Finding childcare can be challenging, but we have many supports in place to help alleviate some of the burden.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Did you know that you can use the EAP to source childcare? When you reach out to the EAP, you can speak to someone who can assist in your search for childcare. You can let them know your specific criteria (for example: location, center or home -based, etc.) and they will provide you with options that meet you need. The intent is for them to do the research so that it is less burdensome for you.
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.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 consider the safety and appropriateness of any child care provider or setting. Care.com offers a safety center which includes a menu of additional background checks that you can purchase to supplement information supplied by caregivers on the digital platform.
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.
Longwood Area Childcare
The Longwood Campus is also affiliated with two childcare centers – Bright Horizons Landmark and Longwood Medical Area Childcare Center. Both are open, operating under state guidelines for health and safety. As a Longwood Affiliate you have preferential access to childcare space and rates.
Cambridge Campus Based Centers
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 that can be found on HARVie.