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Child care access initiative

Being a working parent presents unique challenges. We all want to achieve great things here at the University as faculty, staff, and students. At the same time, many of us have families to take care of. Here at UW WorkLife, we know you have questions that you need the best answers to: What are my options when my toddler is ready for preschool? When I drop my child off at daycare, will she be creatively engaged? When my first grader gets sick, where can I send him so that I can fulfill my commitment to work?

UW WorkLife, a division of Human Resources, along with UW Planning & Management, which includes the Office of Planning & Budgeting, Capital Projects Office, Real Estate, and Office of the University Architect, are taking steps toward increasing child care capacity, options, and support at UW.

Helping UW families

We’re growing our capacity for child care, making campus more family-friendly, increasing the choices for parents and caregivers, and establishing two donor funds, the UW Child Care Fund for Program Initiatives and the UW Child Care Fund for Enrichment, in support of best-in-class care. Director of WorkLife and Child care Development Amy Hawkins is heading the effort along with an expert committee of child care advisors.

Increased capacity

We currently serve 267 children in child care centers on or near campus and we’re aware that our peer institutions have space for 600-700 children. In the next 5-8 years our goal is to double our child care capacity on or near campus.

More choice for parents and caregivers

UW Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma parents seeking child care solutions will have more reliable choices. Options range from lower cost backup care, sick child care, and increased priority access.

Family-friendly campus

We’ll post more resources online showing all parental options on or near campus, including more opportunities for UW-affiliated caregivers and employers to easily find and match needs.

Child care advisory committee

UW WorkLife has convened the Child care Advisory Committee so that across campus we are unified in our pursuit to provide continued quality child care options. The committee meets 4-5 times during the academic year. Scheduled meetings are as follows: March 23, May 18, and September 22, 2017.

To inquire about becoming a member, request information, or place an item on the agenda, contact Amy Hawkins.

2016-2017 committee members

  • Chelsea Knodel, Director of Auxilliary Services, UW Bothell
  • James Carothers, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Amy Cizik, Research Scientist, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
  • Don Driscoll, Field Director, SEIU
  • Sarah Hall, Assistant Vice Provost for Planning & Budgeting
  • Diana Herrmann, Student Parent Resource Coordinator, Student Financial Aid/Child Care
  • Lynn Dietrich, Director, Early Childhood and Family Studies, College of Education
  • Judy Twedt, UAW Representative, gender equity and family friendly policy lead
  • Rob Lubin, Associate Director, Facilities & Capital Planning, Housing and Food Services
  • Ann Mescher, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Ilene Schwartz, Director, Haring Center for Applied Training and Research in Education
  • Randi Shapiro, Executive Director, NCQTL, College of Education
  • Mindy Stern, Director of Resident & Fellow Wellness
  • John Carroll, President, UW Professional Staff Organization
  • Mike Warren, Assistant Director of Facilities and Engineering, HMC
  • Joyce Yen, Program/Research Manager, UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change
  • Adam Warner, SR FELLOW, Genome Sciences
  • Elizabeth Oestreich, Graduate, Public Health Genetics
  • D.C. Grant, Lecturer, Information Technology, UW Tacoma
  • Ione Fine, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • ASUW Representatives, GPSS Representatives, SAF Committee members