[Parentsgroup-list] Re: Fwd: Day care scholarships for graduate students (fwd)

Christine Dianne Wenc wenc at fas.harvard.edu
Thu Jun 15 21:24:46 EDT 2006

Biggest news here: Looks like scholarships will be around $5000, and they
may only be for full-time care.  This still means that full-time care will
cost you around $16,000+ for the 12-month contract.

Also see the info she provides on a national student parent organization
at the end.  I haven't looked at the site myself yet, but passing it along

And I just have to make another pitch for babysitting trades and child
care co-ops that we form among ourselves.  They really are a great thing
but it doesn't happen unless you make the effort, and I have yet to see
anybody advertising for one on this list yet :).


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 16:46:23 -0400
From: Nancy Costikyan <nancy_costikyan at harvard.edu>
To: Christine Dianne Wenc <wenc at fas.harvard.edu>
Subject: Re: Fwd: Day care scholarships for graduate students


I've tried to answer as best I can, in blue, below. Hope this is helpful~ N

At 03:15 PM 6/15/2006, you wrote:

>Dear Nancy,
>Thanks for this--I will forward it to the parents' group email list.
>There are about 100 grad students with kids on the list, so hopefully you
>will reach many of the people who are interested.  (We guess that there
>are at least 300 grad students with children at Harvard.)
>I have a few questions for you, which you may not be able to answer yet
>:)--but just to put on the table.
>1.  Will grad students be obligated to sign the 12-month contract with the
>centers?  Since most grad students don't need care in the summer, this is
>one reason why we don't use the centers.

ANSWER:  While this may not be
addressed in this particular program, we are looking at that issue
and hope to make some progess on it in the next year. We are also
planning on adding slots, and new slots might afford us an
opportunity to play around more with things like this. You have to
remember, though, that the existing centers are independently owned
and operated, so we can't just impose decisions on them. It is a
great partnership, though, and they are onboard with enthusiasm and creativity.
>2.  Will the scholarships favor full-time slots over part-time ones?
Again, many grad students do not need full-time care.

ANSWER: Good question. I'm inclined to say yes, because full time care is the most onerous
cost. Stay tuned.
>3.  Will the centers be sticking to their 9-5 schedules?  Again :)--this
>is another reason grad students don't use the centers--this doesn't fit
>the typical grad student schedule very well.

ANSWER: Again, we are trying to
find ways to address this, but probably separately.
>4.  Any idea how much the scholarships will be?  My guess is that they
>will have to be pretty substantial, like 50% or more, to make a big
>impact.  I know that's a lot of money, but it's the reality, alas.

ANSWER: Ok, bad news. We don't have enough in the fund to go that high.
More like $5,000. This is consistent with our child-care scholarships for
staff and faculty.
>We do appreciate all the work you've done with this! and we are very happy
>to see changes beginning to be made here.  We understand that there is a
>long road ahead so we are delighted that Harvard's finally started making
>some progress upon it.

ANSWER:  Thanks, Christine. It is a long, long road, full of practical and
philosophical bumps along the way. But we are on the road at last,
and I am thrilled to be making the journey.

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>Best wishes,
>Christine Wenc
>On Thu, 15 Jun 2006, Nancy Costikyan wrote:
> > Dear Miriam,
> >
> > I am the manager of the Office of Work/Life Resources, and am
> > responding to your email on behalf of Mary Ann O'Brien. First, let me
> > say that I am delighted that our good news has traveled as far as
> > Bolivia!  My office is being flooded with questions like yours, and
> > that is a very good problem to have, indeed.
> >
> > We are planning a program to assist students pursuing doctorates with
> > affording the high cost of child care in Cambridge. The funding is
> > designated for our six Harvard-affiliated child-care centers, with a
> > goal of increasing the enrollment of children of doctoral students in
> > these on-site, high quality programs. The link to the centers is:
> > http://employment.harvard.edu/benefits/worklife/centers.shtml . There
> > you will find information about the centers, including regular
> program costs.
> >
> > We are still working out the details on the delivery of these funds,
> > and you may be assured that you will be notified when we have
> > everything in place. We are working closely with GSAS on this, and
> > you can expect news either from my office, or from GSAS, or both!  We
> > hope to communicate the necessary details by September, if not sooner.
> >
> > Thanks for your interest. We are all looking forward to being able to
> > give greater support to doctoral students here at Harvard.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Nancy Costikyan
> >
> >
> > At 10:25 AM 6/15/2006, you wrote:
> >
> > >>X-Virus-Scanned: amavisd-new at harvard.edu
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>Dear Dr. O'Brien,
> > >>
> > >>I am a graduate student and was very pleased to hear from Christine
> > >>Wenc about
> > >>possible assistance for day care costs. Can you tell me where I can find
> > >>information about the program and how to apply?
> > >>
> > >>Thanks very much,
> > >>Miriam Shakow
> > >>GSAS - Social Anthropology
> > >>--
> > >>Miriam Shakow
> > >>Candidata de doctorado en antropologia
> > >>Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, EEUU
> > >>Investigadora Visitante, CERES
> > >>Cochabamba, Bolivia
> > >>Cel: 591-717-77018
> > >
> > >Mary Ann O'Brien
> > >Director of Communications
> > >Harvard Office of Human Resources
> > >telephone: 617/496-7437
> > >e-mail: maryann_o'brien at harvard.edu
> > >Employment at Harvard:  http://employment.harvard.edu/
> > >Harvard Intranet for Employees:  http://harvie.harvard.edu/
> > >Service Employees at Harvard:  http://serviceemployees.harvard.edu
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> > Nancy Costikyan, MSW, LICSW
> > Manager
> > Office of Work/Life Resources
> > Harvard University
> > 124 Mt. Auburn St., 3rd floor
> > Cambridge, MA  02138
> > Phone:  617.495.4351
> > Fax:      617.495.4124
> >
> >

Nancy Costikyan, MSW, LICSW
Office of Work/Life Resources
Harvard University
124 Mt. Auburn St., 3rd floor
Cambridge, MA  02138
Phone:  617.495.4351
Fax:      617.495.4124

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