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Online Kids Kare registration gives faculty and staff
a childcare backup


As part of the University's commitment to help faculty and staff meet the challenge of balancing work obligations with family commitments, the U-M Work/Life Resource Center offers "Kids Kare at Home."

Kids Kare at Home is a safe and secure emergency back-up option when childcare falls through, program manager Shelly Fox-Emmett says. For example, if a child is sick and must stay home from daycare but the parent has an important meeting that can't be missed, a Kids Kare caregiver can be called, she says.

"My husband works part-time and primarily takes care of the kids," says Ann Braun, a fund-raiser for U-M Health System Mott Children's Hospital. "But when he can't be there and I can't be there, Kids Kare can be there.

"They are professional and wonderful. It's made a big difference for us—reducing stress in our lives and marriage," Braun says. "I am really grateful for the service and recommend it to all working parents at U-M."

To use the Kids Kare at Home program, faculty, staff and students must register online. Even those who enrolled for service in 2003 must re-register for next year, Fox-Emmett says.

Online registration is open through Oct. 24. Registration is free and does not obligate a faculty or staff member to use the service, which has a sliding-scale hourly fee. Once registered, a person will be able to use the emergency backup childcare when needed simply by making a phone call.

Visit http://www.umich.edu/~hraa/worklife/kidskare for information and online registration.

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