Child Care in Campus Buildings

With child safety in mind, rather than setting up child care rooms for campus events, U-M departments and programs are encouraged to support parents in securing their own child care off-campus. University rooms and spaces may be unsafe for children; equipment may be lacking; state child care licensing rules exist; and staffing requires background checks, training and supervision.

Instead, U-M departments and programs might consider:

  • Offering financial support for your guests to bring their own family member or friend to provide child care in their hotel room
  • Providing guests with multiple resources such as online caregiver listings at Care.com and Sittercity.com, and child care agencies such as Kennedy Care Backup Child Care and College Nannies and Sitters, if they would like to look into hiring someone for child care in their hotel room. Also, parents may be able to find short-term child care, particularly 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 host department or program.
  • Reimbursing guests for a portion of their child care expenses related to your campus event
  • Allowing parents to have their child with them on campus, with the understanding that the parent will be with, and provide all care for, their own child at all times

Contact the Work-Life Resource Center at (734) 763-9379 with child care resource-related questions. We cannot provide guidance on setting up child care rooms. Instead, please go to Children on Campus, a State of Michigan guide to child care licensing, and the State of Michigan licensing rules for child care centers.

The Work-Life Resource Center does not endorse or represent any resources listed as recommended by the University of Michigan.