OCCFR Announces Employee Child Care Grants

The UW Office of Child Care and Family Resource (OCCFR) has provided child care grants for classified staff since 2003, and is happy to announce that the UW-Madison Employee Child Care Grant has been expanded to include faculty and academic staff families.

This private fund provides one-time financial support to permanent full time UW-Madison employees who need assistance for child care with the intention of supporting, retention, campus climate and emergency assistance. Priority is given to employees with lower incomes and higher child care expenses, especially those with infants, and/or in cases where discretionary one time funding will provide immediate assistance in dealing with an unexpected event that affects the family’s ability to cover child care costs. Recent national statistics cite infant care costs as typically higher than college tuition. According to Lynn Edlefson, OCCFR director, “high quality early education and care leads to the best possible physical, intellectual and social emotional development for the child and is an essential support for our parents to be successful in their work.” This grant fund helps connect quality care and affordability to benefit children and families.

Funding for the UW employee child care grants is made possible by the generous contributions from the UW Women‘s Philanthropy Council, WSEU and individual donations.

The Women ‘s Philanthropy Council, chaired by Nancy Borghesi, is also responsible for funding the popular Kids Kare Program, that provides reduced fees for sick and back-up care, a program that has been in existence since 2005 and has helped hundreds of campus families with short term child care solutions.

All permanent full time UW-Madison employees are encouraged to apply at any time throughout the year. Grants are awarded based on fund availability and family need. Typically 4-6 awards are granted each year with awards averaging $500.

To apply, download an application from the web site at
Please do not hesitate to direct questions to Connie Wilson, 890-2841 or at