With child safety in mind, rather than setting up rooms and offering temporary child care for campus events, U-M departments and programs are encouraged to support parents in securing their own care off-campus. University rooms and spaces may be unsafe for children; equipment may be lacking (e.g., CPSC-approved cribs set up for safe sleep); caregiver staffing requires background checks, training and supervision (see Children on Campus); etc.
Instead, U-M departments and programs might consider:
- Offering financial support for U-M guests to bring their own family member, trusted friend or babysitter to provide child care in their hotel room
- Providing guests with multiple child care search resources like online listings at Care.com and Sittercity.com, and caregiver placement agencies such as Kennedy Care Private Care Program or College Nannies, for care in their U-M campus-area hotel room. Currently-affiliated U-M participants may also be able to find a Family Helper for care in their own Ann Arbor-area home only, and for their own children only. Also, parents may be able to find short-term care, especially for weekday hours, in a state-licensed child care center or home. For liability reasons, only the parent should search for and secure this child care, not the U-M department or program.
- Reimbursing guests for a portion of their child care expenses related to your campus event
- Allowing new parents to bring their infants with them to campus sessions, events, or workplaces, and if possible, providing a private space for nursing and baby care, with the understanding that the parent will be with their own child at all times
The Work-Life Resource Center does not endorse or represent any resources listed as recommended by the University of Michigan.
Contact the U-M Work-Life Resource Center at (734) 763-9379 with child care resource-related questions. We cannot provide guidance on setting up child care rooms.
See Children on Campus for additional information.