Inside at the School of Human Ecology Preschool Lab child care facility, children in the 3 to 5-year-old

Inside at the School of Human Ecology Preschool Lab child care facility, children in the 3 to 5-year-old “Explorer” group learn through playing

Resources for Current Graduate Student Parents

Health Insurance

Learn about health insurance options for your family.  Graduate assistants, fellows, and trainees enrolled in State Group Health Insurance may add a child to their existing plan with this application.  More info on health insurance is available here.

Graduate students not eligible for State Group Health Insurance may purchase coverage for themselves and dependents through SHIP.

Financial Resources

Read an overview of financial assistance programs available to UW-Madison students.

UW-Madison Child Care Tuition Assistance Program (CCTAP) provides financial assistance to income eligible UW-Madison student parents for their child care expenses at a licensed or accredited child care provider in Wisconsin. The average CCTAP award covers 30-40% of child care costs per term. Both full and part-time graduate students are eligible to apply, and applications must be made each semester. The website provides an Online Eligibility/Award Calculator, which can help students determine eligibility. However, funds are available on a first-come first-served basis, so early application is encouraged.

All UW-Madison student parents are also eligible for the Kids Kare program, which provides back-up child care on an ad hoc hourly basis at two locations in Madison as well as a limited number of in-home mildly ill care hours through Maxim Healthcare Services. Students are eligible for a certain number of free and subsidized hours per semester – in 2012, students received 20 free hours of care, and 20 hours of care at $5/hour. CCTAP recipients can sign up via email; those not receiving CCTAP funding can submit a separate application for Kids Kare (available online).

Adult and Student Services Center hosts the Single Parent Scholarship Program.

Child Care

The Office of Child Care and Family Resources is your best place to find information about child care, financial assistance, resource library, listserv, lactation space, parent education, programming, and links to more campus and community resources. In addition to information about child care facilities across Madison, OCCFR maintains a Parent Support Listserv to keep students updated about parenting info, parent education sessions, support groups and parenting guidance. 

Additional online resources on finding a childcare provider:

Family-Friendly Campus Housing

Explore campus housing options.  Many students with families enjoy living in Eagle Heights and benefit from on-site Eagle’s Wing Child Care and Education Programs. University Apartments residents are given priority when applying to enroll their children in these programs.