Child Care & Schooling

The Office of Work/Life is Here for You

The School & Child Care Search Service recognizes how extraordinarily challenging this time is for many families. While we cannot change the realities, we are staying as informed as possible. Columbia colleagues, we are here to think out loud with you about the particulars of your situation and explore options.


Some child care centers in the region are already reopened and others are in the reopening process. We suggest you contact the individual providers for their specific plan and timeline. 

For information on fall 2020 plans for NYC public schools, monitor the NYC DOE's Return to School 2020 page.  
Schools & Child Care Fall Planning

Each city and locality is in the process of developing their fall plan. Most school districts, as well as many independent schools, will have some combination of in-person and remote classes --- what is typically being called "blended learning." Staying in touch with your school or provider is the best way to stay informed.

Summer Camp

The availability of in-person and virtual summer programming is evolving rapidly.  Check with individual camps and programs throughout the summer.  See our Summer Resource Guide.

Stay Informed

Changes in policy may evolve at different rates in various communities around the tri-state area. We urge you to stay informed by listening to local and state-level news.

Check Back for Updates

Continue to check this website for updates and helpful information. Columbia colleagues and students, please complete our online information request form if you would like to connect with us.  

Resources for Parents During COVID-19


Resources to support you as we all adjust to new realities.  

Child Care & Schooling Services

School & Child Care Search Service

Expertise and guidance as you explore early education and child care or K-12 schooling options

Back-Up Care Program

Care for adults, children, or yourself in situations when normal care arrangements are interrupted or when short-term care is required

Child Care Benefit

Eligible officers can receive a contribution from Columbia University to a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account.  (Click on Dependent Care FSA and scroll to the bottom of the section.) Recipients can then get reimbursed for child care expenses through this account.

Tuition Programs

Columbia offers several programs for tuition, both at and outside of the University

I Want To Learn About

Early Education & Child Care

Information on educational and child care programs for children younger than five years of age

Early Intervention & Special Ed

A guide to the variety of resources and options available through the city and from other sources

Elementary School Options

Information on schooling options for students in grades K through 5

Middle School Options

Information on schooling options for students in grades 5 through 8

High School Options

Information on schooling options for students in grades 9 through 12

Resources for English Language Learners

A guide to some of the resources available through the city and other sources for English language learners

Summer & Holiday Programs

Resources for finding summer & holiday programs for children & teens

Admissions & Diagnostic Testing

Information on the types of testing services available and how to access them

The School at Columbia

A K-8 school created by Columbia to serve children of neighboring families and of eligible University employees