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Back-Up Childcare

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 back up care needs, and regarding out of town childcare support for a professional conference or research projects.

Sick and Back-Up Childcare

Subsidized by the University of Arizona, the Sick and Back-Up Childcare Program (SBUCP) is available to current employees eligible for full benefits and currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate/professional students in the greater Tucson and Phoenix areas. View the Meet the Provider recorded webinar to learn more about SBUCP's childcare provider, Trusting Connections.

SBUCP 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). Situations eligible for SBUCP include:

  • When children are sick and unable to attend school or childcare.

  • When there is an unscheduled interruption in regular school and/or childcare arrangements.

SBUCP 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, UofA 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., UofA medical student