Child Care

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Balancing work and/or school and your family can be challenging and expensive. You should realize that at OHSU you can take advantage of OHSU discounts for child care, student financial aid for child care, and priority waitlist, enrollment and discounted tuition rates at Healthy Starts Children's Center, located at the South Waterfront. And don't forget to check our resources page, where some resources mentioned are also useful for child care needs.

OHSU discounts

Many companies and organizations offer discounted services and products to OHSU. Although traditionally they've been called "OHSU Employee Discounts," generally these discount offers are for anyone with a valid OHSU ID badge, including employees, students, and volunteers.

The vast array of offers has included daycare, au pair services, and child education (three months and up). These discounts change over time, so check this page often for updates, and please review each offer carefully for details. 

Visit the Employee Discounts page on O2. Look for the Child Education/Care tab.

Childcare costs and students receiving financial aid

The OHSU Registrar and Financial Aid Office may be able to increase a student’s standard budget by the amount of their child day care expenses. If the budget is increased, in the vast majority of cases, it would result in increased potential loan eligibility. Please be aware there are maximums allowed to be included in the financial aid budget. Visit the Registar and Financial Aid website or contact the Financial Aid at for more information. 

KinderCare centers

Employees (including postdocs) and students get a 10 percent discount on full-time, part-time and drop-in tuition at KinderCare centers and before- and after-school programs, including the Healthy Starts program at OHSU, across the street from the Center for Health & Healing Building 1. In addition to the daycare discount, Healthy Starts offers priority enrollment to OHSU employees and students; however, there is typically a waitlist — so you should contact them as soon as you are considering this option.

KinderCare’s Champions before- and after-school programs

Your OHSU 10 percent discount applies both to KinderCare daycare centers and KinderCare’s Champions before- and after-school program. Champions provides before- and after-school learning to children K-6, break-time programs to children five to 12 years old, and early learning programs to preschool and pre-K children.

KinderCare locations around Portland

Participating nearby KinderCare Learning Centers accepting the OHSU discount include:

Healthy Starts Children's Center at OHSU
South Waterfront, next to the Center for Health & Healing
3325 S.W. Moody Avenue
Portland, OR 97239

Lake Grove KinderCare
3700 Red Cedar Way
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

West Linn KinderCare
3020 Lazy River Drive
West Linn, OR 97068

Downtown KinderCare
1400 S.W. 5th Avenue Suite #100
Portland, OR 97201

Please note that the OHSU priority enrollment is only for the South Waterfront location.

Get more details, including tuition rates and enrollment forms at the Child Care web page from the Human Resources intranet page. 

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