Paying for Child Care

JHU offers two primary ways to help employees cut the cost of child care: dependent care vouchers that offer money from the university and dependent care flexible spending accounts, which allow parents to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for care.

Remember, you also can find savings on family-focused products and services, including 10% savings at KinderCare Learning Centers, through the LifeMart employee discount program.

Dependent Care Vouchers - through December 2019

Our dependent care voucher program offers up to $5,000 per year to help cover the cost of dependent care for a child under the age of 6 enrolled in a licensed day care program (or adult dependent in need of licensed care). The program is open to eligible full-time JHU faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, residents, doctoral students, and interns, and bargaining unit members with a net family taxable income of less than $50,000 as reported on the federal 1040 tax form.

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Updated for 2020: Child Care Vouchers

The updated child care voucher program has expanded qualifying income levels so many more JHU families will be able to receive vouchers. And families are no longer restricted to using only licensed care, but can use a voucher for in-home child care as well.

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New for 2020: Child Care Scholarships

New in 2020, Johns Hopkins will offer child care scholarships to help JHU full-time faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, residents, doctoral students, interns, and bargaining unit members offset the cost of child care at our partner centers – the Homewood Early Learning Center, Bright Horizons at the School of Medicine, and the Weinberg Early Childhood Center.

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Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

One way to save money on child care is to set up a dependent care flexible savings account, which allows you to set aside up to $5,000 in pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified dependent care expenses that allow you—and your spouse, if you’re married—to attend school or work full time.

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