GCC2018 + BOSC 2018: The Bioinformatics Community Conference
June 25-30, Portland, Oregon, United States

Childcare at GCCBOSC

Childcare at GCCBOSC

The Galaxy Community and Bioinformatics Open Source Conference aims to make events accessible to parents. If you will be bringing kids along then please consider taking advantage of the services that GCCBOSC is offering.

Support is offered for everyone from nursing infants though 12 year olds.

Infants and Nursing Parents

If you have an infant and you want to have them with you during the day, then please bring them along. The conference will provide a nearby room each day for nursing parents. Please let us know so we can plan.

Register your interest in a nursing room


Childcare provided by Little Vikings Childcare

Subsidized childcare for kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age is provided by Little Vikings child care in the Smith Memorial Student Union on the Portland State University campus in downtown Portland. Little Vikings' goal is to provide a safe, comfortable, joyful experience.

  • Lunch, snacks and beverages are provided for kids between 3 and 12.
  • We ask that parents bring pre-made bottles, and baby food and snacks for your infants and toddlers.

Little Vikings is a Nut Free Facility.

Childcare is available from 8am to 7pm, Monday-Saturday, June 25th - June 30th. Each day's core conference activities start at 9 and end by 6, giving you time to get kids settled, and to pick them up. If you want to attend evening sessions such as birds-of-a-feather or the conference dinner then you are encouraged to bring your kids along to the evening sessions. Evening sessions and the conference dinner tend to be informal events and having kids around contributes to that vibe.

Space is extremely limited.

Childcare costs and sign up

Childcare can be booked in half day increments and works out to be either $7 per hour (for children of students and postdocs), or $10 per hours for everyone else. The rates are:

Ages Package Times Meals Student & Post-doc Others
6 weeks to 2 years old Morning 8am-1pm None $35.00 $50.00
Afternoon 1pm-7pm None $42.00 $60.00
3 to 12 years old Morning 8am-1pm Snacks, Lunch $35.00 $50.00
Afternoon 1pm-7pm Snacks, Dinner $42.00 $60.00

Please use this form to signup for daycare. Once you have signed up, Little Vikings will contact you about payment.

Location and Lodging

Reed College has a strict no-minors policy in their dorms. Therefore, you'll need to find alternative housing. PSU is in downtown Portland and GCCBOSC is at Reed College which is several miles outside of downtown. If you are using Little Vikings childcare, it may make sense to stay close to PSU. See the conference FAQ page for some nearby options.

These options are particularly close to Portland State:

There are several other options within a 15 minute walk:

Reed College also has a list of recommended hotels, including several that are downtown.