NOTE: This program has been temporarily suspended while we explore better ways for serve our graduate parents. Please contact us at the email below with questions.

The Sitters for Service program utilizes undergraduate and graduate students to provide free babysitting for student parents.  Students volunteer their time to babysit for free in exchange for the earning of UA approved community service hours.  Involvement in this program provides much-needed assistance to students on campus who have children and enables other students the opportunity to serve the UA community.

Student parents interested in receiving free babysitting are required to fill out an application at the beginning of either the fall or spring semester each year. The number of student parents accepted into the program is dependent upon the number of student sitter volunteers participating in the program.

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in serving as a volunteer student sitter go through an application and interview process and, if selected, are trained in infant and child CPR. Each student sitter agrees to provide at least 20 hours of free babysitting over the course of one semester, while each student parent in the program receives a minimum of 30 hours of free babysitting for that same semester. Additional hours can be requested. The Sitters for Service program is now a yearlong program, although both student parents and sitters can apply and enter the program in either the fall or spring semesters.

Contact us at gps@ua.edu.

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