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Information and Referral

WorkLife Programs provides child care information and referral services to all faculty and staff.

  • Direct access to information on all registered, licensed, or accredited child care programs throughout Maryland. Click here for information regarding regulated child care in Maryland.

  • Confidential, individual counseling and assessment of child care needs and matching of those needs with available services. Click here to view your rights and responsibilities as a child care consumer.

  • Referrals to only those child care programs that have actual vacancies available as of the day of the referral.

  • Information on choosing the best child care for your situation. Click here for information on how to find the right care for your child.

  • Materials on specialized child care options and services (nanny and au pair agencies, sick or emergency care, transportation services, etc.), Federal income tax credits for families, and on other financial assistance programs.

  • Follow-up assistance until placement is found or all resources are exhausted.

Please contact 443-997-7000 or for more information about the child care referral process.


Children of the World Co-Op, Inc.

The Children of the World Co-op, Inc., is an international playgroup for children ages one to four with their parents or caregivers. Operating since 1989, the Co-op serves the Johns Hopkins community and surrounding neighborhoods.

The mission of the Children of the World Co-op is to provide a nurturing, safe and fun environment where international and American families come together in Baltimore to join in friendship, cooperation and mutual support while building a sense of community. We offer a high-quality early-education playgroup program that is affordable, promotes tolerance and celebrates cultural diversity.

The playgroup meets in the Undercroft of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 East University Pkwy, across from the JHU Homewood Campus.

The year round program operates Monday through Friday, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The "gently structured" playtime offers a variety of toys and activities, simple crafts, circle time singing, snack time and outdoor play. ESOL classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at no extra charge for interested adult members.

For more information, call 410-377-5900 or email


Tuition Discount Programs

The Tuition Discount Programs offer a discount for Johns Hopkins faculty and staff when enrolling a child in Celebree Learning Centers, The Goddard School or KinderCare Learning Centers.

Celebree Learning Center

Celebree Learning Centers offer a 10% discount for children over the age of two years. There are 18 Celebree Learning Centers in Maryland and one in Delaware. For a complete listing of the centers please go to

The Goddard School

The Goddard School, Inc offers a 10% discount at participating centers. There are 14 centers throughout the Maryland alone. The Goddard Schools are independently owned and operated so please ask the center you are interested in if they participate in the discount program. For a listing of Goddard School centers please go to


KinderCare Learning Centers offers a 10% discount for faculty and staff at many of its Maryland locations. Visit to learn more about KinderCare's programs. Contact your desired KinderCare location to determine if they offer the 10% discount..


Weinberg Y Preschool Center

Childcare at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Y Preschool Center reserves up to 50 slots for the children of full-time, benefitted Johns Hopkins faculty and staff. In order to reserve a spot for your child you must contact WorkLife Programs directly at 443-997-7000 or email. Stadium Place is conveniently located near both the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses on E. 33rd Street in Waverly.


Walter F. Perkins Day Care Center

The Walter F. Perkins Day Care Center is licensed by The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Located at 1600 North Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21213-2415, the center has a capacity of 45 children age 2 through 5 years. The center is not licensed for infant care. Days and hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Please call 410-955-5356 for vacancy information.


Downtown Baltimore Childcare Center (DBCC)

As a member of the DBCC consortium, children of employees of the Johns Hopkins University receive preferential admission.


Maryland Prepaid College Trust

The College Savings Plans of Maryland is the easy, affordable and smart way to save for your child's education at nearly any college in the nation.


Adoption Support

Selecting an adoption agency and navigating the maze of adoption regulations can be a daunting task. To assist employees, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement is assembling a network of adoptive parents at Johns Hopkins who are interested in discussing their experiences with employees considering adoption. Contact the LifeSpan Services Manager for more information.

Adoption Assistance Plan

The University provides adoption assistance to eligible employees. Full-time faculty and staff with at least two consecutive years of full-time JHU service immediately prior to the initiation of the adoption process are eligible to participate in this program.

The Maryland Department of Human Resources provides general guidance on adoption and a list of private adoption agencies in Maryland.


Breastfeeding Support Program

Having a baby is a major life transition. Continuing to breastfeed after you return to work adds a daily activity that needs to fit into your work day and environment.  The Johns Hopkins Breastfeeding Support Program is here to help make the transition easier so that you can breastfeed for as long as it is the best choice for you and your baby.

Mother's Rooms on Johns Hopkins campuses


Car Seat Assistance

The Johns Hopkins Children's Safety Center offers several plans for low income parents to obtain car seats. Maryland law requires that all children under eight years and weighing less than 65 pounds (the child must achieve both) have to be in a car seat while in an automobile.

Installation and Inspection

Studies show that 90 percent of car seats are used incorrectly. Certified child passenger safety technicians at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Safety Center can ensure that your child’s seat is installed properly. This service is free for families who receive Medical Assistance, WIC or have other documented needs; the cost is $10 for all other families.

Rent or Buy a Car Seat

The Johns Hopkins Children’s Safety Center also offers reduced-cost car seats for purchase and infant car seats for one year loan. Parents must meet income eligibility criteria.

Contact Akisha Price at 410-614-5587 or email at

Car Seat Installations/Checks

MD Kids in Safety Seats (KISS)

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