[Parentsgroup-list] Harvard Child Care Rates

Candice M. Etson etson at fas.harvard.edu
Wed May 26 15:52:37 EDT 2010


My daughter has been going to Knowledge Beginnings since she was 3 months old.
She is 4 years old now, and is almost always happy to go to her "school". It is
a short walk from the Longwood Medical Area. I put my name on the waitlist for
the LMACC, and I recently got an email asking me if I wanted to remain on the
waitlist. Although the price at my center is not much less for full time care,
they do offer a variety of part time options, and, unlike many other centers,
they do not charge a fee for putting your name on the waitlist.


Best of luck,

Candice M. Etson
Biophysics Program
Harvard University

van Oijen Laboratory
Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Harvard Medical School
240 Longwood Ave, SGM 209
Boston, MA 02115

etson at fas.harvard.edu
tel: 617-432-5480

Quoting Rebecca Hammond <hambecky at gmail.com>:

> Thanks Joy-
> What a great name you have (it is one of our favorite girl names!).
> Yes, those were the rates I was looking at- others had told me they were
> ridiculously overpriced and I should expect to pay about $900 per month, so
> I was confused about the huge discrepancy. Since price is an issue for us,
> we will have to look for alternative centers or in-home options. Any advice
> from anyone on the list serve would be greatly appreciated- we will likely
> need care starting at 3 months old in December 2010.
> Thanks again,
> Rebecca
> On Wed, May 26, 2010 at 3:38 PM, Joy Geren <joygeren at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Have you looked at www.childcare.harvard.edu/pdf/ratecard.pdf ?
> >
> > You can call individual centers and ask if they have any need based
> > scholarships. Keep in mind that the infant room has the highest ratio
> > of caregivers to children and, hence, costs the most. A couple other
> > things to consider. If you haven't already applied it is unlikely you
> > will get into any of the centers for this year. Also, if your baby is
> > born in September he/she can't attend the first few months of the
> > contract (most centers start at age 3 months) but you would have to
> > pay for those months to hold the spot since they operate on a 12-month
> > contract.
> >
> > I ended up getting a spot mid-year for my 6-month-old from a family
> > that changed their minds about the mom going back to work. I have
> > heard that has worked for others as well, just calling at the time you
> > need care and seeing if there is an opening for some reason. We were
> > very happy with the Harvard affiliated center. It costs a lot for
> > infant care, but those first months are critical for development so it
> > is well worth getting quality care (do I give myself away as a
> > Developmental Psychologist?).
> >
> > Congrats!
> > -Joy
> >
> > --
> > Joy Geren, Ph.D.
> > Laboratory for Developmental Studies
> > Department of Psychology
> > Harvard University
> >

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