Child Care Resources
Rice Children’s Campus
Operated by the Center for Early Childhood Education, the Rice Children’s Campus is one of Houston’s premier early learning facilities serving the children of Rice University faculty, staff and students, age birth through five. Please visit the CECE website for more information.
Rice’s Recreation Center
Rice’s Recreation Center has a Summer Youth Activity Program, and Rice employees receive early registration and a discount.
Rice has partnered with Kidventure to offer summer camp programs to faculty and staff at their convenient locations across Houston — as a Rice employee you receive a 50% discount on “before” and “after camp” care! Please visit our Kidventure page for more information.
YMCA – Texas Medical Center
Rice is a member of the Texas Medical Center so Rice community members (faculty, staff, graduate students, or undergraduate students) are welcome to the YMCA child care center.
Just let the YMCA staff know that you are a Rice community member, and the application fee should be waived.
Back Up Care
Rice offers a benefits eligible faculty and staff a subsidized back-up care program. The Back Up Care Advantage Program offers both child and elder care, with the flexibility of both in-home or center-based care. The program also provides Bright Horizons CareDirect – an online care database for other long-term care for children, elders, pets, and more.
Rice’s first lactation room is a place for nursing mothers to pump breast milk or nurse their child in a private and comfortable setting. For access information and other details, please refer to the Lactation Room page.
Houston and the Rice area have a lot of different alternatives for child care services. There are several tools available to you to assist you in your search:
- The Texas Department of Family & Protective Services offer a free child care search tool.
- Collaborative for Children offers free child care resource and referral services. Click on the link above or call them at 713-660-1234 to access their free services.
- Initiatives for Children offers information about child safety, protection.
- Many of Houston ISD’s elementary schools have pre-school programs and after-school programs — go to HISD’s website for more details.