Child care is critical to working parents, and Harvard understands that finding the right fit for your family means considering numerous factors. You are encouraged to review the options below to see which one may best meet your needs.
Allston and Cambridge
Six child care centers operate on Harvard’s Cambridge and Allston campuses. Each center has its own characteristics and culture, so families are encouraged to familiarize themselves with information provided below.
Learn more about the on-campus child care centers:
- Campus Child Care, Inc. is the independent, nonprofit operator of the child care centers on Harvard's campuses. To learn more about CCC, please visit their website.
- Application and Enrollment information: Read Work/Life's FAQs for information on the application and enrollment processes and the role of the Harvard affiliation. Read CCC's FAQs for complementary information on application and enrollment, and for detailed inforamtion on center policies.
- Application fees: Find answers to questions specifically about application fees
- Individual center information: Find contact information, rates, age groups, and schedules and hours. Read about individual centers. Read CCC's FAQs for information on child care center policies, and life in the centers.
- Online application: You can apply to all six centers via a single online application. We encourage you to read about individual centers before applying.
- Center locations: View the centers on a map.
- Visiting centers: Attend an open house or arrange for a tour. Open houses for 2020 are:
Open houses (alphabetically) are:
- Botanic Gardens Children's Center: March 14, 9am to noon
- Harvard Yard Child Care Center: March 7, 9:30am to noon
- Oxford Street Daycare Cooperative: March 7, 10am to 1pm
- Peabody Terrace Children's Center: March 14, 9am to noon
- Radcliffe Child Care Center: March 7, 10am to 1pm
- Soldiers Field Park Children's Center (at 114 Western Avenue): March 14, 9am to noon
Open houses by date:
- March 7: Harvard Yard from 9:30 to noon; Oxford Street and Radcliffe, each from 10am to 1pm
- March 14: Botanic Gardens, Peabody Terrace, Soldiers Field Park (at 114 Western), each from 9am to noon
Harvard Longwood Campus
Affiliates of Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and others on the Harvard Longwood Campus may have access to MASCO-managed Longwood Medical Area child care centers.
Off-Campus Group Child Care
High-quality, affordable child care is in high demand in the greater Boston area. The following resources are designed to make your search a little easier.
- If you are a benefits-eligible Harvard employee, you may use the free dependent-care resource and referral service available through Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program.
- Any member of the general public can get a list of licensed family day care providers and group child care centers in your community, visit the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
Several nonprofit agencies are members of the Massachusetts Child Care Resource and Referral Network and can help you find child care:
- Child Care Choices of Boston serves Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Somerville, Revere, and Winthrop.
- Child Care Circuit serves several towns near Harvard’s campuses including Arlington, Belmont, Medford, Newton, and Watertown, as well as many others.
- Community Care for Kids serves Braintree, Cohasset, Dedham, Hull, Milton, Needham, Quincy, Randolph, Wellesley, Weston, and Weymouth.
In-home Child Care/Babysitters
- WATCH (Web Access to Care at Harvard): The WATCH portal connects you with Harvard students who want to babysit. Harvard faculty, staff, and students can also sponsor their high school and college-age children as babysitters. Your Harvard Key is required for login.
Online search for caregivers through Care @ Work Digital Access: If you are a benefits-eligible Harvard employee, you have unlimited, free access to Care.com, a self-service online database of caregivers. Go here to learn about all of the services available through Care @ Work.
Note:You must register before you need it! To use any service provided by Care @ Work, Harvard faculty and staff must first complete and return a waiver. Once the Office of Work/Life receives this waiver, the employee's name is added to an automatic filed feed that goes to Care.com on a daily basis. Go here for more about what Care @ Work offers and detailed information on how to register.
Our longtime preferred vendor for nanny-placement services is winding up operations. While we consider new agencies and explore other options to support families who want to choose a nanny, please email us with specific questions.
However you choose a caregiver, nanny or babysitter, you may have payroll and tax responsibilities. Through the Care @ Work benefit, benefits-eligible employees have access to HomePay from Care.com. As with all Care.com services, you must first register. To use any service provided by Care @ Work, all Harvard faculty and staff must first complete and return a waiver. Once the Office of Work/Life receives this waiver, the employee's name is added to an automatic filed feed that goes to Care.com on a daily basis. Go here to learn more about services available through Care.com and for detailed instructions on how to register. Once you are pre-registered and have submitted the waiver, you will be directed to Harvard's Care @ Work portal to register once using your Harvard email address. From there, you will be able to learn more and sign up for HomePay services.