School-Aged Children

EdNavigator - Help Navigating Schooling

With trying to balance life, work, and school we know this can be stressful for working parents. Harvard offers two educational resources that we hope will reduce at least some of the burden on Harvard staff and faculty. These are available from EdNavigator, a nonprofit organization specializing in supporting families' educational success. The resources aim to support parents in keeping children on the path to a great education even when there are bumps along the way.

Personal Education Advisors

EdNavigator connects busy families with personal education advisors ("Navigators"). Navigators include award-winning teachers, veteran school leaders, and other education professionals with experience across a wide range of grade levels, subjects, and schools. They support families of all backgrounds with students in all types of schools and can provide practical advice and support whether your child is excelling or struggling.

EdNavigator can assist with a broad range of educational issues, including:

  • Managing the challenges of coming back from remote and hybrid learning
  • Understanding your child's learning needs and progress in school, including students with IEPs
  • Ensuring your child is ready for college or a fulfilling career
  • Finding high-quality educational programming and resources outside of school
  • Trobleshooting education challenges

The Busy Family’s Guide to School

Kids don’t come with a manual. But wouldn’t it be nice if they did? The Busy Family’s Guide to School by EdNavigator is here to answer your questions about your child’s education journey—from grade school to graduation. When you check it out, be sure to sign up for emails using the registration code found on these flyers (in English and Spanish) so you can get personalized content for your family, early access to new resources, and invitations to subscribers-only webinars.

Even better, when you sign up to get emails, you’ll get a chance to win one of 10 North Face backpacks and a $100 back-to-school gift card! To enter, simply sign up by Friday, September 9, 2022.

Camp Kinda and CK Jr.

Many parents struggle with what to do with kids after school, on break or during the summer. EdNavigator has Camp Kinda and CK Jr. as an option. These exploratory learning experiences are designed to keep kids ages 3-13 engaged, curious, and having fun — virtually wherever they are. The archives are now open with 350+ hours of at-home adventures for your kids—including five all-new adventures and five "remixes" from Summer 2021, in case you missed them.

How to Get Started with EdNavigator.

These supports are available at no cost to all benefits-eligible Harvard University staff and faculty. (Available to affiliates and non-benefits-eligible employees for an annual or monthly fee.)

Here is how to get started:

  1. Register for The Busy Family’s Guide to School using the registration code found on these flyers (in English and Spanish).
  2. Be on the lookout for more information in mid-September about how to get started with a Navigator.

Questions? Questions about how these programs work? Contact Work/Life. Email support@ednavigator.com if you have any technical issues.

Public Schools

All cities and towns in Massachusetts must provide public education starting with kindergarten, and the age for admittance to kindergarten varies by community. You can find that information along with links to the websites for several of the public schools systems that are closest to Harvard's campuses by downloading this information sheet.

Some communities participate in the Massachusetts School Choice Program, which allows you to choose a school outside of your immediate school district.

For more information, contact your town’s public school system or the Massachusetts Department of Education at 800-297-0002 or doe.mass.edu.

Private and Religious Schools

Independent private schools determine their own mission and curriculum. Learn more at the Association of Independent Schools in New England.

Parochial and other religious schools provide some religious instruction in addition to a secular curriculum. You can access a list of the state’s private schools by religious affiliation at Private School Review.

After-school Programs

If you need child care after the school day ends, an after-school program may be a good solution. Available through schools, local community centers (such as the YMCA), child care centers, and licensed family child care homes, these programs often feature arts, crafts, games, and sports, as well as time to do homework.

The following resources can help with your search:

Summer Camps and School Vacation Programs

For information on summer camps and school-vacation programs, please visit this page.