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Help When You Need It

The University of Arizona offers a variety of work/life programs and services for eligible employees and students, and their eligible dependent children. This includes when children are sick and for emergency/back up care needs, and regarding out of town childcare support for professional conference or research projects. Please select your area(s) of interest below to learn more.

2018/2019 Fiscal Year Update

This program operates on a July 1-June 30 fiscal year (FY) calendar. Fiscal year program information will be available each July 1st.  Unless otherwise noted, when July 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, fiscal year program information will be available the next business day (typically the Monday following July 1st). Call (520) 621-1530 if there are questions.

Sick Child and Emergency/Back-Up Care

Subsidized by the University of Arizona, the Sick Child and Emergency/Back-Up Care Program (SCP/EBCP) is available to current employees eligible for full benefits and currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate/professional students, in the greater Tucson and Phoenix areas. SCP/EBCP supports the diverse, organizational and family needs of our campus community by providing access to temporary caregiver service for children (ages birth to 12 years) as follows:

Sick Child Program (SCP)

SCP serves children who are sick and unable to attend school or childcare.

Emergency/Back-Up Care Program (EBCP)

EBCP serves children when there is an unscheduled interruption in regular school and/or childcare arrangements. EBCP cannot be used due to holidays or other planned school closures, nor for the period between the end of summer programming and the beginning of school.
 

Out of Town Childcare Support for Professional Conference or Research Projects

Childcare support for professional out of town work can vary from department to department at the University of Arizona. Employee preferences, children’s ages and more, can influence whether children accompany their parents, or if childcare continues at home in Arizona during the conference or research period.
 
Exploring childcare options related to conference or research travel as early as possible, can increase opportunities for positive outcomes. Considerations include:

1.      Ask conference representatives about conference-affiliated care options.
2.      Request a childcare consultation.

Additionally, UA employees and students may be interested in Lotsa Helping Hands as a strategic tool for related planning.

"I am very grateful for the program. Recently our regular daycare provider had to go out of town and there was no one available that day to watch my daughter... When I called, LWC helped me to enroll quickly and I was able to arrange for a nanny to come to my home within two days! I was relieved to have a vetted professional watch my daughter, and I'm so glad that this program is available if I have another emergency."
- Heather M., UA medical student

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