Childcare Choice – Employee

Are you a student looking for childcare subsidy? Please view the Childcare Choice: Student webpage.

Childcare Choice - Employee

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Easing the Cost of Childcare: 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 the United States and must be work-related (i.e., necessary to allow you or other usual caregivers to attend work). You must be eligible for full benefits as a University of Arizona employee to participate.

The 2023–2024 program is closed. 

Applications for 2024/2025 will open August 1

To apply, review the Program Guidelines below. Then use the button above to complete the application

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.

Program Guidelines - Spanish

Step-By-Step Instructions

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.

Reimbursement Calendar - 2023-2024

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

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.

Additional Services & Programs

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Back-Up Care Program

Back-Up Care services are available when there is an unexpected interruption in your regularly scheduled care for children, adults and/or elders. 

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Parenting & Childcare Consultations

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

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Adult & Elder Care Consultations

Adult and elder care consultations include a comprehensive review of your loved one's needs and a customized care plan.

Contact Us

Have questions about these resources?

Connect with the Life & Work Connections Team
Phone: 520-621-2493

Have questions about your benefits?

Connect with the HR Solutions team