Is there any financial aid available to help pay for child care?

Some of the child care centers are able to make a limited amount of internally generated financial aid available each year. Consult individual centers for more information. Some of the programs also have spaces supported by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care for income-eligible families. Please consult with individual programs to see what these options are.

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What are my chances of getting a place at one of the on-campus child care centers?

The child-care centers are very popular and receive many applications. Certain classrooms may fill up quickly. Even if you are applying “late,” however, don't assume that they are full and that it’s not worth applying. This is a very mobile population and things can change quickly. The Office of Work/Life encourages families to apply to a center they might be interested in, while also educating yourself about other options.

What are the differences among the on-campus child care centers?

Each of the child-care centers was founded under different circumstances at different times. Their physical spaces, population served, geographic location and original charters have contributed to shaping the organizations. There are some obvious differences: For example while they are all parent-governed programs, two centers are co-operatives, meaning parents are required to contribute to daily operation of the center, and the other four are not. One center serves hot lunch. Each center has a slightly different schedule and calendar. Their buildings and outdoor spaces vary.

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How do I apply for a place at an on-campus child care center?

You may apply to one or more child care centers using the online application system. The link is available from any one of the centers’ enrollment or application pages (you can find the centers' website links on this information sheet). Please note that this online application has been designed as a convenience for families. Data entered into this application sits on a secure Harvard server, but child care centers make all enrollment decisions.

How do the on-campus child care centers decide who gets a space?

Each center offers spaces to current families first, giving returning children and siblings priority because all believe in the importance of continuity of care for families. Preference is then given to Harvard faculty, staff and students, and other affiliates according to a tier system. Benefits-eligible faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows on a regular Harvard payroll and active degree students are generally considered Tier 1; If you have a Harvard ID but get paid by someone other than Harvard University, you are likely to be considered Tier 2.

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How often is the ASPIRE system updated?

Jobs are added and removed every day, throughout the day. Job listings remain on ASPIRE until the position is filled or the requisition is closed. If you can view a job listing, the hiring department is still accepting applicants. When searching for jobs, sort by the Date Updated field to find the most recently posted positions.

How can I learn the status of my (employment) candidacy?

Recruiters and hiring managers are constantly reviewing resumes. If your background and experiences are a strong match for the position(s) to which you are applying, the hiring manager or human resources manager will contact you for a phone or in-person interview. Please understand that the resume review process takes time due to the high volume of resumes that we receive.

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