Family Programs

Whether you’re having a baby, raising a child, caring for an aging relative or in need of an extra pair of hands, we have resources for you.

Be sure to check out the LifeMart employee discount program, which offers discounts on select child care and eldercare services, as well as on other family-friendly services such as meal delivery. Register with LifeMart using your Hopkins-issued email to create your free account.

If you have questions about any of the programs on this page, please contact Benefits and WorkLife at 410-516-2000 or email [email protected].

Finding Child Care

Licensed Child Care in Maryland: LOCATE by the MD Family Network
LOCATE provides enhanced child care resources and referral services to Maryland-registered family child care providers and licensed group programs, such as full-day centers, preschool and Head Start programs, public pre-K programs, private kindergartens, school-age programs, summer programs and camps. Read more on the LOCATE website. To register, complete and submit the LOCATE: Child Care Registration Form. LOCATE Corporate Enhanced Referral Service will contact you as soon as possible. You may also contact LOCATE at 1-800-999-0120 or [email protected].

Hopkins Partner Child Care Centers
These Baltimore-area centers offer wait list priority to Hopkins families:

Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center (Bright Horizons) at 98 N. Broadway

The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Early Childhood Center at 901 N. Chester St

Homewood Early Learning Center at 200 Wyman Park Dr

Y Preschool Center at the Weinberg Y at 900 E 33rd St

Licensed Child Care Outside of Maryland: mySupport
Johns Hopkins Employee Assistance Program (JHEAP) can help with a variety of issues, including finding child care or eldercare. Contact JHEAP to receive resources for help finding a licensed caregiver in states outside of Maryland. You can reach JHEAP 24/7, 365 days a year, by phone at 888-978-1262.

Cooperative Child Care: Komae
Komae is a cooperative childcare app that provides a flexible child care management option. Komae enables parents to identify and vet families with similar parenting styles and COVID-19 protocol practice to build their pod for shared childcare and education. Additional information can be found in this User Guide. To get started, download the Komae app to your phone, create your account, and join the Hopkins group, or create your own.

Finding Individual Caregivers for Children or Aging Adults Premium Membership and Expert Assistance*
Full-time, benefits-eligible Hopkins employees, postdocs, and residents receive free access to the world’s largest online community for finding care, ($130 value) Post a job, search and filter the network of providers, or work with a Care Specialist to find the right care for your family. Register now at, using your JHED ID.  Once you’re enrolled, you can quickly and easily access Care@Work’s offerings by calling 855-781-1303 to speak with a care specialist, on the website, or using the Care@Work app.

Overview of Free Membership

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How to search for a caregiver on

Overview of Expert Assistance, your care concierge.

Backup Care for Children and Adults

Backup Care by Care@Work*
Full-time, benefits-eligible Hopkins employees, postdocs, and residents receive vetted and subsidized adult or child care when your regular care is unavailable, so you don’t have to take time off of work. Each year, you receive:

  • Ten (10) days of subsidized in-home or in-center backup care for children, or in-home backup care for adults/seniors
  • backup care specialists to assist in locating pre-screened and qualified caregivers
  • Backup child care, 24/7, for children 17 years old or younger, when school is closed, your child is sick, or you need to work late or on weekends
  • Adult backup care for yourself and adult relatives for companion and personal care services, such as transportation to medical appointments and other hands-on care
  • Pay for caregivers with a flat hourly co-pay based on your salary, according to the tiers below ( will bill your credit card after service delivery)

Your Annual Salary

You Pay

$39,999 and below

$6 per hour

$40,000 to $74,999

$8 per hour

Over $75,000

$10 per hour

In-Center (for children only)

$15 per day

Care@Work Backup Care Flyer

Lactation Support

Pregnancy, childbirth, adoption, surrogacy, and loss are all major life transitions. Continuing to chest/breastfeed, or exclusively pump, requires extra planning and support. Johns Hopkins’ Lactation Support Program helps make the transition back to work or study easier.

Lactation Rooms
Currently, we have 42 registered lactation rooms scattered across our Maryland campuses. Additional rooms and locations are also available upon request, or for departmental use only. When you register for the program, you can select the rooms you plan to use and will automatically receive a confirmation email with room access and amenity information. Additionally, our Lactation Room page includes information on how to obtain a personal pump through insurance, the hospital-grade pumps available in our registered rooms, which accessory kits are compatible with them, as well as where you can buy those kits and other necessary lactation supplies from vending machines

Employee Resources
Information and resources for how to successfully transition from work to leave, tips for success during leave, as well as returning to work or study after leave. You will also find a comprehensive list of internal Hopkins resources as well as relevant external resources. A list of COVID-19 resources is also available.

Supervisor Resources
As a supervisor, you play an important role in an employee’s successful transition from leave to work. We have compiled a list of resources to help you and your employee reach a mutually beneficial lactation plan upon return to work or study.

Lactation Policy
Johns Hopkins University and Health System have policies in place to provide reasonable break times for employees needing to express milk throughout their work day. State and federal laws are also listed on this page as a resource.

School Age and Educational Resources

Varsity Tutors
Conquer the school year with free live online classes, personalized 1-on-1 tutoring, and complete learning-at-home solutions with Varsity Tutors. Johns Hopkins employees receive a 20% discount on expert live instruction for students of all ages. Learn more about the tools and resources available to you here.

Streamline Tutors
Streamline Tutors is a 1-on-1 mentorship group that supports elementary, middle, and high school students. Each student receives a 1-hour cognitive assessment that gives the tutors a deep understanding of your child’s learning strengths, weaknesses, and style, even before their first session. Johns Hopkins employees can take advantage of a $199 discount. Free diagnostics and consultations ($99 value) are always available to the Hopkins community. The additional $100 credit is applied at the start of your child’s curriculum. Upon inquiring, use your Hopkins email address and select Hopkins as your referral source at the bottom of the form. To learn more and enroll, click here.

School@Home by the Nanny Network

eLearning Aides
Connecting online using a Zoom format, eLearning Aides know how to make learning fun through a computer screen. They can help keep your children organized with their school work and on task with their daily assignments, all while building smiles and giggles into the process. This service is best for kids ages 5 and up; recommended session times of 1-2 hours (maximum of 4 hours).

Private Educators
In-home care providers who possess a strong teaching background and can provide an advanced level of academic support, structure, and consistency to your child’s school year. Many are current or past teachers, tutors, and/or professional nannies, all with a college degree. They can be hired on a temporary or permanent basis. Temporary Private Educators are available for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Families who are interested, can share a Private Educator or create a learning pod (two family maximum).

Daily Life Assistance by JHEAP

Reach JHEAP 24/7, 365 days a year, by phone at 888-978-1262.

Elder Care for Aging Adults
JHEAP can help with many of the challenges surrounding caring for an aging adult—whether it’s finding housing, accessing resources for caregivers, or getting answers to legal and other questions. JHEAP can also help with the psychological stressors associated with caregiving by offering free, in-person counseling sessions.

Area agency on aging
(AAA) lists local services for seniors such as housing, transportation, nutrition assistance, benefits eligibility, and more. For Maryland residents, Maryland Access Point will direct you to your local AAA office. Although information is available on-line, this service may be best utilized with a phone call -1-844-627-5465.

The Eldercare Locator is a national information and referral service that provides support to individuals across the extent of issues affecting older Americans. Language interpretation services are available to callers.


* Johns Hopkins Tax Disclaimer: If you use greater than $5,000 in combination of Dependent Care Flexible Spending and dependent Backup Care benefits for any 12-month period, it will be applied to your wages, as required by the IRS. Adult Backup Care and Expert Assistance provided by Care@Work is taxable.