Child Care Resources for Health Care and Essential Workers during COVID-19

UCLA is committed to supporting our health care and essential workers and their families. The information provided on this page is believed to be accurate; however, UCLA makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information. Links from this site are not under the control of UCLA and UCLA is not responsible for their content.

The programs and providers listed on this page have not been vetted by UCLA.They are provided only as a potential starting point for consideration; they are not recommendations and UCLA makes no representations about their fitness. Parents/guardians should carefully review and vet them before deciding on an appropriate option for their child and family.

For additional COVID-19 information and resources, please go to the UCLA Health Human Resources webpage.

Support Programs For UCLA Health

We understand how COVID-19 has potentially impacted your childcare. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, likewise, understands there are many stresses and domands on our healthcare workers during this time and he wants to ensure that childcare isn't one of them.

UCLA Health is pleased to share that they have partnered with the Mayor’s Office to implement several programs to address childcare issues including a Childcare Stipend, an Emergency Childcare Program and three Referral Services. These programs are available to all medical center, ambulatory, Faculty Practice Group and David Geffen School of Medicine employees. 

Childcare Stipend Program

The Childcare Stipend Program provides financial assistance to healthcare organizations to help meet the childcare needs of their workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. The goal of the program is to ensure that few, if any, work shifts are missed due to childcare, particularly taking into account the closure of all public and private schools in Los Angeles County.

Employees will receive 100% of the stipend without deductions or taxes. Below, please see the terms and conditions of this program:

If you need financial assistance for a childcare provider, please fill out one of the attached applications (English and Spanish) and email it to [email protected] along with your proof of payment. Proof of payment can be in the form of receipts from the facility/provider, a copy of the canceled check or a redacted copy of your bank statement that shows your check has been cashed.

Additionally, a new application is due the following Thursday of each week by 5 p.m. to continue participation in the Mayor’s Childcare Stipend Program for as long as it is offered. Please note that funds are limited.

Emergency Childcare Program

This program is designed to support healthcare workers who may need care for their children ages 6-14 and who have no other options. Following guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will be providing a free childcare program.

Select recreation centers will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and will serve pre-registered cohorts of up to 10 children per room. For more information, please see Emergency Childcare Program. If you are interested in having your child participate in this program, please see the Emergency Child Care Program Interest Form.

The City of Los Angeles Emergency Child Care Program - Overview

Referral Services

Below are the three referral services that are part of the Mayor’s program. All three services cover all of Los Angeles County and are free to our employees.

  • Carina Care: A referral registry that partners with working families to provide quality, licensed child care during and after the Covid-19 crisis. Local space availability is updated regularly to quickly assist families seeking providers.
  • Child Care Alliance Los Angeles (CCLA): CCALA is a partnership of ten Resource and Referral and Alternative Payment agencies in Los Angeles County that deliver services to thousands of families and child care providers.
  • WeeCare: WeeCare is a network of daycare and child care programs in Los Angeles, CA and across the United States.

Child Care in Your Home

Started by UCLA medical students, LA COVID-19 Volunteers are a dedicated group of college/graduate-student volunteers inspired by the strength and selflessness of those on the front lines of patient care during the COVID pandemic.

They are eager to support any healthcare workers and hospital employees in the LA area. Currently, they provide in-person childcare/babysitting, online tutoring, pet-sitting/dog walking, and errands services such as grocery shopping. For childcare services - please note that they are NOT certified childcare professionals, but all volunteers are fully vaccinated (including annual flu vaccine). Most of the volunteers are CPR/BLS certified, and we only place non-certified volunteers in the homes of individuals who expressly indicate they are okay with having these volunteers

Visit the LA COVID-19 Volunteers website, email them at [email protected] or see their LA COVID-19 Volunteers flyer for more information.

Child Care and Resources in the Community

Please see the below resources for more information about how to find child care and resources in your area:

Student Support for Essential Workers

UCLA Health has partnered with the UCLA Career Center connecting current students with opportunities to support our essential health care workers during these extraordinary times. Postings through Handshake will direct students to the third party sites: Sittercity for babysitting opportunities and Varsity Tutors for tutorial needs. Below is information regarding these vendors.

Sittercity: An online meeting venue for families to connect with sitters in their areas. They enable families to easily identify a match by using their tools to request a babysitter, field applicants, and move forward with their interview process.

Varsity Tutors: Offers expert live instructions for students of all ages, both online or in-person. They combine highly-credentialed experts with an advanced technology platform dedicated to live personalized instruction.


We are currently considering other options to provide child care for our community. Take our survey below to let us know your needs and someone will be in touch.