[Parentsgroup-list] Doctoral Student Scholarship
spsuch at gmail.com
Wed Jan 21 13:04:58 EST 2009
Hi Debrah, et al,
This is certainly a very tough situation. Here are my thoughts based =
on my experience working with large (like Harvard) and small (like the =
daycare centers) organizations.
I fear that if pressure is put on the University to make a decision =
before they are ready and have decided the budget as a whole, the =
answer is more likely to be 'no'. 'No' is, when it comes to financial =
issues, the safer answer. What might be doable, however, is to find =
out the date by which this decision will be made. Could the Office of =
Work Life help to get an answer to this piece of the puzzle?
The organizations that do have flexibility are the daycare centers. =
I'm not currently enrolled in one but have applied to most of them for =
this September. They've told me that the earliest I might hear is the =
beginning of spring or maybe, even, late April or early May. I'm not =
sure what they do between January 23 and April 1, but maybe they could =
find some way to move their January 23 deadline for re-enrolling =
closer to April. I imagine they might start calling families, doing =
tours, etc, but, the likely truth of the matter is that the need is so =
great that they will fill their spots even if they wait.
If I were currently enrolled, I'd approach the director, explain the =
situation and see if you (or anyone to whom this applies) might get an =
extension on the re-enrollment deadline.
I hesitate to send out an email with advice that doesn't pertain to me =
(though, fingers crossed on both the enrollment and scholarship =
fronts, it might next year!), but here it is, for what it's worth...
On Jan 21, 2009, at 12:27 PM, Debrah Rud wrote:
> Hi all,
> As some of you may know, the doctoral student child care scholarship =
> was a 3 year pilot program and last year was the last year of the =
> pilot. The Office of Work Life does not know if the scholarship =
> funds will be renewed. The deadline for re-enrolling children at =
> many Harvard affiliated programs (where the funds are valid) is =
> approaching quickly. I know for my daycare center (PTCC) the =
> deadline to re-enroll is THIS FRIDAY 1/23.
> I called the Office of Work Life and they don=92t think it is likely =
> that the scholarship committee will make a decision before the =
> deadline to re-enroll. The woman in the office suggested that I =
> contact my dean, which I did, and he didn=92t really know who to call =
> to put pressure on. I=92m not sure what to do. It is a helpless feeling.
> I feel strongly that even if the answer is that the scholarships =
> will not be available, we need to know that. The timing of this is =
> very tricky, as we are being asked to either commit to paying $20K =
> or more for a year of child care without knowing if we will get any =
> financial assistance or to lose our hard-won slots at daycares where =
> we have forged relationships with care givers.
> This is a tough spot. At least for me I know my son is eligible for =
> kindergarten in Cambridge next fall, but there are many families =
> that don=92t have the choice of public school next year.
> Does anyone know who we can talk to in order to get an answer? I =
> think this puts many of us in a very difficult position.
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