Working during COVID-19

Help a UW family in need of urgent child care

During school and child care closures, one of the most critical and urgent problems we face is the lack of child care available to UW employees critical to providing care for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, researching cures and keeping our medical centers and University safely operating.

We welcome students and friends and family of UW employees to register to provide child care for UW employees in critical positions.

Here’s how the UW Child Care Connections program works:

  1. UW students willing to babysit for another UW family complete the online interest form with your contact information, availability, past experience caring for children, and what types of babysitting positions and locations you are interested in.
  2. UW Human Resources will use this information to connect you with a UW family that needs urgent child care.
  3. The family will contact you directly to discuss details (how many children they have, hours, location, pay, etc.) They will also likely ask you for personal or business references.
  4. If you and the family come to a babysitting agreement, they may request UWHR complete a criminal history background check on you. If so, we will send you a form that will need to be completed ASAP. The background check is run at no cost to you.
  5. While you may opt to volunteer your time if you are able, we have established guidelines around recommended pay rates based on the number of children you will be caring for during the day that you can discuss with the families you will support.
  6. We care about your health and the health of our community. If you are currently healthy and not regularly interacting with vulnerable populations (elderly, immunocompromised, pregnant women), we invite you to consider helping.

Here’s how the UW Emergency Baby & Kid Sitter Network program works:

  1. Family and friends of UW employees willing to babysit for another UW family complete the online interest form with their contact information, availability, past experience caring for children, and what types of babysitting positions and locations you are interested in.
  2. UW Human Resources will use this information to connect you with a UW family that needs urgent child care.
  3. The family will contact you directly to discuss details (how many children they have, hours, location, pay, etc.) They will also likely ask you for personal or business references.
  4. If you and the family come to a babysitting agreement, they may request UWHR complete a criminal history background check on you. If so, we will send you a form that will need to be completed ASAP. The background check is run at no cost to you.
  5. While you may opt to volunteer your time if you are able, we have established guidelines around recommended pay rates based on the number of children you will be caring for during the day that you can discuss with the families you will support.
  6. We care about your health and the health of our community. If you are currently healthy and not regularly interacting with vulnerable populations (elderly, immunocompromised, pregnant women), we invite you to consider helping.

  1. If you are a UW family with urgent child care needs, please complete this online interest form with your contact information and basic information about your child care needs. Due to high demand, UW employees who work in a position considered critical during the COVID-19 health emergency will be prioritized.
  2. UW Human Resources will use this information to send you a list of 2 or more caregivers from the Child Care Connections (program for UW students willing to provide child care) or the UW Emergency Baby & Kid Sitter Network (program for family and friends of UW employees willing to provide child care). You will receive an email from UWHR with the contact info of the potential babysitters along with any information that they have shared with us.
  3. You will contact the babysitter directly to discuss details (how many children you have, hours, location, pay, etc.). We encourage you to ask for and check references.
  4. If you agree to hire the babysitter and would like to run a criminal history background check, UWHR can facilitate that for you. The turnaround time is usually less than 48 hours.

After you complete this interest survey, UW Human Resources will use this information to match you with a UW family that needs urgent child care. The family will contact you directly to discuss details (how many children they have, hours, location, pay, etc.) They will also likely ask you for personal or business references.

Help share this message

UW employees: Help us by sharing the following email message with your friends:

Dear [family member/friend],

These extraordinary times call for extraordinary efforts. As University of Washington staff critical to providing care and researching cures for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are called upon to keep our medical centers and University safely operating, everyone else can help support them in these efforts. The best way you can help right now is consider joining the new UW Emergency Baby and Kid Sitter Network. This program is open to family and friends of UW employees who want to help with the COVID-19 response by providing baby and kid sitting services to UW employees who are critically needed at this time as we meet this challenge together.

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