MPSA offers Childcare Scholarships to help defray the cost of childcare for parents or guardians that are current members of MPSA, registered and attending the Conference, and who are staying at the Palmer House or Hilton Chicago. Childcare must be provided on site, using a bonded, insured childcare provider referred by the Conference Hotel (e.g. American Child Care Inc.). This service must be arranged by the parent or guardian. Per American Child Care, Inc., each childcare worker is required to pass a background check, reference check, and drug test. All ACC staff must be certified in infant and toddler CPR. The website recommends making childcare reservations at least two weeks in advance, childcare may not be available if you wait until later to make reservations.

The hourly rate in August 2018 posted for American Child Care, Inc. was $35 per hour, with a four-hour minimum (hourly rates are subject to change). The MPSA scholarship will pay about 80% of the cost of childcare, the parent portion would end up being $7 per hour, per child.  If a parent/guardian is concerned using this service, please contact our office with your concern(s). 

Reimbursement is made after the conference, when MPSA is provided with an itemized copy of the receipt the parent/guardian receives from the childcare service and the hours of service are within the guideline hours. MPSA will not pay any fees incurred for the parent or guardian canceling the service. The hours considered for reimbursement must only be during the times indicated below and must be listed on the itemized receipt:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019     4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday, April 4, 2019         9:15 am -  10:00 pm 
Friday, April 5, 2019               7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019          7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday, April 7, 2019             7:30 am  -  2:00 pm    

The application deadline is April 7, 2019.

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* 1. By selecting the checkbox and initialing, I have read and understand the reimbursement guidelines listed above.

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* 2. Enter your intials

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* 3. PARENT/GUARDIAN

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* 4. Child/Children

By completing this survey you have submitted an application for the Childcare Scholarship for the MPSA Annual Conference. If you apply prior to the Conference, you will be contacted via email, if you are a recipient of this scholarship.  If you apply during the Conference, we will notify you by end of business on April 8, 2019 of qualification,  with instructions on how to submit your itemized receipt for reimbursement. We no longer will be publishing online or in the program the recipients of the Childcare Scholarship program.  

If you require additional information, please contact Bonnie Van Deventer at deventer@mpsanet.org or 812-588-0588 Extension 1.

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