Child care support

With several school districts still conducting virtual learning, we know child care remains a concern, so we want to provide resources to help.

While we continue to encourage supervisors to adjust work schedules and offer remote work when possible, we know you may need additional support to continue to work and manage your child care responsibilities.

The Y Academy at UK is open during Fayette County Fall Break, Thursday, Oct. 1 and Friday, Oct. 2.


The Y Academy at UK is open to all university and UK HealthCare employees (including affiliated entities and Kentucky Medical Services Foundation).

Located at the corner of Nicholasville Road and Alumni Drive, the Y Academy at UK offers full-day licensed care for school-aged children Monday through Friday, 6:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. Click here to register online.

 As requested, part-time care is available, if needed. Please email the business office at or  to discuss part-time options.

The Y Academy gathers information on student schedules and counselors are available to support student needs, including NTI/2DL. For more program information, please contact Kathryn Cook at

BELLXcel learning loss prevention program is also available for those who are interested. For more information on BELLXcel, please contact Sharonda Steele at

Each child should bring a laptop/chromebook, computer charger, headphones/ear buds, school supplies, face mask, and a non-refrigerated, nut-free lunch.

CCAP is accepted (payment is required until verification received). Financial assistance is provided for those who qualify (payment is required until verification received). For more information, please visit the YMCA of Central Kentucky Financial Assistance web page.

For questions about the facility or program, email Tanya Edwards.

Day care for infants, toddlers and preschool children

Child Development Center of the Bluegrass is located on Alumni Drive, across from Kroger Field (UK football stadium).  Call 859-218-2322 for current availability and scholarship opportunities.

All About Kids offers childcare for ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Kindred offers childcare options including full-time, part-time and temporary nannies or as needed sitters.

Lotsa Helping Hands can help with coordinating care among households. Several employees who have found success with shared child care networks in their neighborhoods or seeking help of family and friends to provide in-home care.

Big Blue Family Care has been and remains a great resource to find a UK student who can help with child care or tutoring. You can request a student for just your household or join with other families and find a student who can support your collective child care needs.

Additional school-age and child care information is available on the HR Resources for Parents web page and the UK Working Parents Facebook page. If you have questions about the resources, email Azetta Beatty, HR Work-Life manager.

Changing your flexible spending account

If you have a dependent care flexible spending account to pay for child care, you can stop, start or change your current contributions to that account to accommodate your needs. This flexibility is available through December 31, 2020.

If you would like to stop your dependent care FSA contributions, you can update your allocation amount in myUK or fill out our form and allocate $0 for your dependent care FSA.

Additional Resources

COVID-19 and childcare centers information is also available from the Lexington-Fayette County health department.