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For a number of Harvard Kennedy School students, pursuing a degree is not their only priority. Many balance the demands of graduate school with being a committed partner, husband or wife, mom or dad.
The Harvard Kennedy School community is enriched when students come to Cambridge with their partners, spouses and families. As a school, we work to support our students by providing them with the resources below to help them make the balancing act more manageable.
Care.com provides certified back-up child care in the event that a student's permanent child care provider is temporarily unavailable. Students can use the agency’s services up to 10 days each academic year, and pay only 50% of the caregiver's hourly rate; the remaining half is subsidized by HKS Student Services. The Care.com membership and referral fees are covered by Harvard Kennedy School. More information is available to current students on the HKS intranet (login required).
Child Care @ Harvard provides a number of resources for Harvard students who are parents. In addition to listing different child-care options in the Boston and Cambridge areas, information is also available on back-up care and babysitters, schools and after-school programs, camps and school vacation programs, and parenting support networks.
HIO is an important resource for international graduate students and scholars who come to Harvard with their partners, spouses, and families. The office provides students with information about resources, groups, child care and schooling, and family visas.
At HKS, one of the best resources is each other. The HKS Student-Parent listserv is a platform for students with children to communicate with each other, organize events, and share information on child care, pediatricians, preschools and other schools, and local kid-friendly activities. More broadly, the Harvard University Graduate Student-Parent listserv is a network for Harvard graduate students who are parents to connect with each other, share information, organize outings, or swap or sell items. Additionally, the VP for Families position on the Kennedy School Student Government offers students and their families another resource and opportunity to connect with one another.
Harvard Kennedy School provides a private, safe and secure on-campus lactation room in the Taubman Building for students who are nursing mothers. An additional 20 lactation rooms are available across the Harvard campus. More information is available on Harvard’s Child Care website.
Students who are primary caregivers for pre-school aged children may be eligible to enroll part-time at HKS. They will still be eligible to receive financial assistance from Student Financial Services but their award package may change based on their reduced course load.
As part of the program, students must maintain their student health insurance and student housing. International students on F-1 or J-1 visas are not eligible for this program because of federal visa requirements. The HKS Parental Support Policy includes more about the program.