[Parentsgroup-list] COOP funds

Douglas Knecht knechtdo at gse.harvard.edu
Thu Mar 16 15:22:40 EST 2006

Linda and Christine,
My name is Doug Knecht, father of 1 year old Max and doctoral student at the graduate school of 
education.  My wife and I would love to work with folks to put together a grad student childcare 
co-op.  I know there are at least 2-3 other HGSE doctoral students with kids whom I have talked to 
(very preliminarily) about getting something like this off the ground.  As Christine implied, 
there are many more of us across the schools.  Suffice it to say, the demand is definitely here if 
the supply is met.
When you get some time, please let me know how you think I can help (write or call).
Thanks for reaching out,
(617) 642-0980

On Thu, 16 Mar 2006 13:30:09 -0500 (EST)
  Christine Dianne Wenc <wenc at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Dear Linda,
> Thank you so much for your note. It's definitely safe to say there is a
> need!  I can't write much now (it's
> my own babysitting co-op day) but I have been in touch with someone with
> the library, and there may be space somewhere to have drop-in child care.
> If we were able to get some additional funding, we could possibly
> have the space and staff it as a grad student co-op.  There may be
> liability issues (in fact, I'm
> sure there are) to be worked out--but perhaps we could work together?
> more later, Christine
> On Thu, 16 Mar 2006, Linda Liang wrote:
>> Congratulations on the appointment as an official club!
>> I am writing to let you know that the COOP has a fair amount of grants
>> that are designated for public/community service projects around the
>> area.  In general, there is interest from the COOP community to help
>> support parents, but they said that they hadn't heard of any particular
>> ideas or programs that has really fit with the designation of the
>> funds.  Although, reviewing grants this past month, we discussed the
>> possibility of perhaps having the COOP fund a co-op type of child care
>> for the graduate students. While they can't provide money for
>> individuals for child care purposes, they seemed agreeable to the idea
>> of helping fund and set up a program that will benefit many graduate
>> students, if the need is there.  I was wondering what your thoughts were
>> on this as parents, and if there is a need and interest of some sort
>> along these lines.
>> Sincerely,
>> Linda Liang
>> Dudley Public Service Fellow
>> Christine Dianne Wenc wrote:
>> >Hi everybody,
>> >
>> >As of today, our application was approved by the deans and the GSC, and
>> >the GSAS Student-Parent Organization is an official GSAS
>> >group.  This means we can get funding from the GSC & elsewhere, organize colloquia
>> >and other academic events, keep having social events, and operate our
>> >advocacy work from a stronger position.  Thank you, everyone, for
>> >your support.
>> >
>> >best,
>> >Christine
>> >
>> >
>> >
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Douglas R. Knecht
Doctoral Student
Harvard Graduate School of Education

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