Harvard University believes that access to affordable, high-quality child care is essential to successful faculty performance. As a major regional employer and as a world-class institution, the University is committed to investing meaningful resources towards, and demonstrating executive leadership, in solving the child care challenges of its faculty and staff.
Harvard University's Office of Work/Life
The Work/Life office provides information and expert referral to address concerns ranging from workplace stress to caring for a young child.
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Child Care website
Harvard's child care website is a resource for Harvard affiliates looking for information on center-based care, family day-care, in-home care, school/vacation summer camps, and regional public and private schools. The WATCH Portal connects parents and caregivers within the Harvard community. Up-to-date information regarding Harvard's work-life benefits is also available through the HARVie website.
In addition to the resources available through HARVie, the FD&D administers two programs that specifically assist Faculty with child care responsibilities:
Dependent Care Fund
The Dependent Care Fund for Short-term Professional Travel (DCF) is intended to provide financial assistance to Harvard Ladder Faculty who would like to travel for a professional event that will advance their academic careers, and who also have child care or adult dependent care obligations. DCF grants are awarded to defray incremental costs due to added caregiving needs incurred as a result of traveling for career purposes. Such costs may include those associated with transporting a dependent and/or a caregiver to a conference location or research site, extra dependent care at home while the recipient is traveling, or on-site care at a meeting. Faculty may apply for one grant within a given academic year, up to a maximum of $1,000 in funding per academic year.
The ACCESS Program is an initiative to help tenured, tenure-track, and senior non-ladder faculty meet their family care-giving needs while succeeding throughout their academic careers. The program is open to eligible faculty parents of children under the age of 6. It has two components: it provides priority enrollment in campus child care centers and it allows faculty to apply to a means-tested child care scholarship program. Subsidies ranging from $4,000 to $24,000 (subject to required tax withholding) are available to eligible faculty. The amount of the award depends on household income and claimed child care expenses are reimbursed three times per year. The program is administered through Harvard University’s Office of Work/Life.