[Parentsgroup-list] Day care scholarships

rose at fas.harvard.edu rose at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Jan 27 23:02:13 EST 2009

Thank you for sharing your email and response. This is the a very similar
response from Provost's Singers (directly from Dr. Liza Cariga-Lo) office
regarding an email I sent her last week on this topic. Let's keep our fingers
crossed that the a better plan is approved to help eligible. graduate student
parents pay for their childcare costs.

Please keep in touch on this issue.

Quoting Lindsay Page <lpage at fas.harvard.edu>:

> Hi all -
> Based on the discussion around the uncertainty of the child care scholarship
> program, I sent an email to Judy Singer, Vice Provost of Faculty Development
> and Diversity.  The key text of my email (and the response that I received
> from her office) are below.  I take from it that while they aren't able to
> offer any specifics at this time, the issue is definitely on their radar and
> hopefully a decision will come soon.
> Hope this is helpful,
> Lindsay
> To Judy Singer:
> For the past three years, the Office of Work/Life has had a pilot
> scholarship program that has provided generous scholarship funds to graduate
> students who send their children to the Harvard-affiliated day cares (which
> are fabulous but quite expensive).  The day cares are currently asking
> families to indicate their intent to re-enroll for the next academic year,
> but we have not heard yet as to whether or not the scholarship program is
> going to be continued, especially given the current financial situation.
> For many, continuing at one of the Harvard day cares without the assistance
> of a scholarship is not possible.
> I'm wondering if you might be able to shed any light on this issue.  A few
> questions include the following: has a decision been made yet as to whether
> or not the scholarship program will continue?  If not, when might a decision
> be expected? And if not, could you estimate a probability that it will
> continue?  Finally, if you are able to provide answers to any of these
> questions, would you mind if I shared them on the graduate student parent
> list serv?  It's currently quite abuzz with discussion of how we might get
> answers to these questions.
> Response from Liza Cariaga-Lo, Assitant Provost for Faculty Development and
> Diversity:
> I am writing to follow up on the message you sent below to Senior Vice
> Provost Singer. She was away at a conference last week, and she asked me to
> respond to your email.
> Since the doctoral student parent childcare scholarship program was
> established as a pilot program and is currently in its last year of the
> pilot phase, the university is currently in the process of assessing the
> impact of the program and the next steps to be taken regarding future
> funding. The University's Childcare Strategy Group has been working on the
> issue over the last several months and will reach a decision shortly. We are
> aware of the  issue faced by doctoral student parents regarding the
> re-enrollment process, and we shall be discussing this at a meeting with the
> Office of Work Life later this afternoon.
> We are grateful to you for kind concern as expressed in your email below. We
> have also heard from Garth McCavana in GSAS and others. Your thoughtful
> articulation of the problem that many doctoral student parents are facing
> right now will certainly be taken into consideration. I hope that we will be
> able to give you soon.   In the meantime, please do not hesitate to call or
> email me if you have any questions.
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