Kids Kare at Home
What It Is
Kids Kare at Home is a safe and secure emergency back-up option
for those times when childcare falls through. Any regular
faculty or staff member who is affiliated with the Ann Arbor,
Flint, or Dearborn campuses may use the program if they have
at least a half-time appointment. Full- or half-time students
(graduate and undergraduate) on the Ann Arbor campus are also
eligible to register for Kids Kare.
The U-M Work/Life Resource Center contracts with
a home health care agency to provide
this service. The caregivers are carefully screened and have
received training in childhood illnesses, child development,
and CPR. The agency is bonded, and all caregivers have had
state and FBI criminal background checks.
The Kids Kare fees are subsidized by the University
and are charged on a sliding scale when you use the program.
For information about fees, billing, and usage, see the Kids
Kare website or call the Kids Kare office.
Why You Should Know
For example, if a child is sick and must stay home from daycare,
but the parent needs to go to work, a Kids Kare caregiver
can be called to provide back-up care. Or if your children's
regular caregiver isn’t available on a given day, Kids
Kare at Home can fill in.
To use Kids Kare at Home, faculty, staff,
and students must first be registered for the program. The
best way to register is online during the Benefits Open Enrollment
period in October of each year. If you miss signing up at
that time, you may also register by calling the Kids