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Kinda Guide: A New Resource for a Different Kind of School Year


With families trying to balance life, work, and school – all happening at home – we know this is an especially stressful time for most working parents. We’re pleased to share a new resource that we hope will reduce at least some of the burden on Harvard staff and faculty. It’s called The Kinda Guide. The Kinda Guide offers parents help for managing school – whether it is in-person, remote, or hybrid – and for many other aspects of parenting in a pandemic.


The Kinda Guide is an online guidebook designed to help working parents navigate family life and remote learning in the era of COVID-19. Developed by parents and education professionals at EdNavigator, a nonprofit organization that specializes in supporting families’ educational success, The Kinda Guide offers weekly, one-stop, ad-free guidance and information. Each week, subscribers to The Kinda Guide get:

  • Expert advice on making the most of remote learning
  • Parenting hacks and practical tips for making family life easier
  • Simple meal and snack ideas to keep things interesting (and delicious)
  • Answers to specific, personal questions provided by EdNavigator’s team of award-winning teachers, counselors, and other education pros
  • Nightly dinnertime questions to get everyone talking (without rolling their eyes)
  • Interactive on- and offline activities to keep kids exploring
  • At-home family adventures like virtual trips, Friday movie-night ideas, and more

Benefits-eligible Harvard employees can sign up for The Kinda Guide free of charge. Visit to create your account. Use your Harvard email address and enter the code HVD44 when prompted. While we recognize that it can’t solve every problem during these extraordinarily difficult times, we hope it helps lighten the load.

Questions? Please email

Information on Schools and After-School Programs

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

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

If you’re interested in options beyond your local public school system, you may wish to consider:

  • Private Schools: Independent private schools determine their own mission and curriculum. Learn more at the Association of Independent Schools in New England.
  • The Massachusetts School Choice Program: Available in some communities, this program allows you to choose a school outside of your immediate school district.
  • Religious Schools: 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: