling JHU employees’ backup child care and eldercare requests submitted through Johns Hopkins University employees get a 20% discount on the retainer fee for a permanent nanny search, or receive a 20% discount on the temporary membership fee.

The Nanny Network is an online family care platform that connects families with caregivers, including those who provide in-home care. Detailed profiles, references, and background checks are a few of the services provides to help you find and select the best care available. All full-time JHU faculty and staff get a free premium membership to’s online platform as part of their benefits package. also handles JHU’s requests for backup child care and eldercare.


Sittercity is a network of babysitters and nannies. Caregiver profiles include photos and detailed bios, background checks, references, and parent reviews, plus information about experience, skills, and certifications.

Au Pair in America

Au Pair in America provides intercultural live-in child care that’s a flexible and enriching experience for the entire family. Johns Hopkins faculty and staff receive a discount of up to $500 off program fees. It is free to apply, free to search for au pairs, and free to set up a consultation with a matching expert or local community counselor.

Au Pair in America Flyer

Au Pair in America Website

Cultural Care Au Pair

Cultural Care Au Pair provides live-in care with screened young adults coming from more than 20 countries around the world. JHU employees applying for the first time will have their $75 application fee waived. Eligible employees also receive $500 off the program fee when signing up to host an au pair for 30-plus weeks.

Cultural Care Au Pair Discounts

Looking for child care? Don’t forget to check our Child Care Center Partners, who are local to our Central Baltimore campuses and offer preferential admission and wait list priority to Johns Hopkins families. Read about our partners and preferred wait list centers.