UArizona Care Project


Thank you for your interest! The data collection period for the survey is now closed. We will continue to update this page with products from the study. 


We wrote a brief for the Frances McClelland Institute on Children, Youth, and Families on "Caregiving changes for working families raising young children during the COVID-19 pandemic."  

We will be presenting at the Spring 2021 Turbeville Speaker Series on March 4 from 3:30-4:45 PM. For more information and to register, see:


The UArizona Care Project is one of nine projects funded by the University of Arizona Research Advancement Grant program as part of the 2020 Research Opportunities During UArizona’s Phased Approach to Restarting Research during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As parents and caregivers ourselves, the research team is acutely aware that a full return of employees and students to UArizona to work and study relies on having sufficient support from child care and K-12 schooling.  The absence of traditional school and child care arrangements for families can be enormously stressful for parents and caregivers and has the potential to widen pre-existing inequities in work, income, and well-being. Early evidence from the first five months of school and child care facility closures suggests that low-income families and women are disproportionately bearing the cost of the absence of pre-pandemic care arrangements.  A goal of this project is to report on the magnitude of caregiving responsibilities among all UA affiliates (i.e., how many employees and students from all UArizona campuses and offices across the state are raising children) and to document the burden and possible implications of these responsibilities on parents and caregivers during the pandemic.  We also aim to provide information to UArizona leaders so that data-driven decisions can be made around options and possible solutions that appeal to caregivers.

This study is led by a team of researchers in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, many of whom are members of the Community Research, Evaluation, & Development (CRED) team:

  • Michele Walsh, PhD, Associate Professor in Family Studies and Human Development, and the Arizona Cooperative Extension State Specialist in Evaluation 
  • Madeleine deBlois, ScD, Research Scientist
  • Kara Haberstock Tanoue, MA, Data Scientist
  • Victoria Ligon, MS, Assistant Professor of Practice


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is the survey for?  

A: In an effort to come up with a population estimate of the number of primary caregivers of children under age 18 who work or study at UArizona, we are asking ANYONE affiliated with UArizona, regardless of parenthood status, to complete the short screening survey.  From there, primary caregivers can continue to a longer survey about their experiences during the pandemic. 

Q: I'm not a caregiver, why should I take your survey?

A: If you can spare a minute to take our short survey, then we know definitively whether you're a caregiver or not.  This makes estimating the proportion of people in the UArizona community who are caregivers much easier.

What if my partner/spouse/co-parent is also at UArizona? Should we both take the survey?

A: Yes, please!  Everyone has a unique experience, and we want to hear from all parents/caregivers who are a UArizona employee or student, even members of the same household. 

Q: I'm concerned about being honest about this topic - what will these data be used for?

A: We acknowledge that many caregivers at UArizona do not feel secure in their jobs, at times as a result of their caregiver status.  All of the questions are optional, and we are not collecting names.  You have the option to provide contact information if you wish to participate in future phases of research, but this information will be stored separately from the survey data.  We also understand that sometimes demographic information makes people identifiable.  Although a version of the dataset will become publicly accessible, we will remove any fields that could be used to potentially identify individuals from the dataset.  We will avoid reporting data at levels that may be easily identifiable (e.g., Latinx faculty with newborns in the College of Science).  The information that you provide in the study will be handled confidentially.

Q: This survey is so interesting! I have ideas about follow-up questions! I have some ideas of funders who might want to support future work! Can I have access to the data? 

A: Let's talk! If you would like to connect with the research team, please email: There will eventually be a version of the data that is publicly accessible through the UArizona Research Data Repository. 

Q: This is so much to manage. Where can I get mental health support?

A:  A variety of support mechanisms, some through UArizona and some not, are available to parents or anyone needing additional support. These include: 

Employee Assistance Counseling. Available at no cost to all UArizona employees. This page also includes links to mental health telemedicine options for University of Arizona employees.

Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS). Available at low cost to UA students.

Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling. Available at no cost to anyone in Arizona by dialing 211 or 1-877-211-8661.

Crisis Text Line. Available at no cost to anyone by texting HOME to 741741.

Child Care & Parenting Consultations. Available at no cost to all UArizona Employees by emailing Lourdes Rodriguez ( or calling 520-621-2493. ​

There is also an informal group of employees and students concerned about caregiving issues at UArizona. They currently meet weekly.  Information is available here: or by emailing 


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