Family and Child Care Resources
Carnegie Mellon University supports faculty, staff and students and their families. The Office of Human Resources has 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 listed on this page.
Child Care Centers and 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 Sliding Scale benefit that provides a reduction in the tuition rate. 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. Au pairs 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.
- Pennsylvania COMPASS Child Care and Other Early Learning Program Search
Searchable directory that includes the Keystone STARS Quality Rating for the programs listed. Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. The Keystone STARS quality rating system has four STAR levels, and each STAR designation has its own research-based performance standards.
- Pittsburgh Child Care and Preschool Directory
Provides a robust directory of area child care and preschool programs.
- The Get Well Room at The Children's Center of Pittsburgh
327 Craft Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
412-641-1990 or 412-641-1267
The Get Well Room provides child care to children (6 months to 12 years old) who are mildly ill. Children can be pre-registered. The service is available 7 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. Families requiring the service can call the day before or morning of service and inquire about space availability.
Choosing Child Care
Consider the following five steps to choosing quality care:*
- Start early — The earlier you begin, the better off you will be.
- Reach out for help. Use your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. They are experts at helping families find quality care that meets their needs.
- Visit and ask questions about quality. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, don’t be afraid to ask about adult-child ratio, group size, caregiver qualifications and accreditation.
- Make a choice based on your assessment.
- Stay involved. Ask questions, communicate with the program, volunteer, and visit regularly and unannounced.
* From Child Care Aware® of America
Review the following resources for additional guidelines on choosing child care centers:
- Preventive Health Care for CMU Benefit Plan Participants
Faculty and staff members 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.
- UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care.
- UPMC Children's Express Care
After-hours children's urgent care facilities throughout the Pittsburgh area.
- 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.
- UPMC Magee-Women's Hospital
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 Midwife Center for Birth & Women's Health
The Midwife Center is a licensed and accredited freestanding birth center. The Center's Midwives and Nurse Practitioner take care of the reproductive health needs of individuals of all ages.
- Allegheny County Parks
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
- Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
- The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
- The Gemini Theatre
- Heinz History Center
- Idlewild & SoakZone Amusement Park
- Kennywood Amusement Park
- National Aviary
- Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
- Pittsburgh Citiparks
- Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
- Visit Pittsburgh: Family Things to Do
- The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers
Early intervention service coordination agency for children with developmental concerns
Members of the Carnegie Mellon community can access CMU's Carelink to find caregivers or other service providers
- Fred Rogers Productions: Parent Resources
Topics and advice from The Mister Rogers Parenting Book
Online resource focused on the people and ideas making Pittsburgh a better place to raise kids
Carnegie Mellon provides several lactation rooms for the purpose of expressing milk while on campus; these spaces are open to faculty, staff, students and visitors
- The PEAL Center
Resources for families of children with disabilities and special healthcare needs
- Pennsylvania's Promise for Children
Tools to help your child learn and grow
- Trying Together
Nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, community resources and professional growth opportunities for the needs and rights of children, their families and the individuals who interact with them
Educational and Athletic Programs and Summer Camps
- Athletics Camps and Clinics (All Ages)
- Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making: SUCCEED Program (High School)
- Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Educational Programs (Middle/High School)
- Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Outreach (Middle/High School)
- Girls of Steel Robotics (K–12)
- Leonard Gelfand Center List of STEM Education Programs (K–12)
- MySTEM Academy (Grades 2–8)
- Summer Pre-College at CMU (High School)
- School of Architecture: Pre-College Architecture Program (High School)
- School of Architecture: Architecture Explorations (K–12)
- Summer Engineering Experience for Girls (SEE) (Entering 8th/9th Grade)
- Summer Programs for Access & Inclusion (High School)
Faculty/Staff Benefits and Resources
Carnegie Mellon's EAP can assist you in locating child care, summer camps, and elder care. The EAP also has many helpful resources for parents, from informational articles to interactive tools.
The DCRA allows eligible employees to use pre-tax money to pay for qualifying dependent care expenses. The DCRA can save faculty/staff up to 25% on eligible child care expenses.