[Parentsgroup-list] outside the box

Ann Ishimaru Ann_Ishimaru at gse.harvard.edu
Wed Jul 11 12:23:32 EDT 2007


I'd second that - this summer, we are sharing a babysitter that we found 
through this listserv with another Harvard family we connected with via 
the childcare discussion board (that was connected to the Office of 
Work/Family Resources - someone said it might not be there anymore?).

I also had success with calling the Graduate Student Assistance Program 
- they were running a pilot this year, and I don't know if it's still 
going or available to incoming students.  I think you might have to have 
your HUID and password, but you could also call:1-800-670-7194
https://harvardgrad.personaladvantage.com/

They generated a list of openings for us based on specifics like 
geography, type of childcare, and how much we needed - they don't do any 
screening, though, so we had to go through and call and visit them all.  
But it was really helpful as a starting place over some of the other 
resources online.

Good luck!
Ann
GSE




allison ohle wrote:
> In the event that you dont find a spot in a daycare center at this 
> late date, we had in-home care that we found by sending an email to 
> everyone we knew...we ended up with the wife of a colleague of mine at 
> the kennedy school and it was perfect.
>  
> your child is 3, so that may not be most desirable...but may be good 
> in the interim.
>  
> best of luck...
> allison
>
>  
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>       1. new parent needs help (Kara Swanson)
>       2. Re: Rini on moving to Cambridge (Susan McDonald)
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>     Message: 1
>     Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 09:42:50 -0400
>     From: Kara Swanson <kswanson at fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:kswanson at fas.harvard.edu>>
>     Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] new parent needs help
>     To: rinikaushik at yahoo.com <mailto:rinikaushik at yahoo.com>,
>     parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
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>     Dear Rini,
>
>     Having moved to the greater Boston area several times with young
>     children, I ALWAYS find daycare first, then housing.  (In fact,
>     having
>     moved 4 times in my oldest daughter's first five years, I ended up
>     applying for daycare at the slightest hint that we might be moving
>     somewhere -- I left application fees on the table in several cities we
>     never moved to, but I ended up getting a pick of good places when
>     we did
>     move -- I recommend this strategy for transient grad student parents!)
>     Daycare/preschool is usually trickier, because as you are finding out,
>     most preschools fill up in the spring.  As Sebastian suggested,
>     you can
>     get a list of preschools and licensed family day cares from Harvard.
>     Once you have a preschool spot, then try a rental agent for speedy
>     help
>     in finding housing.  I always had to pay a fee, but the rental market
>     has softened now, and landlords may be willing to split the agent fee
>     with you, or even cover it.  (That said, finding housing with an
>     under 5
>     child is always challenging in Mass, because of the lead-free law that
>     restricts the number of units available to families).  Harvard can
>     also
>     give you a list of rental agents.
>
>     I advise trying family-friendly and cheaper (!) options outside
>     Cambridge, that have good transport to campus -- Watertown, Newton,
>     Belmont, Arlington.  Of those, Watertown probably has the best bus
>     connection to Harvard Square, and I believe that someone posted to
>     this
>     list last month that Russell preschool still had spots
>     (http://russellpreschool.org/factsheet.html).  I have had many friends
>     who were very happy with that preschool.  On my first move to
>     Cambridge
>     with a 1 year old, I ended up in Newton, sending my daughter to a
>     Montessori school in Newton Center.  If you do win the lottery (!) and
>     find a spot in Harvard daycare (which can be easier with a 3 year old
>     than with an infant or toddler), many locations in Somerville are
>     walkable both to the daycares and to campus.  If you find any
>     place with
>     an opening, email the list and I'll bet you find someone who has some
>     knowledge about it to share with you.
>
>     In Cambridge itself, if you haven't already -- try all the
>     cooperatives
>     -- they are cheaper, and tend to fill up a bit slower.  Also,
>     check the
>     MIT daycare centers.  At times, they have spots for preschoolers that
>     aren't filled by MIT affiliates.
>
>     And if you end up somewhere you need to drive in a pinch, you may be
>     reassured to know that it only snowed once last winter!
>
>     Good luck,
>
>     Kara
>
>     **********************************
>     Kara W. Swanson, B.S., M.A., J.D.
