Registration for Kids Kare at Home, a backup child care service for the University of Michigan community, is open.

This service is for those times when regular care is unavailable, but the parent must be on campus or at work. A Kids Kare caregiver may be available to provide backup care in the home.

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.

At this time, as a pandemic precaution, care is not available for children who are ill.

“It’s an important time to have extra support. Kids Kare is great for those occasional times when you simply need some help,” said Barb Mulay, manager of the Work-Life Resource Center. “It’s great that the university cares enough to financially subsidize this service to make U-M a flexible and open place to work and learn.”

An hourly sliding-scale rate, based on total family income, will be determined upon registration. Parents who enrolled for the service in 2020 must re-register for 2021.

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