Caring for Children

We understand that finding reliable caregivers is important to working parents. That is why the University is committed to providing you with access to a wide array of child care options. Whether you are a new parent or new to Harvard, we encourage you to use the information here to explore your options and review our resources, which include:

  • Six on-campus child care centers;
  • Resources for finding group care or in-home care in your community;
  • Back-up care resources;
  • Information on schools and after-school programs;
  • Camps and school vacation programs;
  • New parent programs to help you transition to parenthood and back to work;
  • Ways to connect with other parents in the community.

To learn more about group child care, or how to find a nanny, a babysitter, or emergency child care, visit our Finding Child Care page.

If you are a prospective or current faculty member, you can also find more information about child care resources and other supports for work/life balance at the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity's website.

Due to strict state regulations that are designed to ensure both quality and safety, affordable child care can be in short supply in the greater Boston area, depending on the age of your child. Increase your odds for securing the type of child care that works best for your family by starting early and keeping your options open.

Only you know what child care arrangement will be right for your family. We encourage you to review these and other available resources and to carefully consider the safety and appropriateness of any child care provider or setting.