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2018 Kids Kare at Home

You must enroll each year.

Registration for Kids Kare at Home, a sick child and backup childcare service for the U-M community, is now open.

This service is for those times when regular care is unavailable. For example, when a child needs to stay home due to illness, but the parent must be on campus or at work, a Kids Kare caregiver may be available to provide backup care in the home.

"It's never easy caring for a sick child, and for working parents, it can be extra challenging," says Barb Mulay, manager of the U-M Work-Life Resource Center. "It can be very stressful to juggle schedules and make sure that you can care for your child, and handle work or school responsibilities. To help reduce the stress and give parents another option is why the university supports this service."

To use the Kids Kare at Home program, faculty, staff, and students must first register online. Parents are encouraged to register now to ensure access to the service beginning Jan. 1. Registration is free and there is no obligation to use the service.

"Many parents sign up just in case it's needed, for a little peace of mind," said Mulay. "It's just one of the many programs that the university offers to help make this a more flexible and open place to work and learn."

An hourly sliding-scale rate, based on the total family income, will be determined upon registration. Parents who enrolled for the service in 2017 must re-register for next year. Please, take a few minutes to register now.