Office of Research Services - Serving the NIH Community
Division of Amenities and Transportation Services  
Child Care Resources
  NIH Child Care Subsidy Program
Federal Employees of the NIH may be eligible to receive a child care tuition subsidy if their children are enrolled in licensed child care programs and their total household income is $60,000 or less per year.
  Child Care Resource and Referral Services
The NIH Work/Life Center can provide referrals to many types of alternate child care services. This telephone service is available at no cost to NIH employees.
  Other Federal Child Care Centers
Many other Federal Agencies in the Washington Metropolitan area sponsor on-site child care centers. These centers give priority to all Federal employees
 Child Care Services
  NIH Centers
    Infant & Toddler Child Care Center
  East Child Care Center
  Executive Child Development Center
  NIEHS Child Care Center (North Carolina)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frequently asked questions about the NIH-sponsored Child Care Centers and the Wait List Registration.

  Wait List Registration
The NIH has contracted with LifeWork Strategies, Inc. to oversee and administer a consolidated Waiting List for the three NIH-sponsored child care centers located in Montgomery County, Maryland.
  Inclement Weather - Opening and
Closure Procedures for NIH Child Care Centers
NIH Child Care Centers' hours of operation will be modified to ensure that the centers are operating as normally as possible during disruptions of the Federal Government's operations.
  Emergency Guide For Parents: NIH Child Care Centers Operation (PDF)
In an Emergency situation at the NIH, emergency response personnel will make the determination to relocate, evacuate or "shelter in place" the children and staff of the three NIH Child Care Centers.


 NIH Child Care Board
  The NIH Child Care Board advises the NIH Director with regard to child care issues and policies, advocates for high quality, affordable, and accessible child care services for NIH employees.
 Parenting Resources
  NIH Parenting LISTSERV
An interactive e-mail list for parents to discuss child care and parenting issues.
International Women's Group
IWG welcomes women (and their family) who come from abroad or from other parts of the US as they settle in their new home (the Washington, DC Metropolitan area).
  Links for Parents
Some helpful links about safety, health, learning and fun for families with all age children.
 NIH Child Care Surveys and Studies
  2008 NIH Child Care Needs Assessment & Benchmark Study
2005 NIH Child Care Survey
2001 NIH Child Care Survey
NICHD National Study
 Contact Information

Mary Ellen Savarese
Child Care Programs Manager
(301) 402-8180

Tonya Lee
Quality Assurance Specialist
(301) 402-8180

 DATS Responsibilities

As part of an ongoing commitment to providing a quality work environment and tools for recruiting and retaining the best and brightest employees to the NIH, the NIH Child Care Coordination Team serves as the focal point on all child care services and programs. The Team provides general and technical advice, along with administration, policy-making and management of the NIH Child Care Programs.

In addition, the Coordination Team functions as the liaison between the NIH child care service providers and users, and serves as a resource for parents, other NIH employees and the provider's staff on general child care issues and community resources. The Coordination Team monitors and ensures compliance of Use Agreements and commits to quality assurance within each NIH Child Care Program and facility.

The NIH Child Care Coordination Team is located in the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (DATS). If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Child Care Programs serving NIH employees, issues related to the NIH child care facilities, contractual responsibilities, general child care issues, or assistance in what to do about your own child care needs, feel free to contact Mary Ellen Savarese, Child Care Programs Manager, or Tonya Lee, Quality Assurance Specialist, at (301) 402-8180.


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