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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.

2019/2020 Program Update:

The Childcare Choice – Employee program has reached its fiscal year allocation.  Interested employees are encouraged to apply as qualifying applications will be added to a waitlist.  Please call (520) 621-1530 with any questions. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to receiving your application.

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 has a limited funding pool. As a result, funding assistance for the entire fiscal year cannot be guaranteed and available program slots are prioritized based on application date. Funds are available 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 the 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