Registration for Kids Kare at Home, a sick-child and backup child care service for the University of Michigan community, is now open.
This service is for those times when regular care is unavailable. For example, when a child needs to stay home due to illness, but the parent must be on campus or at work, a Kids Kare caregiver may be available to provide backup care in the home.
"It can be very challenging and stressful to care for kids and juggle your schedule - especially if your child gets sick" says Barb Mulay, manager of the Work-Life Resource Center. "The university offers Kids Kare to give parents a backup care option and hopefully a little peace of mind."
To use the Kids Kare at Home program, faculty, staff and students must first register online. Parents are encouraged to register now to ensure access to the service beginning Jan. 1. Registration is free and there is no obligation to use the service.
"It's just nice to know that you can access this service if you ever need it," adds Mulay. "And that the university cares enough to support this service to make U-M a flexible and open place to work and learn."
An hourly sliding-scale rate, based on total family income, will be determined upon registration. Parents who enrolled for the service in 2018 must re-register for 2019.