>     Ph.D. Candidate
>     History of Science
>     Harvard University
>     Science Center 371
>     Cambridge, MA 02138
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>     Message: 2
>     Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 07:00:39 -0700
>     From: "Susan McDonald" < susan_mcdonald at ksg07.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:susan_mcdonald at ksg07.harvard.edu>>
>     Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] Re: Rini on moving to Cambridge
>     To: parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
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>     On 7/11/07, Susan McDonald <mcdonaldsu at gmail.com
>     <mailto:mcdonaldsu at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     >
>     > Dear Rini,
>     > I moved to Cambridge for graduate school last summer as the
>     single mother
>     > of an 18-month-old with many of the same criteria that you have.
>     My advice
>     > is to look at family home daycares as they are more likely to
>     have full-t=
>     ime
>     > openings soon. Nursery schools not affiliated with Harvard are
>     also a good
>     > bet. The waiting list for the Harvard centers was simply too
>     long for me,
>     > although it is worth your checking with them because your child
>     is older
>     > than mine. (There are more openings for children older than 2yr
>     9 months,
>     > the state cut-off age for nursery school).
>     >
>     > To find a listing of different types of daycare in Cambridge,
>     you can do
>     > your own online search at Childcare Resource Center at
>     > http://www.ccrcinc.org/   or contact the Harvard Medical School
>     Office of
>     > Work and Family ( http://www.hms.harvard.edu/hr/owf.html).
>     Although I am
>     > not affiliated with the medical school, they gave me a listing
>     of differe=
>     nt
>     > daycare options within my zip code and then I spent a few weeks
>     calling,
>     > screening, and visiting places until I found one that had a
>     space that I
>     > liked.
>     >
>     > In terms of apartments near daycare, it may be too late to get into
>     > Peabody (but still worth checking). Botanic Gardens seems really
>     nice too,
>     > if you can get in, and may be closer to community daycares. Another
>     > possibility is to look for private housing via Craig's List or
>     the HRES
>     > community listings. West Cambridge/Huron Village has a lot of 2
>     bedroom
>     > apartments in houses and several nursery schools and family
>     daycares. This
>     > is a 15-20 minute walk from school, not a cheap neighborhood but
>     convenie=
>     nt
>     > with parks, playgrounds, etc.
>     >
>     > Another option is North Cambridge. My classmate Betsy Boyle owns a
>     > two-family house and has a 2BR apartment available for rent near
>     the Alew=
>     ife
>     > T stop, two stops north of Harvard Square, a 30 minute walk to
>     campus. You
>     > can reach her at betsy_boyle at ksg07.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:betsy_boyle at ksg07.harvard.edu>. Nearby is the North
>     > Cambridge Children's Center at Walden Square Road at 617-876-0503.
>     >
>     > Good luck!
>     > Susan
>     >
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>     > > Today's Topics:
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>     > >    1. Dependent Care Fund  (Deborah Freedman Woods)
>     > >    2. new student needs help! ( wenc at fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:wenc at fas.harvard.edu>)
>     > >    3. RE: new student needs help! (Sebastian James)
>     > >    4. Re: new student needs help! (Miriam Shakow)
>     > >    5. dependent care fund maybe limited
>     to      faculty/post-docs next
>     > >       year (Irene Newton)
>     > >    6. Re: dependent care fund maybe limited to  faculty/post-docs
>     > >       next year (wenc at fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:wenc at fas.harvard.edu>)
>     > >    7. Re: new student needs help! ( wenc at fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:wenc at fas.harvard.edu>)
>     > >
>     > >
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>     > > Message: 1
>     > > Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 12:49:48 -0400 (EDT)
>     > > From: Deborah Freedman Woods < dwoods at cfa.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:dwoods at cfa.harvard.edu>>
>     > > Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] Dependent Care Fund
>     > > To: "Deborah F. Woods" < dwoods at cfa.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:dwoods at cfa.harvard.edu> >
>     > > Cc: parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
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>     > > Message-ID: <
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>     > >
>     > > I'm not sure if this has been posted before, but anyone who
>     > > has to travel should look into this new Harvard program to
>     > > help with travel-related child care expenses.  The program,
>     > > which just started last year, is mainly geared toward
>     > > assistant profs but is also open to grad students.  I put
>     > > in an application last week and it was approved within 3
>     > > days, despite my missing the June 1st deadline.  The
>     > > administrator, Fiona Chin, was very helpful in moving my
>     > > application along.  The website is:
>     > > http://www.faculty.harvard.edu/05/0541.html
>     > >
>     > > Here's a short description of the program.
