79th Annual Midwest Political Science Conference
Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10, 2022
Hybrid Format: Attend In-Person or Virtually

Learn more about the 79th Annual MPSA Conference.

Conference Childcare Award

MPSA offers Childcare Awards 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 American Child Care Inc, a bonded insured childcare provider referred by the conference hotel. This service must be arranged by the parent or guardian. 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.

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 hourly rate on August 2019 posted for  American Child Care, Inc. was $35 per hour, with a four-hour minimum.

The final childcare cost for an attendee would be $5 an hour, after the MPSA reimbursement. If a parent wants a second childcare provider, then the cost for the second provider to the parent would be $20 per hour after the MPSA reimbursement. If you have any questions or concerns about this service, please contact our office with your concerns (conf@mpsanet.org). We no longer publish online or in the program the recipients of the Childcare Scholarship program.

Award recipients will be emailed instructions on how to submit an itemized paid receipt for reimbursement. Reimbursement is made following the conference, after MPSA is provided with an itemized copy of the receipt that the parent/guardian receives from the childcare service. The receipt must show that 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 specific times indicated below and must be listed on the itemized receipt:

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022 4:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Thursday, April 7, 2022 9:00am – 10:00pm
  • Friday, April 8, 2022, 7:30am – 10:00pm
  • Saturday, April 9, 2022 7:30am – 10:00pm
  • Sunday, April 10, 2022 7:30am – 2:00pm

The application deadline is April 10, 2022, but you must reserve childcare at least two weeks in advance (prior to the conference). 

Applications for Conference Childcare Awards will be available closer to the event.

Additional Conference Fee Waivers and Scholarships

The MPSA also offers additional financial assistance opportunities for conference through Conference Registration Fee Waivers and Graduate Student Travel Scholarships.