[Parentsgroup-list] Re: Parentsgroup-list Digest, Vol 418, Issue 1

Susan McDonald susan_mcdonald at ksg07.harvard.edu
Fri Jan 23 12:50:13 EST 2009


Hi,

Susannah asked if others have had to sign the childcare contract
before knowing about the scholarship. Having been both a grad student
and (now) staff, I can say this seems to be standard in terms of how
the scholarships are administered, with months respectively between
contract signing, scholarship application, scholarship notification,
and (retroactive) disbursement of funds. I realize this is a listserv
for students, not staff, but it may help to understand that this seems
to be how the Work-Life schedule works across the board.

Susan
HKS, HBS

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>   1. Re: Doctoral Student Scholarship (rose at fas.harvard.edu)
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> From: rose at fas.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: [Parentsgroup-list] Doctoral Student Scholarship
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> Harvard Grad Parents:
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> I am very, very glad that Debrah brought this issue up to the group and to my
> attention. In the past, I have worked with GSC, HGWISE and the administration
> to help improve issues related to grad parents.
>
> I trying to find out whether or not the childcare scholarships will be available
> again this year to qualified grad parents. I do not have any answers yet, but I
> hope to get updates next week.
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> Is there anyone, other than Debrah, who is the same situation? -- Having to sign
> a Harvard daycare contract before knowing whether or not you are going to
> receive a childcare scholarship this year? If so, please let me know.
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> Best,
> Susannah Rose
> Chair, Harvard Parents' Group
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> Quoting Debrah Rud <debrah_rud at student.hms.harvard.edu>:
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>> Thanks Sara ­ very wise words. Appreciate the thoughtful response. Deb
>>
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>> On 1/21/09 1:04 PM, "spsuch" <spsuch at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> > 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...
>> >
>> > Sara
>> > HGSE
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > 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 don¹t 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
>> >> didn¹t really know who to call to put pressure on. I¹m 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
>> don¹t
>> >> 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.
>> >>
>> >>  Thanks,
>> >>  Debrah
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