Bright Horizons

Bright Horizons.
New College Coach Program

College Coach, offered through Bright Horizons, can help you navigate your child’s path to college. College Coach provides one-on-one guidance from college admissions experts, including strategies for applying for college, personalized essay review with feedback, online resources, and virtual events.

To register, visit the Bright Horizons website.

  • Username: Princeton
  • Password: care4you

For more information, review the College Coach FAQs.

Back-up Care

The Bright Horizons Back-up Care Program provides faculty and staff with back-up care when there are temporary disruptions in one’s child, adult, and/or elder caregiving arrangements that would otherwise prevent fulfilling work obligations. Faculty and staff receive 100 hours of back-up care each calendar year. Caregivers are FBI background checked, CPR and first aid certified, licensed, and insured. Child care centers must meet or exceed state licensing regulations and guidelines, including health and safety standards, and staff-to-child ratios.

Bright Horizons also provides access to virtual tutoring for your child including homework help. Faculty and staff may exchange 8 hours of back-up care for 4 hours of virtual tutoring and pay only $4 per hour. Tutoring is available for students age 5 through 18. 

Care Options
  • Center-based Care: Bright Horizons coordinates and confirms care at an in-network approved day care or elder care center
  • In-home Care: Bright Horizons coordinates and confirms in-home care with an in-network caregiver at the employee's home
  • Out-of-Network Care (OONC): Available only if center-based or in-home care is not available. Faculty and staff must contact Bright Horizons for approval prior to using out-of-network care. If approved, Bright Horizons will reimburse up to $100 per day for care.
  • Princeton University subsidizes the cost of the Back-up Care Program. In-home care is $4 per hour for up to three dependents. Center-based care is $2 per hour per child.
  • The University’s subsidized portion for back-up care is $35.11 per hour based on the type of care provided, the subsidy may be reflected in the paycheck as imputed income.
  • Elder care is considered taxable income; employees will pay additional taxes through Payroll.
  • Child care, when used in the conjunction with a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, may be treated as taxable income.
  • The Center-based care and in-home care hours will be charged in increments of 4 hours each day. For example, if only 3 hours of care are used, employees will be charged for 4 hours of care. If 7 hours are used, employees will be charged for 8 hours of care. When center-based care or in-home care are not available, Bright Horizons may approve Out-of-Network Care (OONC). If OONC is approved, employees must submit the Bright Horizon reimbursement form within 10 days of the date care took place. The benefit provides reimbursement up to $100 per day. Any OONC hours used on any given day will be counted as 8 hours of care for that day.

Eligibility begins on the first of the month coincident with or next month following the employee’s date of hire. Refer to the Benefits Eligibility Tool.

Deadlines and Application Process

Faculty and staff may access the back-up care or tutoring benefit at any time and must register on the Bright Horizons' website to schedule care or call Bright Horizons at (877) 242-2737. The user name is Princeton and the password is care4you. Those registering will receive a welcome packet in the mail that includes additional information and instructions. Fees are charged after services are rendered.

If there are any discrepancies between the information in this publication, verbal representations, and the plan documents, the plan documents always govern. Although Princeton intends to continue these benefits, the University reserves the right to amend or terminate these plans at any time.