Easing the Cost of Childcare
Childcare Choice: 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 2022–2023 program is now open.
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 & Spanish
Learn what qualifies as a work-related childcare expense, what documentation you need to apply, and how to receive reimbursement. También disponible en español.
Download the flyers below to view step-by-step instructions on how to apply to the Childcare Choice program and how to submit a cost form. También disponible en español.
Sick and Back-Up Childcare
Sick and backup childcare services are available when there is an unexpected interruption in your regularly scheduled childcare.
Parenting & Childcare Consultations
Meet with a dependent care advisor to explore childcare options and/or to identify and develop parenting techniques.
Adult & Elder Care Consultations
Adult and elder care consultations include a comprehensive review of your loved one's needs and a customized care plan.
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.
Please refer to the Reimbursement Calendar (PDF) to see submittal deadlines.
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.