Dependent Care Support for Faculty & Staff during COVID-19

Georgetown University realizes that balancing the needs of family and work during the pandemic is challenging and stressful. The following resources are available to help support you in managing your dependent care needs.

Bright Horizons Back-Up Child, Adult and Elder Care

Don’t stress about school breaks, bad weather, or when your elder loved one is recovering from surgery. Each year you can reserve up to seven days of high-quality center, or in-home care for your child, adult, or elder relatives at no cost to you.

Bright Horizons Care Advantage Parent Supports

Working parents need support to balance the many responsibilities that you face each day. Your Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports™ benefit can help, every step of the way.

COVID-19 Dependent Care Assistance

This program ends June 30, 2022. Applications will be accepted through July 29, 2022 for expenses incurred through June 30. In recognition of the dependent care challenges that many members of our faculty and staff community continue to face due to COVID-19-related considerations, the University will offer COVID-19 Dependent Care Assistance grants for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters to defray dependent care costs, up to a maximum of $3,000 per semester.

In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must be full-time faculty, staff or AAP who have incurred additional dependent care expenses as a direct result of the pandemic. You may apply for a grant even if you previously received a GUCares COVID-19 Relief grant or another GUCares grant prior to June 30, 2021. As with the COVID-19 Relief grant that was previously available, only one Fall 2021 COVID-19 Dependent Care Assistance grant will be provided to each eligible employee.

Expenses eligible for reimbursement must be incurred between August 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 (or the end of the national public health emergency, whichever is sooner). You can learn more about this and other GUCares grants at

Need child care? Post your job with HoyaWorks

If you would like to hire a Georgetown University student to provide child care or tutoring support, you can post the position through the Student Employment Office’s HoyaWorks program.

Monthly Parenting Discussion Group

All GU parents are invited to this virtual monthly discussion group, facilitated by speaker and parent educator, Paige Trevor. Each month a new topic is explored, but there’s always room for your questions. You will leave with new tools and ideas to solve your daily family problems.

Dependent Care Resource Coordinator

Finding the right support can be challenging and the dependent care resource coordinator is here to help.

Discounts from GUAdvantage

From child care centers, tutoring, laptops to Au Pair placement services, explore the employee discounts available at (new window). Enter password “GUSAVES” when registering.

Meet Liz Andrew

Liz Andrew, new Dependent Care Coordinator for faculty and staff.
I have a background in Early Childhood Education and have been working in the field for over 8 years. Working with young children and their families has always been my passion. Originally from New Jersey, I’ve been living in DC for over 5 years and will soon make a move to San Francisco with my husband and two dogs. We’ve survived our first year of marriage through the pandemic and will celebrate our one-year anniversary in December. I love to cook, read, travel and spend time with my family. 

Reach out to Liz at (new window).

Are you eligible for DC Paid Family Leave?

The District of Columbia’s Paid Family Leave program provides employees with benefits when they are out on leave from work to bond with a new child, take care of a family member, or take care of their own serious health condition. Paid Family Leave is an
insurance program, which means that only employees who have worked in a covered job can receive benefits and only when they experience a covered event. You can visit the How to Apply (new window) section of the DC PFL website and view the Employee Handbook (new window) to learn more.