>     > >
>     > > Dependent Care Fund
>     > >
>     > > The Dependent Care Fund for Short-term Professional Travel
>     > > (DCF) is intended to provide financial assistance to
>     > > scholars who would like to travel for a professional event
>     > > that will advance their academic careers, and who also have
>     > > child care or adult dependent care obligations. DCF grants
>     > > are awarded to defray the incremental costs due to added
>     > > care giving needs incurred as a result of traveling for
>     > > career purposes. Such costs may include those associated
>     > > with transporting a dependent and/or a caregiver to a
>     > > conference location or research site, extra dependent care
>     > > at home while the recipient is traveling, or on-site care at
>     > > a meeting.
>     > >
>     > > For example: An assistant professor has children who
>     > > ordinarily attend day-care. The assistant professor plans to
>     > > attend a 2-day conference in Chicago in order to present the
>     > > results of his research. Because the conference requires
>     > > overnight travel, the assistant professor must bring his
>     > > children with him. Conference organizers have arranged for
>     > > on-site day-care while scholars make their presentations.
>     > >
>     > > In this case, the assistant professor could apply to the
>     > > Dependent Care Fund to cover the airfare for his children as
>     > > well as the cost of the on-site day-care at the conference.
>     > >
>     > > Another example: The situation is the same, except that the
>     > > children are ordinarily cared for by a live-out nanny who
>     > > comes to their home in Somerville. The conference organizers
>     > > have not made arrangements for on-site care, so the
>     > > assistant professor plans to bring along the nanny to take
>     > > care of his children while he attends the conference. The
>     > > daily cost for the nanny ordinarily amounts to approximately
>     > > $200/day, but given that the conference requires care away
>     > > from home, the cost for the nanny may increase to $250/day.
>     > > The assistant professor could apply to the DCF to cover the
>     > > airfare for his children and the nanny, and he could also
>     > > request funds for the extra $50/day for the nanny to provide
>     > > off-site care.
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > ------------------------------
>     > >
>     > > Message: 2
>     > > Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 14:32:04 -0400
>     > > From: wenc at fas.harvard.edu <mailto:wenc at fas.harvard.edu>
>     > > Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] new student needs help!
>     > > To: parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > Message-ID: < 1184092324.4693d0a437cbb at webmail.fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:1184092324.4693d0a437cbb at webmail.fas.harvard.edu>>
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>     > >
>     > > 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
>     <mailto: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
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > ------------------------------
>     > >
>     > > Message: 3
>     > > Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 16:07:11 -0400
>     > > From: "Sebastian James" <sebastian_james at ksg.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:sebastian_james at ksg.harvard.edu> >
>     > > Subject: RE: [Parentsgroup-list] new student needs help!
>     > > To: <wenc at fas.harvard.edu <mailto:wenc at fas.harvard.edu>>,    
>     < parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > >
>     > > Message-ID: <004f01c7c32d$e9ecbfa0$6400a8c0 at Sebastianlaptop>
>     > > Content-Type: text/plain;       charset=3D"us-ascii"
>     > >
>     > > 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.
>     > >
>     > > _________________________________________________
>     > > Sebastian S. James
>     > > Phd. Candidate in Public Policy
>     > > Harvard University
>     > > Ph: 617-384-0140(R), 617-230-9596(M)
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > -----Original Message-----
>     > > From: parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > [mailto:parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu> ] On
>     Behalf Of
>     > > wenc at fas.harvard.edu <mailto:wenc at fas.harvard.edu>
>     > > Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 2:32 PM
>     > > To: parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > 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
>     <mailto: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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>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > ------------------------------
>     > >
>     > > Message: 4
>     > > Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 00:01:30 -0400
>     > > From: Miriam Shakow <shakow at fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:shakow at fas.harvard.edu>>
>     > > Subject: Re: [Parentsgroup-list] new student needs help!
>     > > Cc: parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
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>     > >
>     > > 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,
>     > > Miriam
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > 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.
