Family & Child Care Resources
Carnegie Mellon University supports faculty, staff, and students and their families. We've compiled a list of relevant university-offered benefits, information about child care, and resources helpful to parents and families.
Please note that Carnegie Mellon University does not endorse any programs or organizations whose links are provided on this site.
Child Care Center Directories
- Cyert Center for Early Education (CMU)
A renowned childcare facility providing quality early care and education programs for young children from infancy through kindergarten. Full-time benefits-eligible employees may be eligible for a benefit of up to $5,000 per family. Space is limited, so inquire early.
- Children's School (CMU)
Offers developmentally appropriate preschool and kindergarten classes, as well as a laboratory for research in child development. Space is limited, so inquire early.
- Au Pair in America
Provides intercultural child care for your family. They offer child care that is flexible and dependable, full-service, and an enriching experience for the entire family. Au Pair in America offers a 5% program discount plus no application fee for all CMU faculty and staff. Use discount code 402.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accredited Programs (within 5 miles of CMU Pittsburgh Campus)
A directory of NAEYC accredited child care programs within 5 miles of CMU's Pittsburgh Campus. NAEYC uses 10 Program Standards to rate and accredit child care programs.
- PA Keys - Keystone STARS Child Care Programs (within 5 miles of CMU Pittsburgh Campus)
Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. The Keystone STARS Performance Standards provide the foundation for the program and the quality rating system has four STAR levels. Each STAR designation has its own research-based performance standards. Learn more about the PA Keys Keystone STARS Quality Rating System.
- Pittsburgh Parent Child Care and Preschool Directory
PittsburghParent.com provides a robust directory of area child care and preschool programs.
- Early Care and Education Profiles for Oakland, Squirrel Hill, and Shadyside [pdf]
The Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) has compiled a list of early child care and education programs in the Oakland, Squirrel Hill, and Shadyside neighborhoods. The document includes the PA Key Keystone STARS Quality Ratings for the programs listed.
- The Get Well Room (GWR) - UPMC Magee Hospital, The Children's Center
327 Craft Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
412-641-1990 or 412-641-1267
The Get Well Room (GWR) provides child care to children (6 months to 12 years old) who are mildly ill. Children can be pre-registered. The service is available 7am - 5pm daily. Families requiring the service can call the day before or morning of service and inquire about space availability.
- Rent-A-Mom: Pittsburgh
Rent-A-Mom provides professional nannies (or "Moms") for in-home or hotel child care on a short- or long-term basis in the Pittsburgh region. Moms are available 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.
Tips for Choosing Child Care
- Start Early.
Regardless what type of child care you're seeking, start looking at options and contacting providers as soon as possible - even before you are pregnant. Most child care centers in the Pittsburgh area have wait lists, especially for infants and toddlers, so inquire about wait lists and place your name on one as soon as possible.
- Consider Cost.
Child care varies in cost based on a number of factors, including type, location, child experience, and education of staff. In Pennsylvania, the average annual cost of full-time infant child care in a child care center is more than $10,000*.
- Determine Child Experience.
Different child care types result in different experiences for children. At-home child care may provide loving support for a child but may not provide the educational benefits of a larger child care center. However, larger child care centers may feel too standardized and not provide a home-like environment. Consider the type of experience you'd prefer your child to have when weighing options.
- Trust Your Gut.
There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to child care for your children. Whatever works for your family is best. You need to feel comfortable with your child care choice. We encourage you to inform yourself about the options available.
*According to Child Care Aware in a 2013 Pittsburgh Business Times article.
Review the following resources for additional guidelines on choosing child care centers:
- Preventive Health Care for University-Offered Benefit Plan Enrollees
Faculty and Staff who have university-offered health plans qualify for certain preventive care benefits, which may include vaccines, exams, and diagnostic tests. Review the preventive care guidelines for your specific health plan for more information.
- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care.
- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh: Children's Express Care
After-hours children's urgent care facilities throughout the Pittsburgh area.
- Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC
One of the nation’s top hospitals specializing in women, Magee combines a wealth of specialty services with a traditional focus on gynecologic and obstetric services.
- The Children's Institute
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh is the leader in innovative and integrated health care, education, and social services for children and youth with special health care needs.
- Allegheny County Parks
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
- Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (Art, Natural History, Science Center, Andy Warhol Museum)
- The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
- The Gemini Theatre
- Heinz History Center
- Idlewild & Soak Zone Amusement Park
- Kennywood Amusement Park
- National Aviary
- Pittsburgh Citiparks
- Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
- Visit Pittsburgh: Family Things to Do
Educational and Athletic Programs and Camps
CMU-Affiliated Programs and Camps
- Athletics Camps and Clinics (All Ages)
- Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making: Succeed
- CMU Robotics Academy Educational Programs
- CMU Robotics Academy: GreenE Academy (Camps for Grades 2-7)
- Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Outreach (Middle/High School)
- Girls of Steel Robotics (K-12)
- Pre-College Programs at CMU
- School of Architecture: Pre-College Architecture Program (High School)
- School of Architecture: Architecture Explorations (K-12)
- School of Art: Saturday Pre-College Art Classes (High School)
- School of Computer Science: Leap@CMU (Middle/High School)
- School of Computer Science: TechNights (Creative Technology Nights for Girls) (Middle School)
- Summer Engineering Experience for Girls (SEE)
- Summer Programs for Diversity (High School)