[Parentsgroup-list] new student needs help!

Miriam Shakow shakow at fas.harvard.edu
Wed Jul 11 00:01:30 EDT 2007

Dear Rini,
The harvard daycare centers generally have a year-long waiting list. if 
you put your name down now on the lists of all of them, your son's name 
should come up within the next year. If you moved to Harvard Square now, 
you could try for a family daycare (several have been publicized on this 
list), combined with a babysitter a few days a week. Harvard Housing is 
mostly done by lottery the previous spring, but there may be some 
apartments still available on the Harvard Real Estate Services website.

Peabody Terrace, Harvard Yard, and Radcliffe daycares are within a 
ten-minute walk of Harvard Square. The botanical gardens is a little 
farther, but during the school year, there is a regular free shuttle 
between the botanical gardens and harvard square.

Another option is Bright Horizons, in Central square, which is a 
15-minute walk from Harvard Square. A friend of ours sent their 2 year 
old there. It sounded just adequate as a short-term thing, but better 
supplemented with hands-on attention from a babysitter.

There is also a "help find it" type service available to graduate 
students, but I don't know the name. I think you could call the GSAS 
dean to get some help with this.

Take care,

On 7/10/07 4:07 PM, Sebastian James wrote:
> Hi Rini
> Did you try Harvard Housing, especially Peabody Terrace because there is
> a pre-school within the apartment complex (PTCC)? Are the pre-school
> spots already taken, because they go very fast?
> If you are going to work backwards starting from the daycare, you could
> try Harvard Yard Daycare or Oxford Street Day Care Center and look for
> housing (Harvard Housing and private housing) in that area, Kirkland
> St., Divinity Ave, etc. though the Subway would be a good 15 minutes
> walk. But, there are good Bus Routes from that area too.
> Good luck on your search.
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> Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] new student needs help!
> This is from an incoming student.  Feel free to post any advice to the
> entire
> list so that everybody can benefit from the collective wisdom!
> --------
> from Rini Kaushik <rinikaushik at yahoo.com>
> I will be joining Harvard in Fall for a Ph.D. in Computer Science.  I am
> quite
> concerned right now
> and need some advice from fellow parents.
> Here's my situation;
> I have a 3 year old son.  My husband will not be moving to Boston with
> me and
> will be in Boston
> only on the weekends.  I will be single-parenting most of the time.  My
> mother
> (can't drive and
> not in a good shape) will stay with me.  I was hoping to find an
> apartment/condo
> close to my son's
> preschool so that my mother can drop/pick up my son on foot.  I also
> wanted the
> apartment/condo to
> be close to a public transportation route as I am not comfortable
> driving in the
> snow (coming from
> California).  However, I spent more than week in Boston last week and
> couldn't
> find anything that
> matches my criterion.  Most of the preschools are already full and the
> ones that
> are open are not
> close to apartments.
> How are you all managing?  Where do you stay and where do your kids go
> for day
> care?  I will
> really appreciate pointers and any out-of-the-box ideas.
> Thanks,
> Rini
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