Raising Families & Returning to UArizona: Exploring a Shifting Child Care Landscape (aka The UArizona Care Study)

Principal Investigator(s)

Michele Walsh, Madeleine deBlois, Kara Haberstock Tanoue, Victoria Ligon

Target Population(s)

The entire UArizona community (employees, students, DCCs)

Contact Information

Madeleine deBlois: mdeblois@arizona.edu or Kara Haberstock Tanoue: kalynq@arizona.edu

Project Summary, Description, or Purpose


The pandemic's effect on traditional school and child care arrangements can be enormously stressful for parents and caregivers and has the potential to widen pre-existing inequities in work, income, and well-being. The UA Care Study aims to estimate how many employees and students from UArizona campuses and offices across the state are raising children and document the burden and potential implications of these responsibilities on parents and caregivers during the pandemic.  We also plan to provide information and recommendations to UArizona leaders so that data-driven decisions can be made for supports and solutions that appeal to caregivers.


Please complete a 1-minute, voluntary survey to help us estimate the number of UArizona employees and students who are caregiving for children, elders, or others during the pandemic. All data from this survey is anonymous and will only be reported in aggregate for the purposes of research and proposing UArizona policy changes.   

We invite everyone to take the short intro survey available here: https://bit.ly/uarizona_care

*Please note that you will be prompted for your UA NetID. None of your NetID information is kept or recorded with your answers; this is just used to ensure that only UA affiliates take the survey.  

If you aren’t a caregiver – please still take this short survey!  It will help us get an accurate count, and it is an easy way for you to support your colleagues and students who are caregivers.  We hope to hear from everyone! 

If you are a parent or primary caregiver for a child – after the short survey, you will be invited to a longer survey to tell us about your experiences and stressors during the pandemic as well as supports you need from the University of Arizona. 

Please contact Madeleine deBlois (mdeblois@arizona.edu) or Kara Haberstock Tanoue (kalynq@email.arizona.edu) with any questions or concerns about the study. More information about the study can be found at https://cals.arizona.edu/fcs/cred/UAcare

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research. 



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