Well-Being Help Center
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NEW! Free Access to Care.com
Through an agreement with Care.com, university faculty, staff and students can access a network of caregivers for children (including tutors), adults, seniors, pets and more. The monthly membership fee is covered by this agreement, but employees and students are responsible for the cost of the care they utilize. This benefit is available to employees and students through mid-January 2022. Visit umich.care.com to get started.
Anyone with an existing premium membership to Care.com may be eligible for a reimbursement after signing up for U-M’s Care@Work program. Contact Care.com member care at 855-781-1301 for assistance.
Family Helpers are current U-M students, recent U-M graduates, or benefits-eligible U-M retirees who offer short-term, partial week, or occasional services in the Ann Arbor-area family homes of current U-M faculty, staff, and students only, and for their household family members only. Services offered may include babysitting or child care, tutoring or lessons (remotely or in-person), adult or elder care.
Disclaimer: The U-M Family Helpers program is offered as an option for parents and guardians. The use of the program should be carefully considered by parents and guardians, taking into account individual situations and preferences. To learn more, visit the U-M Work-Life Resource Center here.
Family Pod Match
Ann Arbor-based service, https://familypodmatch.com, which matches local families with one another to share childcare to enable working from home; form school pods to help supervise kids’ distance learning; nanny share; or for parents of younger children, find playmates. Families fill out a five-minute form and get matched up within a week or two. They can then decide whether to move ahead with meeting each other. This resource is not sponsored by the University. Learn more here
Kids Kare at Home
If your regular child caregiver is unavailable, and you must work or study for U-M, Kids Kare at Home may be able to help.
Backup, in-your-home child care for U-M families
For children ages 13 and under (or older children with special needs up to the age of 25 who cannot be left alone)
Partially-subsidized hourly rate (based on household income) for families who qualify -- please note that subsidy is limited to 48 subsidized hours of care per calendar year, per U-M household
Care is provided by Kennedy Care/Safe at Home, a contracted supplier of services
Caregivers are Red Cross trained, and have had state and FBI criminal background checks
Disclaimer: The U-M Kids Kare at Home program is offered as an option for parents and guardians. The use of the program should be carefully considered by parents and guardians, taking into account individual situations and preferences. The caregivers for this program are screened through a caregiver agency, Kennedy Care/Safe at Home. The U-M Work-Life Resource Center does not endorse or recommend any individual caregiver. To learn more, visit the U-M Work-Life Resource Center here.
Michigan Pandemic Pods & Microschools Community Facebook. This resource is not sponsored by the University. Join here
Komae is a cooperative childcare app, providing a flexible care management option for parents. Learn more here
Pod School Prep
Pod School Prep is a comprehensive training designed by youth development experts from the education and summer camp industries. This online, self-paced course will train Pod Leaders how to create and maintain healthy, positive environments in Pods where kids can learn, connect with others, and thrive. Pod School Prep is divided into ten distinct units (listed on the website). Each unit has a 20-30 minute video presented by an expert host, an accompanying handout with key concepts, and a quiz. It should take 4-5 hours to complete the entire training. Pod Leaders log on to our portal and can complete each unit on their own schedule. Once a Pod Leader completes a unit, including successful completion of the unit quiz, they are emailed a certificate of completion for the unit. If a Pod Leader successfully completes all 9 units, they will be emailed a certificate showing they completed the entire Pod School Prep program. This resource is not sponsored by the University. Learn more here
School of Education Job Posting
Post a full or part-time job opportunity for distribution to School of Education students and alumni by completing this form.