Alternative child care services available during the pandemic


Kids Kare at Home is a service for U-M faculty, staff and students when regular child care is unavailable, and it remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Administered by University Human Resources’ Work-Life Resource Center, Kids Kare provides trained caregivers in the home. The hourly cost is subsidized for some university faculty, staff and students using a sliding scale based on family income.

In order to use the service, employees must register online. When applicable, an hourly sliding-scale rate, based on total family income, will be provided upon registration.

Registrants must provide their family income in order to receive subsidized rates. The full cost without subsidy is $23 per hour for in-home care. However, depending on total household income, it can be as low as $7 per hour.

Additional support is available through Family Helpers, a database of U-M students, recent graduates and retirees who offer short-term, partial week or occasional services in the family homes of current faculty, staff and students.

Child care and elder care are among the services being listed. Due to U-M classes now being conducted online, many additional students have registered to be a Family Helper. Visit the Family Helpers website to learn more.


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