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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start my search for child care?

Visit Learn About Child Care/ 5 Steps To Finding the Right Child Care on our site. This will walk you through the process.

What does Center for Child Care and Family Resources do?

The CCFR serves as an information and referral office for students, faculty and staff by assisting them to identify and locate quality child care and obtain services to benefit both them and their families. We work to promote child care expansion throughout the University and offer financial support for child care costs to student families that qualify. We continue to add additional services to support all families in the University of Utah community.

How can I get help paying for child care if I am a student?>

The CCFR offers two types of assistance; Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) grant and the School Life Scholarship. Please visit our Finances page to learn more.

How can I get help paying for child care if I am faculty or staff?

The University does not have a program to assist faculty and staff with child care costs. You will find information regarding the child care subsidy program through the Department of Workforce Services.

What if I need a preschool, not full time care?

Both options are available on campus. Please visit the Care Options tab on our website for listings of campus preschool programs.

All University child care programs include preschool. Not all preschool programs offer child care.

Are the early care and education programs on campus licensed?

All campus child care centers are fully licensed and accredited or working towards accreditation.

Preschool programs are not required to be licensed, however the Child and Family Development Center is nationally accredited. Please visit Selecting a Quality Program and Licensing vs. Accreditation to learn more.

Summer camps are not licensed.

What are the costs for on campus early care and education programs?

Each program is operated independently and has differing price structures. Please contact the individual programs for pricing. If you are a student parent, please visit our Finances page for information on possible child care assistance.

What are my chances of getting in? Will I be put on a waiting list? Does it cost to be on a waiting list?

Each provider differs and their enrollment may change regularly. In order to ensure finding the care you need, start your search early. Many providers have waiting lists for infants for up to a year or possibly more. Many providers do request a registration fee when placing a child on the waiting list but each provider has different policies. Contact the provider for more information.

What time do the centers on campus open and close?

The centers have differing hours as they serve a variety of needs. Please visit Care Options to learn about the different centers and their hours of operation.

What if my child is sick and cannot attend their regular care?

There is no sick-child program on campus.

It is important to discuss all of the options for "sick" days with your child care provider. Most providers have strict policies on how they limit the spread of germs and that includes sending sick children home. Develop an “in case of illness” plan that includes back up child care arrangements with family, friends and neighbors.

Are there child care resources available for children with special needs?

All early care and education programs associated with the University are inclusive and accepting of all children. However, not all programs are prepared for or able to accommodate all special needs.

The early care and education programs are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all children.  However, each program will need to assess the necessary accommodations and what they can provide without undue hardship on the program as outlined by ADA.

Please contact the individual programs regarding their policies and procedures.

The Center for Child Care and Family Resources does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, status as a disabled individual, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information or protected veteran’s status, in employment, treatment, admission access to educational programs and activities or other benefits or services.

Why doesn’t the University offer more child care options?

The start-up of a new child care program can be very costly and time consuming. Proper space and a highly trained staff are needed for a high quality early childhood program. Often times Departments may decide that these financial barriers are too great and the number of impacted employees and students too small. The CCFR is available to all University Departments and organizations to help guide them through this process.

The main purpose of Center for Child Care and Family Resources is to coordinate information and give support to University students, faculty and staff. In serving this purpose, the office gathers campus wide data and conducts needs and satisfaction surveys. In addition, the CCFR provides support and information to Departments that are exploring the development of a child care program for their Department faculty, staff and students. If an individual University Department is interested in opening a child care program, the CCFR can provide support, information and expertise.  However, at this time, it is still the responsibility of the Departments to initiate the process, find needed space, provide start-up capital and manage the child care program.

We have a diverse family, will our child be accepted?

Early care and education programs at the University are open to all families, regardless of ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. All will work with families to provide an inclusive early learning environment for all children. Diversity extends to the family structure as well, and we are committed to the philosophy of treating all family situations equally and without bias.

The University of Utah does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, status as a disabled individual, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information or protected veteran’s status, in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services.

Is there a program to help me find other parents who may want to exchange child care?

Yes, U-Match is a new program at the University that can help. U-Match is a registry program where University students, faculty and staff can register and gain access for lists of people; those "wanting to be a babysitter/nanny" and those "looking for a babysitter/nanny."  For more information, click on the "Care Options" tab on our main website page and scroll down to "U-Match".   

Are there any drop-in child care options available?

The UKids – Presidents Circle Program does have an Evening Drop-In program that is offered only to students fall and spring semesters. This service is a pre-pay service and requires you contact the center in advance. Please visit the UKids – Presidents Circle Program website or Care Options/Campus Child Care Programs for more information.

How do I know if a particular child care is a good place for my child?

Do your homework by visiting the provider, checking their licensing and accreditation status, asking lots of questions and using the Child Care Checklist to help you know what to look for and what questions to ask. Make sure that you are able to visit the center and spend time in the classroom without having to make an appointment; quality programs should have an open door policy. Once you have done this, trust your instincts as only you know what is best for your child.

Which is better, a child care center or a family provider?

This is really based on what you feel is best for your child and which environment you are most comfortable with. Each type of care has its merits depending on what you are looking for. Review the Types of Care page to learn about both.

Are there any options for school age children on campus?

There are limited options for school age care. Some programs will accept school age children if you are able to transport your child to and from the school and the child care program. Contact individual programs for more information.

There are lots of summer camp options available; visit Care Options/Summer Care Options for a listing of what is available.

Do any of the Centers have evening care?

The UKids – Presidents Circle program offers care until 9:00 pm, during fall and spring semester and until 5:30 pm summer semester.

Does the gym have child care?

The UKids – Presidents Circle Program does have an Evening Drop-In program that is offered only to students fall and spring semesters. This service is a pre-pay service and requires you contact the center in advance. Please visit the UKids – Presidents Circle Program website or Care Options/Campus Child Care Programs for more information.

Can my child go to child care while I study?

 

Last Updated: 11/16/17