Easing the Cost of Childcare

Childcare Choice: Choose your setting, your location, and your curriculum.

The Childcare Choice – Employee program offers up to $2,000 in reimbursements per fiscal year per household for qualifying childcare. The childcare you claim must occur in Arizona and must be work-related (i.e., necessary to allow you or other usual caregivers to attend work). To participate, you must be eligible for full benefits as a University of Arizona employee.

The 2021–2022 program is now closed. Applications re-open on August 1, 2022.

Applications Closed

To apply, review the Program Guidelines below. Then log in to UAccess Employee Self Service and select the Childcare Choice tile on your Employee Main Homepage.

Program Guidelines - English

Learn what qualifies as a work-related childcare expense, what documentation you need to apply, and how to receive reimbursement.

Program Guidelines - English

Directrices del programa - Español

Conozca qué califica como un gasto de cuidado de niños relacionado con el trabajo, qué documentación necesita para presentar una solicitud y cómo recibir un reembolso.

Directrices del programa - Español

Reimbursement Calendar - 2022-2023

Please note the monthly and quarterly Cost Form submission deadlines and applicable pay periods for reimbursement.

View Calendar

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. All eligible employees must complete a new program application each fiscal year.

You will receive an email indicating when the maximum program reimbursement amount has been reached. You can also verify your balance in UAccess.

If your application is approved mid-fiscal year, you will have a one-time opportunity to claim any qualifying childcare expenses from the beginning of the quarter in which you were waitlisted. You must submit your claim before the deadline of the first paycheck after your approval.

You can add a child or a new provider in UAccess Employee. Navigate to the Childcare Choice tile of your Employee Main Homepage, and select “Append Approved Application” in the left column. Follow the instructions to update your information.

No. A child’s birthdate and the name of the childcare program in which the child is enrolled are both needed to apply for Childcare Choice.

Childcare Choice reimbursements are given per household. Reimbursements do not vary based on the number of children within the household.

No. Only approved program participants need to submit Cost Forms.

Log into UAccess and select the Life & Work Connections tile (the same used to apply). Select “Submit Cost Form (upper left corner menu). Click “next” (bottom right corner) to access the form.

Sick and Back-Up Childcare

Sick and backup childcare services are available when there is an unexpected interruption in your regularly scheduled childcare. 

Get Back-Up Childcare

Parenting & Childcare Consultations

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Meet with a dependent care advisor to explore childcare options and/or to identify and develop parenting techniques.

Schedule a Consultation