[Parentsgroup-list] Day care scholarship program ending

Rud, Debrah Shurman debrah_rud at student.hms.harvard.edu
Tue Mar 2 13:27:57 EST 2010

I received the scholarship for two consecutive years and basically I knew I had the scholarship before I officially signed the contract with the daycare center.  So I was on the waitlist, got the slot, applied for the scholarship (I had already filled out all the paperwork and it was ready to go before I got the slot) and told the center that I needed to have the scholarship answer before I could sign the contract and they gave me a few days to wait.  The scholarship office works closely with the Harvard centers, so I didn't have to pay my deposit until I got my scholarship funds, etc.  In general, I thought that this was a good program and feel strongly that it should be extended.  
From: parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu [parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Sebastian Velez [svelez at oeb.harvard.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 12:53 PM
To: Meredith Quinn
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Subject: Re: [Parentsgroup-list] Day care scholarship program ending

Please tell me if I'm wrong, but I think that this is the program
where you had to be already accepted and have a signed contract with
one of Harvard's day care centers before you could have a decision
from the scholaship fund. In other words, you had to have the means to
afford getting stuck with a $1,500 to $2,000/mo contract if the
scholarphip didn't come through. And you had to have the time and
resources to wait in line for a spot to open at these places,
competing with Harvard faculty couples making 10X as much as you.

About a year ago, a friend who used to get the scholarship told me to
apply for it anyway, since the restriction that you have a contract
before getting funds made most people not apply and thus there was
always money available. My daughter was already in Kindergarten by
that time.

Is this information correct? If so, it was an unfair program,
benefiting those already doing well, or those with inside information
about how it worked in practice.

For obvious reasons, I support need-based programs with transparent processes.


On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 12:26 PM, Meredith Quinn <quinn at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I just received the following email indicating that GSAS is ending the
> program to assist with day care tuition.  I don't know if there's anything
> that can be done about this.  Does anyone have a sense of how these
> decisions might be reversed?
> Meredith
> From: "Office of Work/Life Resources" <worklife at harvard.edu>
> Date: March 2, 2010 10:10:41 AM EST
> To: "Quinn, Meredith Moss" <quinn at fas.harvard.edu>
> Subject: RE: Day Care Scholarships for GSAS students
> Dear Meredith,
> It is with considerable regret that we write to inform you that the Doctoral
> Student Pilot Child Care Scholarship Program will not be renewed for Fiscal
> Year 2011. As a result we will not be accepting applications for the coming
> year. As you know, this program was a pilot, initially approved for three
> years and then extended for a fourth. Although the pilot provided
> significant financial support to some doctoral student parents, it is not
> possible to continue the program in its current form.
> A working group that includes the Office of Work/Life, representatives of
> the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, and the Graduate School of
> Arts and Sciences is actively exploring new strategies to support doctoral
> student parents.
> If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email Sarah
> Bennett-Astesano (sarah_bennett-astesano at harvard.edu).
> We also have the Graduate Students Parents email list that can be accessed
> through the Child Care website at harvard
> (http://www.childcare.harvard.edu/childcare/connecting.shtml)
> Best,
> Natalie
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