Child care support

UK HealthCare is once again offering a subsidy to essential health care workers for school-age child care.

A subsidy of $20 per day (max $100 per week) has been approved from Nov. 9 through Feb. 28, 2021, for child care delivered at The Y Academy. This is an $800 benefit per child for eight weeks of care.

Employees can enroll their school-age child at The Y Academy at UK at the following rates:  Full-time: 3-5 days per week: $75/week/child
Part-time: 2 days per week: $40/week/child

To register your child for two days a weeksign up here and use promo code UK2Days.

To register your child for five days per weeksign up here and use promo code UKWeekly.

The YMCA will provide a tuition credit for families currently enrolled.

Learn more about The Y Academy at UK and their health and safety protocols. Watch this video to learn how safety protocols are implemented and view the facility. 

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. Please email the business office at or  to discuss part-time options.

The YMCA continues to run licensed full day child care 6:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon. -Fri., on campus during the pandemic.  With school systems in virtual learning, the Y Academy at UK offers a fun, safe and supportive environment to assist students in their academic needs while also providing enrichment activities during non-academic periods.

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 webpage.

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.

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 child care 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 webpage 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 child care centers information is also available from the Lexington-Fayette County health department.