Resources to help support HLC parents with children

Have you participated in the HLC course called Welcoming A Baby? Thinking About Adoption? New to Childcare (WAB)? Or are you looking for childcare resources available to Harvard paid, benefits eligible employees? If yes, this page contains the resources discussed in the course, as well as extra resources that are available to Harvard paid, benefits eligible employees. For more comprehensive information about the resources listed below as well as additional resources, please be sure to look at Harvard Longwood Campus Work/Life or Harvard University Work/Life.



If you haven’t attended a WAB course and are interested in doing so, please click here to find future dates and times, as well as the process to register in the Harvard Training Portal. Note: registration of this course through the HTP will result in it being listed as complete and viewable under training history. For the purpose of confidentiality, you may also register by emailing with your name, the course name and date you wish to attend.


HLC Welcoming A Baby? Thinking About Adoption? New to Childcare? presentation
Facilitator: HLC Program Specialist
Erin Ringuette

Harvard Longwood Campus Work/Life Website: Home and Family: Harvard provides faculty, staff, and post-docs comprehensive support for Work/Life needs. Faculty, staff and post-docs must be on a regular Harvard payroll and working more than half-time to be eligible for certain benefits. Please contact the HLC Work/Life Program Manager for more information. Details about the resources below can be found on webpage under or on Harvard’s intranet, The Work/Life Program Manager on Harvard’s Longwood Campus provides you with customized resources and support for personal or professional needs to make life’s transitions more manageable. You may request resources for yourself or those you work with or manage.
HLC Work/Life Program Manager
Susanna Katsman, Ed.M.



Planning your leave:  Please reach out to the Leave of Absence Specialist, Rodney Gabriel to discuss a plan for your maternity or paternity leave.
Leave of Absence Specialist:
Rodney Gabriel

Review the Harvard Longwood Campus Maternity Leave Eligibility Grid: This eligibility grid (based on position) is found on the HLC website under HR>Taking A Leave of Absence>Family Leaves>Maternity

Once the baby has arrived:
Harvard University benefits eligible employees should notify both offices listed below with the birth date of your child:
Harvard Benefits Office
Leave of Absence Specialist: Rodney Gabriel (see information above)


Longwood Medical Area
*Bright Horizons Family Center at Landmark
*Longwood Medical Area Child Care Center
Harvard Affiliated (Cambridge and Longwood)
Click on the link above to find information about looking for childcare in general and around the Cambridge area.
Family Childcare and Group Centers in your area
To get a list of licensed family day care providers and group child care centers in your community, as well as lists of licensed after-school programs. visit the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.


Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program:
Harvard’s EAP is a free, confidential referral and consultation service that can help with topics such as:

*Information and referral for child and elder care     
*Postpartum Mood Disorders
*Guardianship and Wills
*Legal and financial questions
Click here for a list of resources the EAP has to offer

Classifieds & Conversations: features Work/Life Conversations where you can ask a question, start a conversation on child care, schools, camps, elder care, pet care – and more! 

Adoption Resources

HLC Online Parents’ Forum

Postpartum Mood Disorders

Work/Life Educational Courses: The Harvard Longwood Campus offers free seminars on a variety of work/life topics. Most courses you can register for through the Harvard Training Portal unless specified otherwise.

Mothers’ Rooms: Mothers’ Rooms are comfortable spaces available to all Longwood area women to use for breastfeeding or expressing breast milk. Click the link to find information on locations, logistics, and support.

Back-Up Care: Click the link for more information about back-up care and details about the resources below
Care.Com: If you are a benefits-eligible Harvard employee, you have unlimited digital access to, a database of caregivers, including profiles, references, and background check options. You must pre-register for this service.
WATCH: This 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 HUID and PIN are required for login.
Harvard Community Child Care Bulletin Board: This online bulletin board allows you to exchange child care information with others in the Harvard community.
Harvard Student Employment Office: If you are not eligible to use the WATCH portal, you can search for babysitters using the Harvard Student Employment Office website. Under “Employers” in the right column, select the link to “Hiring for Household Help”.

Camps and School Vacation Options

The SOURCE (Subsidy for Occasional, Unplanned and Respite Care Expenses): The SOURCE (Subsidy for Occasional, Unplanned, and Respite Care Expenses) Program is a reimbursement program that helps income-eligible employees get to work when regular child or elder care is unavailable or falls through. This service reimburses you for the cost of back-up care provided by a friend, neighbor, relative, other in-home provider, or licensed child/elder care center.
Childcare Scholarships: Harvard offers child care scholarships, based on need, to eligible faculty, staff and postdocs that help defray the cost of child care. Scholarship awards vary from family to family and year to year, and payments are made on a reimbursement basis. Applications are accepted once per year and current recipients need to re-apply each year.
Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts: If you’re a benefits-eligible employee, you can set up a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account that allows you to set aside up to $5,000 each year on a pretax basis to pay for eligible child care expenses – saving you money in taxes while helping you pay costs.

Outings and Innings:  O&I, as you’ll often see us listed – is an internal Harvard University service for employees and some other Harvard affiliates that offers a fantastic selection of event tickets along with great shopping convenience, access to high-demand events, significant savings on many offerings, and no hefty transaction fees! You can think of O&I as your one-stop resource for tickets and discounts. With some advance planning, you can purchase many tickets at up to 50% savings. O&I also streamlines the process of purchasing tickets for group outings and reward & recognition with 33-digit billing code purchasing.