Child Care & Schools
A wide variety of day care and baby-sitting options is available in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood area. Students with children, especially those who live in University housing, frequently form cooperative day care networks in their buildings. Many graduate student spouses provide baby-sitting in their homes and advertise their services on campus bulletin boards. There are many fine nursery schools in Hyde Park, including one run by the University. The University of Chicago helps employees and students find child care through two main sources:
The Day Care Action Council (DCAC) is a private, not-for-profit agency, which operates a resource and referral service. The University has contracted with DCAC to help you locate arrangements for your children. The DCAC is located at 4753 North Broadway, Suite 1200, Chicago, Illinois 60640 (phone: 773-561-7900; see http://www.daycareaction.org/.
The On-Campus Child Care Coordinator maintains a list of members of the University community who are interested in providing child care. The coordinator is located in the Benefits Counseling Office, Bookstore Building, Third floor, 970 East 58th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (phone: 773-702-9634; fax: 773-834-0996; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is important to remember that the On-Campus Child Care Coordinator and the Day Care Action Council are referral services only and do not recommend or endorse any particular provider.
Hyde Park has excellent public, private, and parochial schools. Registration for public schools is based on neighborhood boundaries unless the school is a magnet school (open to children citywide), or unless a permit to attend is granted by the school. To ensure a place in a private or parochial school, enroll as early as possible (most schools are full by late summer).
For further information on nursery, elementary, and secondary schools, write to the Office of Graduate Affairs, Administration Building 229, 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (phone: 773-702-7813; fax: 773-702-1194; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://grad-affairs.uchicago.edu).