Finding high-quality, affordable child care can be a challenge in the Cambridge and Boston areas.
For an overview of child care options, click here.
The following resources can help with your search:
- If you are a Harvard employee, you may use the dependant-care resource and
referral service available through Harvard’s Employee Assistance
- If you are a benefits-eligible employee on a regular Harvard payroll at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine or Harvard School of Public Health, you can apply to participate in the Longwood Medical Area Family Childcare Network, a program of the Longwood Institutions, administered by MASCO. More information and application for enrollment can be found here.
- Exchange child care information with others in the Harvard community. Check out Harvard's child care bulletin board.
- For lists of licensed family day care providers and group child care centers in your community, visit the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. In the top left-hand corner, click on “Find Early Education & Care Programs” and then on the third link, “Search for Licensed Family, School Age or Center-based Child Care Programs.”
- Several nonprofit agencies are members of the Massachusetts Child Care Resource and Referral Network and can help parents find child care. These are organized geographically:
- Child Care Choices of Boston serves Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Somerville, Revere, and Winthrop.
- Child Care Circuit serves several towns near Harvard’s campuses including Arlington, Belmont, Medford, Newton and Watertown, as well as many other Greater Boston towns go here for the full list.
- Community Care for Kids serves Braintree, Cohasset, Dedham, Hull, Milton, Needham, Quincy, Randolph, Wellesley, Weston, and Weymouth.
- If you still have questions, contact Harvard’s Office of Work/Life at WorkLife@harvard.edu or 617-495-4100.