Back Up Care Advantage Program


Program Description

UC Berkeley has partnered with Bright Horizons to offer all ladder rank faculty members and lecturers SOE back-up care when they need to be at work and their regular child or adult/elder care is unavailable. For example:

  • When your regular caregiver/stay-at-home spouse is unavailable.
  • When you are between child or adult/elder care arrangements.
  • When your child's regular child care center/school is closed.
  • When your child or adult relative is ill or needs assistance.
  • When you need temporary care for your loved ones so that you can do your work

Programs Available

Ladder rank faculty members and lecturers SOE have access to the following back-up care programs:

  • In-home well and mildly ill child care
  • In-home adult/elder care
  • Center-based child care including Bright Horizons Child Care Center at Bayer in Berkeley, on a space available basis (for additional information refer to Bayer Fact Sheet below)


All ladder rank faculty members and lecturers SOE are eligible to use this benefit for a family member such as a child, step-child, spouse/partner, parent or in-law. Children through 17 years of age are eligible as are adults over 18 years.

Quality of Care

Child care centers in the network must be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or meet or exceed state child care licensing requirements. All in-home care agencies in the network are credentialed and employ trained caregivers. All center and in-home care providers participate in an extensive screening + training process.

Days/Hours Available

Hours vary depending on the type of care needed, and the service is designed to provide care when employees need to be at work. In-home care is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during your work hours. Center based care hours vary based on the center's operating hours.

Program Parameters

UCB ladder rank faculty and lecturers SOE are eligible to use up to 40 hours of back up care per fiscal year (July 1-June 30th). There is a 4 hour minimum for all care requests. For more program details, please see the links below or go to, register and view the specifics of the UCB program.


In-home care for children and adults: $4/hr (Covers up to 3 dependents) 
Center based child care: $2/hr per child 
Co-payments are collected via credit card or EFT when a reservation is confirmed.

Because of the subsidy provided by UC Berkeley, the Back- Up Care program provides eligible employees with care at a cost that is less than the market rate for these services. The difference between the market rate and the employee cost is treated by the IRS as additional income to the employee (see PDF Tax Implications).

Free Registration & Reservations Required to Schedule Care

Registration, via phone or online, is free and is required prior to scheduling care. Eligible faculty can register and reserve care either online through a password protected website:; User Name: UCB Password: backupcare6 or by phone: 877-BH-Cares ( 877-242-2737). Care Consultants are available to assist you 24/7.

Your employee ID number will be required. Registration in advance of needing care will ensure that you have access to the program when needed and will prevent delays in the scheduling process. You may schedule care 30 days in advance up to the day care is needed, however it is recommended that you allow at least 3-4 hours notice for same day care requests when possible.

For questions please contact the Office for Faculty Equity & Welfare at 510-642-1935 or

Benjamin Hermalin
Vice Provost for the Faculty