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Childcare Choice – Employee

Easing the cost of childcare

Through the Childcare Choice program, the University of Arizona offers reimbursement for qualified childcare expenses. The information below is for employees. If you are a student, click here instead.

Program Update:

Application materials for the 2019–2020 program year will be available July 1. Watch your email for an announcement, or check back here.

2019–2020 new program features:

  • Application materials will be available July 1, a full month in advance of enrollment. This will provide you more time to complete materials and get signatures.
  • Enrollment will open on August 1 (one month later than it has in the past). After approval, you will be able to claim qualifying July expenses.

Childcare Choice-Employee Overview

Childcare Choice-Employee helps UA employees defray costs of work-related childcare occurring in Arizona. Employees can receive reimbursement through their paycheck for childcare expenses already incurred.​

To be eligible:

  • You must be a current UA employee eligible for full benefits
  • The childcare you claim must have occurred in Arizona
  • The childcare you claim must be work related (i.e. Needed to allow you and/or other usual caregivers to attend work)
  • You must enroll each program year

Other details:

Childcare Choice is a grant-funded program with a limited funding pool. As a result, funding assistance for the entire fiscal year cannot be guaranteed. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis up to a maximum of $2,000 annually (July 1 – June 30 fiscal year calendar) per household.

Family tax considerations with other elections, including the University’s Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and tax options (e.g., Internal Revenue Service Child Care Tax Credit), are best discussed with a professional tax advisor.

Additional UA Childcare Resources


Life and Work Connections offers assistance with childcare resources and referrals. Request a consultation by email or by call (520) 621-1530.

Sick and Back-Up Childcare (SBUCP)

SBUCP provides access to temporary caregiver services at a significantly reduced cost. Learn more here.

Family Resource Map

This interactive and mobile-friendly Family Resource Map of campus helps you find lactation spaces, diaper-changing stations (in male and female restrooms), family restrooms, and highchairs.

The new Childcare Choice program for employees is FANTASTIC!  I just received my paycheck reimbursement for my kids’ time in their camp. My husband and I both work, and neither job needed to be interrupted. And, my kids had a great time! I am enrolled in the Life & Work Connections’ Sick Child and Emergency/Back-Up Care Program, too. The UofA is already the best employer that I’ve ever had, now there’s a benefit that makes it even better and really helps out.  [It is] less stressful with the support of this great new program. THANK YOU!!!
 -Lisa Higgins, UofA employee