Child Care
Child Care
Overview and Options
Cambridge and Allston Campuses
Harvard Longwood Campus
Finding Group and Family Child Care
Find a Nanny
Find Occasional Babysitters
Back-up/Emergency Child Care
Paying for Child Care
Lactation Rooms
Other Child Care Resources
Harvard Community Parents Connections
Harvard Community Child Care Bulletin Board
WATCH Portal
Schools, Camps & Programs
Schools & After-School Programs
School Vacation Programs
Summer Camps
Office of Work/Life
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-4100
Longwood Campus
Susanna Katsman,
Work/Life Program Manager
Phone: 617-432-1048
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Lauren Szufat,
Work/Life Contact
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-4275
Community at Work

Back-up and Emergency Child Care for Employees

Emergency Care

Faculty and staff may use Harvardís Emergency/Backup Care benefits when regular care isn't available:

                • When the regular caregiver or stay-at-home spouse is ill or temporarily unavailable,
                • Between child care arrangements,
                • When regular day care center, school or after-school program is closed,
                • To transition back into a regular work schedule when returning from leave,
                • To accommodate changes in flexible work arrangements,
                • Other situations where back-up care is required. BackUpCare (formerly Parents in a Pinch, Inc.)

Harvard has contracted with BackUpCare, to provide backup in-home back-up care services. The service is available to benefits-eligible faculty, administrative and professional staff, support staff in HUCTW, non-bargaining-unit support staff, and postdoctoral fellows.

  • You must pre-register for this service.
  • The service dispatches a caregiver to your home.
  • This service allows caregiver to stay with mildly ill children.
  • Service is available for children of any age.
  • You pay the caregiver ($15 per hour) directly.
  • Service is available in greater Boston and in some U.S. cities.

Current Harvard employees may visit HARVie for more information and to register.


The SOURCE (Subsidy for Occasional, Unplanned, and Respite Care Expenses) Program helps faculty and staff pay for back-up care. (Formerly Just In Time Care)

  • This program is open to benefits-eligible employees who earn less than $70,000 on an annualized basis (full-time equivalent).
  • You must enroll for this service.
  • You choose the care provider. You can use SOURCE funds in conjunction with Harvardís other back-up services or other care providers including a friend, neighbor or family member.
  • The service reimburses you up to $350 per eligible employee per year.