Childcare Options/Financial Aid Coverage for Childcare Expenses

Dear Students,

If you have concerns regarding the cost of childcare, this is a qualified expense we can potentially add to your budget and increase loans to cover. For access to the necessary financial aid form, please go to the link below, scroll down to “Revisions” section, and select “Childcare Expenses”.

The standard average rates are as follows. See the form itself for instructions if your costs exceed the average.

Age of Child
Average Monthly Costs
Infants 1-12 months
Toddlers 13 months – 36 month
Preschoolers 3-6 years
Before/After School Care for older children

You will need to sign in with your UWNetID, but can then submit the form online. Please contact us with any questions.

SOM Financial Aid Counselor
UW School of Medicine, Student Affairs
Health Sciences Building Box 357430
1959 NE Pacific St, HSB T-557 Seattle, WA 98195-7430
206.685.2520 / fax 206.221.3003
tabitha2 at /

Good morning –

Given yesterday’s announcement that the Seattle Public Schools will be closing for two weeks, and knowing that many of you have children for whom childcare may be an issue, I wanted to share some community resources that are available to help. As with any childcare arrangements, I encourage you to use due diligence to ensure that a childcare provider is trustworthy and will offer a safe place for your precious children.

1. Boys & Girls Club of King County – Due to the Seattle Public School closure, the Boys & Girls Club has announced they are offering a low $50 membership fee and will charge $25/day for childcare services.

1. Nanny Parent Connection – This group connects families seeking childcare with nannies who are available, some of whom can provide last minut care for a slightly higher rate. Sign-up services are $24.99 for one month, $14.99 for monthly services or an annual fee of $8.99/month. Please visit the site to evaluate the different programs offered.

1. – This resource will connect you to individuals offering childcare services.

1. Annie’s Nannies – This resource is for students with more resources and can be a bit pricey, but I wanted to list it for your perusal as well.
For those of you who have very limited financial resources, know that the medical student parent association is working on putting together a childcare option involving medical student parents sharing childcare. I expect you will hear further from this group in the next day or so.

If I can offer you any other assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. The counselors remain available and ready to support you in whatever way we can. Take care.

Warm regards,


Joanne Estacio-Deckard, LICSW
Director, Medical Student Counseling & Wellness Services
University of Washington School of Medicine
1959 N.E. Pacific Street, Box 356340
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206) 616-3024 (206) 616-3024
Email: joanneed at<mailto:joanneed at>