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Childcare

Weill Cornell Medicine is committed to the well-being of its students and employees in all aspects of their academic, personal and work lives.

Weill Cornell Child Care

There are child care options available at both Weill Cornell and in the community.

1. Weill Cornell Children’s Center (Bright Horizons)

409 East 60th St. (between 1st and York Ave.)

While there are limited spaces available, this facility provides child care for the children of Weill Cornell faculty, staff, postdocs and students. They accommodate children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. You may apply after you have received your Appointment Letter. Details about the registration process and the pre-registration form are available on the HR Intranet. You may apply to be added to their wait list even before your child is born. We recommend that you apply as early as possible.

2. Roosevelt Island Day Nursery

405 Main St., Roosevelt Island

Child care is available at this facility near WCM housing only for Postdoctoral scholars. Limited spaces are available for children between 12 weeks and 3 years of age. If you pre-register for the Weill Cornell (Bright Horizons) Children’s Center above, you will be added to the wait list for the Roosevelt Island Day Nursery as well. Once on the wait list, you will be contacted if space becomes available.

3. Play Area Association (PAA)

The PAA is a volunteer social organization run by parents. It is open to families from Weill Cornell Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery and Rockefeller University. The PAA provides indoor and outdoor play areas, sponsors a Play-and-Learn Co-op for children ages 24 months through 5 years, discounted children’s enrichment classes, weekly playgroups for toddlers, field trips and fun parties for PAA families throughout the year.

4. Emergency Child Care Back-Up Program

The Emergency Child Care Backup Program provides peace-of-mind when your normal child care arrangements are disrupted and/or when you need to provide short-term care — your child cannot attend school, school is closed, the babysitter cancels, etc. but you still need to get to work, attend to your lab or write a paper.

If you need backup child care, it is available to you - often within a few hours. Two options are available:

  • Take your child to any convenient Bright Horizons Childcare Facility. The daily co-pay is $15 per child, or $25 per family.
  • In-home childcare from a Bright Horizons caregiver is available for $6 per hour.

Backup child care is available for up to 10 days per employee per calendar year. Employees must register in advance with Bright Horizons to use this service. Registration is available by phone or online, 24/7. If registering online, please log in with the username and password listed below:

By phone:  (877) 242-2737

Backup Program Online

User name: WeillCornell

Password: 4backup

 

New York City Child Care Resources

NYC offers universal, free pre-kindergarten programs for all. Learn more about the application process and eligibility guidelines on the Department of Education website.

Weill Cornell Caregiver Resource is for Weill Cornell employees to search for or recommend caregivers (need CWID & password)

To find a licensed child care program in your neighborhood, you can search the NYC Dept. of Health web site or the NYC Administration for Children’s Services.

Lactation Lounges

As part of Weill Cornell Medicine's continued efforts to meet the needs of our community, Lactation Lounges are available at several locations. These lounges offer a user-friendly, private and comfortable space for those who wish to pump their breast milk during break times. 

Olin Hall

The Quiet Room is located in Room 319 and can be accessed, if available, by showing your employee ID badge to the lobby attendant. It is equipped with a small refrigerator and has an adjoining bathroom.

575 Lexington

Wellness Rooms are available on the 6th, 9th and 10th floors. Employees who wish to use a Wellness Room must complete a Registration Form (all information you provide will remain confidential). Once your request is processed, you will receive a message confirming your registration with instructions on how to reserve a room.

For immediate needs, please contact Diane Deely: (646) 962-3731 // did9045@med.cornell.edu, or Nicolle Barricella: (646) 962-3736 // njl2002@med.cornell.edu.

Starr 5

A Lactation Lounge is available 24/7 in room 554. This lounge includes four stations separated by privacy curtains. To request access to this area or to receive additional information, please contact lactationroom@nyp.org.

 

Schooling

To assist in the process of understanding the educational options for children in New York City, Weill Cornell Medicine has arranged for a subscription at EduProfile which allows all current employees and students access to more than 2,500 profiles of public and private nursery, elementary, middle and high schools in New York City. To gain access to this database resource, please send an account request to admin@eduprofile.com using your Weill Cornell e-mail address.

For information and assistance in navigating the New York City public school selection and enrollment process, please visit the NYC Department of Education.

The Parents League of New York can provide valuable information about local independent and private schools.

 

Elder/Adult Care Emergency Backup Program

The Emergency Elder/Adult Care Backup Program provides care for anyone you have or feel a responsibility toward, including yourself, when normal arrangements are disrupted and/or when you need to provide short-term care — your parent who lives in another state becomes ill or temporarily incapacitated, your home health aide cannot come in, etc. Emergency Care is often available to you within a few hours. In-home eldercare from a Bright Horizons caregiver is available for $6 per hour. Backup eldercare is available for up to 10 days per employee per calendar year.

Employees must register in advance with Bright Horizons to use this service. Registration is available by phone or online, 24/7. If registering online, please log in with the username and password listed below:

By phone: (877) 242-2737

Elder Program Online

User name:  WeillCornell

Password: 4backup