Hourly/Backup Care


Little Chicks non-traditional care provides hourly and/or back-up care located at 5003 University Ave (across parking lot from their traditional location at 601 N. Whitney Way). "Back-up" care includes, but is not limited to: attending class, work or meetings, attending a conference at UW or covering your child care needs when your regular provider is unavailable. The site also offers limited short-term contracted care while families seek their full-time caregivers.

Visit the Little Chicks website for more information

To check availability and reserve a space, call (608) 233-7373.

Chicken Soup previously provided care for mildly-ill children in a HEPA filtered classroom on University Ave. Due to several factors including a rise in the number of children who are not vaccinated, the rising costs of providing mildly-ill child care, and changes in the guidelines for caring for individuals with these illness, the Mildly Ill Center will not be reopening this fall. We apologize for any inconvevience this may cause.

However, the Office of Child Care and Family Resources has contracted with a new provider for mildly-ill child care. Maxim Healthcare Services will be providing in-home care for children that are too sick to attend their regular child care provider/school. Families must submit a Kids Kare application to check on their eligibility to use the Maxim services. Unfortunately, at this time, Maxim cannot take private pay families. Please check the Kids Kare page for more information.

Kids-Kare is a financial assistance program that provides a free or reduced rate to income eligible UW-Madison students, faculty and staff when using hourly/back-up or mildly ill child care.

For faculty and staff, the reduced rates and access to this type of service is due to the incredible support of the Women's Philanthropy Council who has supported both the facility by providing funds for site renovations; and the popular Kids Kare program that provides the reduced rate option. Current leaders of tihs group are Judy Jorgenson and Pam Ploetz. Letters of appreciation can be forwarded to our office and we will get them to these two alumni leaders.  https://www.supportuw.org/leadership-giving/womens-philanthropy/

Students have access to this program thanks to the ongoing support from the UW-Madison Student Service Finance Committee. Again, letters of support can be forwarded to our office or sent directly to the committee chair at ssfcchair@gmail.com.

Please see the Kids-Kare page for application and more information.

Departments whose employees have utilitzed Kids Kare in FY 2014:

Athletic Dept.
Biomedical Engineering
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Counseling Psychology
Department of Information Technology (DoIT)
Educations Psychology
GI Internal Medicine
Graduate School/Waisman Center
Physics and Astronomy
Radiation Oncology
School of Medicine and Public Health
School of Music
Science Research
Transplant Surgery
UW Medical School Faculty

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