>     > > >
>     > > > _________________________________________________
>     > > > Sebastian S. James
>     > > > Phd. Candidate in Public Policy
>     > > > Harvard University
>     > > > Ph: 617-384-0140(R), 617-230-9596(M)
>     > > >
>     > > >
>     > > > -----Original Message-----
>     > > > From: parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > > [mailto:parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>] On Behalf Of
>     > > > wenc at fas.harvard.edu <mailto:wenc at fas.harvard.edu>
>     > > > Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 2:32 PM
>     > > > To: parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > > 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
>     <mailto: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
>     > > >
>     > > >
>     > > > _______________________________________________
>     > > > Parentsgroup-list mailing list
>     > > > Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > > http://lists.hcs.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/parentsgroup-list
>     > > >
>     > > >
>     > > > _______________________________________________
>     > > > Parentsgroup-list mailing list
>     > > > Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > > http://lists.hcs.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/parentsgroup-list
>     > > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > ------------------------------
>     > >
>     > > Message: 5
>     > > Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 08:51:44 -0400
>     > > From: "Irene Newton" <irene.newton at gmail.com
>     <mailto:irene.newton at gmail.com>>
>     > > Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] dependent care fund maybe limited to
>     > >         faculty/post-docs next year
>     > > To: parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > Message-ID:
>     > >         <
>     1252ab5f0707110551u5c2eb0abw847a493d593ba489 at mail.gmail.com
>     <mailto:1252ab5f0707110551u5c2eb0abw847a493d593ba489 at mail.gmail.com>>
>     > > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3DISO-8859-1; format=3Dflowed
>     > >
>     > > hi all,
>     > >
>     > > In case you were counting on the dependent care fund for
>     travel with
>     > > your baby, you should know that they might limit it to just
>     tenured
>     > > faculty and post-docs (see email from Fiona Chin below).
>     > >
>     > > Why are graduate students always screwed over?
>     > >
>     > > -Irene
>     > >
>     > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>     > > From: Chin, Fiona <fiona_chin at harvard.edu
>     <mailto:fiona_chin at harvard.edu>>
>     > > Date: Jul 11, 2007 8:41 AM
>     > > Subject: Dependent Care Fund
>     > > To: "Newton, Irene" < garcia at fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:garcia at fas.harvard.edu>>
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > Dear Irene,
>     > >
>     > > I received your Dependent Care Fund application, and I wanted
>     to let
>     > > you know that the next review period isn't scheduled until
>     September.
>     > > Also, as this was the program's first pilot year, the Review
>     Committee
>     > > is currently assessing refinements to the program before next
>     year,
>     > > including the possibility of limiting the eligibility to
>     tenure-track
>     > > faculty and postdoctoral fellows.
>     > >
>     > > The program is still in its experimental, pilot phase (through
>     AY09),
>     > > and we are doing our best to structure a successful program
>     and gather
>     > > data at this point.
>     > >
>     > > I will certainly be back in touch regarding the Committee's final
>     > > decision regarding program eligibility for this academic year.
>     > >
>     > > Regards,
>     > > Fiona
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > Fiona C. Chin
>     > > Manager of Administration, Communications, and Special Projects
>     > > Harvard University, Office of the Senior Vice Provost
>     > >
>     > > p.  617-495-5390
>     > > o.  Holyoke Center 876
>     > > e.  fiona_chin at harvard.edu <mailto:fiona_chin at harvard.edu>
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > ------------------------------
>     > >
>     > > Message: 6
>     > > Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 09:19:23 -0400
>     > > From: wenc at fas.harvard.edu <mailto:wenc at fas.harvard.edu>
>     > > Subject: Re: [Parentsgroup-list] dependent care fund maybe
>     limited to
>     > >         faculty/post-docs next year
>     > > To: Irene Newton <irene.newton at gmail.com
>     <mailto:irene.newton at gmail.com> >
>     > > Cc: parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > Message-ID: < 1184159963.4694d8db164c7 at webmail.fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:1184159963.4694d8db164c7 at webmail.fas.harvard.edu> >
>     > > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3DISO-8859-1
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > Since they are still "gathering data," it would probably be a
>     good idea
>     > > for us
>     > > to tell them how many of us would be applying for this funding.
>     > >
>     > > Let me figure out an easy way to do this and I'll get back to
>     you.  I
>     > > know I
>     > > have personally skipped conferences because of having no child
>     care, so
>     > > it is
>     > > indeed an important issue.
>     > >
>     > > --Christine
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > Quoting Irene Newton <irene.newton at gmail.com
>     <mailto:irene.newton at gmail.com>>:
>     > >
>     > > > hi all,
>     > > >
>     > > > In case you were counting on the dependent care fund for
>     travel with
>     > > > your baby, you should know that they might limit it to just
>     tenured
>     > > > faculty and post-docs (see email from Fiona Chin below).
>     > > >
>     > > > Why are graduate students always screwed over?
