Just-in-Time Child Care Resources

Campus Coronavirus Updates

Visit the University of Iowa coronavirus website for the latest information about COVID-19 and the university’s response.

School closures, work-from-home directives, and other crisis measures mean child-care emergencies for many UI employees, especially those in critical health care and operations roles. Find child care resources, guidance, and opportunities to help here.

Child Care Referral Resources

Iowa Child Care Resources and Referral can provide consultation to help identify and select an alternative child care arrangement. Call or email to contact a parent referral specialist:

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) can help you find licensed child care and child development homes though its Child Care Families Provider Search:

Guidance from the Iowa Department of Human Resources is being updated regularly as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds to best ensure the safety and well-being of our children. Please check the COVID-19 DHS Resources website for the most up-to-date information and resources. DHS also provides information about the three types of licensed child care types, including training and licensing requirements. You also can find reports for all DHS-licensed child care providers

Summer Programs for School-Aged Children

Click here for Iowa Department of Human Services COVID-19 Childcare Summer Program Guidance. 

Click here for a current listing of Summer Programs for School-Aged Children (updated June 2020).

Temporary Care for Children of Critical UI Employees

The DHS licensed child care centers below have capacity to accommodate temporary care for UI critical employees, especially health care workers:

Melrose Daycare
701 Melrose Ave., Iowa City
Ages served: 2 years through school-aged

Purple Bloom School
2060 12th Ave., Coralville

Lionheart Early Learning (Iowa City & North Liberty Location)
2717 Northgate Drive, Iowa City & 740 Community Dr., North Liberty 
Ages served: 6 weeks-12 years

La Petite Academy (flexibility in hours and tuition)
1504 Mall Drive, Iowa City
Ages served: 6 weeks to 12 years

United Way also can provide volunteers to assist with critical child care needs during this time. Organizations and individuals that need volunteers should call 319-337-8657(VOLS) or email patti.fields@unitedwayjwc.org with their information.

Additional Back-Up or Occasional Child Care Resources

Flexibility for Parents Working from Home

The university recognizes that parents working from home also must care for their children and meet other responsibilities. Health and safety of families are the top priority.

We encourage employees to stay in touch with their supervisors when family care affects work duties. We encourage supervisors to stay flexible and patient.

Find more guidance for telecommuting and remote work.

Contact Information

Family Services

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 50
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States