[Parentsgroup-list] Harvard Child Care Rates

Griffin, April Marie April_Griffin at hms.harvard.edu
Wed May 26 17:05:04 EDT 2010

I have a 4 year old son and I've had him in a family daycare since he was an infant. I understand why some people prefer daycare centers instead of home-based family daycares, but for us it has been a great experience. He has a small little "family" of buddies of all ages, he's great with babies, especially now that he's one of the oldest in the daycare (which has a license for 8 children). Unlike daycare centers, he doesn't change "rooms" or "groups" at certain ages, so when he was learning to crawl and walk he was watching the toddlers practice writing letters and numbers. I plan to keep him there until he starts full time kindergarten next year. There are many local family daycares, and they are "cheap" compared to the daycare centers (I pay $160 a week including all homemade healthy meals-breakfast, lunch, and dinner- and snacks, which is a blessing as a single parent too lazy to always cook the most balanced meals) If you are interested you should contact the office of work/family and talk to Barbara Wolf. She is at 164 Longwood avenue and her phone is 617-432-1615. When I was pregnant she sat down and printed out a list of all daycares by zip code (family and centers) and I proceeded to call down the list and was very lucky to get a spot right when I needed it for him. He is one block from the longwood campus and sometimes I think he loves his daycare provider more than me! (Maybe because she calls him Sir and I call him baby)
Good luck and congratulations!
April Marie Griffin
PhD Candidate
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Harvard Medical School
From: parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu [parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Rebecca Hammond [hambecky at gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:42 PM
To: Joy Geren
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Subject: Re: [Parentsgroup-list] Harvard Child Care Rates

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,

On Wed, May 26, 2010 at 3:38 PM, Joy Geren <joygeren at gmail.com<mailto:joygeren at gmail.com>> wrote:
Have you looked at www.childcare.harvard.edu/pdf/ratecard.pdf<http://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

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?).


Joy Geren, Ph.D.
Laboratory for Developmental Studies
Department of Psychology
Harvard University

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