>     > > >
>     > > > -Irene
>     > > >
>     > > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>     > > > From: Chin, Fiona < fiona_chin at harvard.edu
>     <mailto:fiona_chin at harvard.edu>>
>     > > > Date: Jul 11, 2007 8:41 AM
>     > > > Subject: Dependent Care Fund
>     > > > To: "Newton, Irene" < garcia at fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:garcia at fas.harvard.edu>>
>     > > >
>     > > >
>     > > >
>     > > >
>     > > > Dear Irene,
>     > > >
>     > > > I received your Dependent Care Fund application, and I
>     wanted to let
>     > > > you know that the next review period isn't scheduled until
>     September.
>     > > > Also, as this was the program's first pilot year, the Review
>     Committee
>     > > > is currently assessing refinements to the program before
>     next year,
>     > > > including the possibility of limiting the eligibility to
>     tenure-track
>     > > > faculty and postdoctoral fellows.
>     > > >
>     > > > The program is still in its experimental, pilot phase
>     (through AY09),
>     > > > and we are doing our best to structure a successful program
>     and gather
>     > > > data at this point.
>     > > >
>     > > > I will certainly be back in touch regarding the Committee's
>     final
>     > > > decision regarding program eligibility for this academic year.
>     > > >
>     > > > Regards,
>     > > > Fiona
>     > > >
>     > > >
>     > > > Fiona C. Chin
>     > > > Manager of Administration, Communications, and Special Projects
>     > > > Harvard University, Office of the Senior Vice Provost
>     > > >
>     > > > p.  617-495-5390
>     > > > o.  Holyoke Center 876
>     > > > e.   fiona_chin at harvard.edu <mailto:fiona_chin at harvard.edu>
>     > > > _______________________________________________
>     > > > Parentsgroup-list mailing list
>     > > > Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > > http://lists.hcs.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/parentsgroup-list
>     > > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > ------------------------------
>     > >
>     > > Message: 7
>     > > Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 09:27:27 -0400
>     > > From: wenc at fas.harvard.edu <mailto:wenc at fas.harvard.edu>
>     > > Subject: Re: [Parentsgroup-list] new student needs help!
>     > > To: Miriam Shakow < shakow at fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:shakow at fas.harvard.edu>>
>     > > Cc: parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > Message-ID: < 1184160447.4694dabf1c2bd at webmail.fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:1184160447.4694dabf1c2bd at webmail.fas.harvard.edu>>
>     > > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3DISO-8859-1
>     > >
>     > > It's always sort of a crap shoot, but you can also try the central
>     > > numbers for
>     > > Mass Child Care Services, etc.  Harvard has them listed at:
>     > >
>     > >
>     http://www.employment.harvard.edu/benefits/worklife/childcare.shtml
>     > >
>     > > BTW, I have been searching for the childcare resources web
>     site that was
>     > > set up
>     > > by the Work/Life Office a while ago--it seems to have disappeared.
>     > >
>     > > (Please note that the Work/Life Office serves employees of
>     Harvard, not
>     > > students--but you can still sometimes find useful information
>     there.)
>     > >
>     > > --Christine
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > > Quoting Miriam Shakow <shakow at fas.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:shakow at fas.harvard.edu>>:
>     > >
>     > > > 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,
>     > > > Miriam
>     > > >
>     > > >
>     > > >
>     > > >
>     > > >
>     > > > 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.
>     > > > >
>     > > > > _________________________________________________
>     > > > > Sebastian S. James
>     > > > > Phd. Candidate in Public Policy
>     > > > > Harvard University
>     > > > > Ph: 617-384-0140(R), 617-230-9596(M)
>     > > > >
>     > > > >
>     > > > > -----Original Message-----
>     > > > > From: parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > > > [mailto: parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>] On Behalf
>     > > Of
>     > > > > wenc at fas.harvard.edu <mailto:wenc at fas.harvard.edu>
>     > > > > Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 2:32 PM
>     > > > > To: parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > > > 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
>     <mailto: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
>     > > > >
>     > > > >
>     > > > > _______________________________________________
>     > > > > Parentsgroup-list mailing list
>     > > > > Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>     <mailto:Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
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>     http://lists.hcs.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/parentsgroup-list
>     <http://lists.hcs.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/parentsgroup-list>
>     > > > >
>     > > > >
>     > > > > _______________________________________________
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>     <mailto:Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
>     > > > >
>     http://lists.hcs.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/parentsgroup-list
>     > > > >
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>     > > >
>     > >
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>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
>     > >
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