Resources for Spouses and Families
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HSSPA is an organization open to spouses and partners of all Harvard students. Since 1896 it has provided a way for its members to make friends, find intellectual stimulation and most of all, feel a sense of belonging within the University. HSSPA organizes a variety of events throughout the year for Harvard students and their spouses and families, such as social gatherings, dinners and outings.
Harvard Neighbors, a Harvard University-based volunteer organization, enriches the lives of members of the Harvard community through cultural and educational programs and events. Through a wide variety of activities, we help both newcomers and more established members to become acquainted with one another. Our volunteers welcome and offer support to recent arrivals; we plan and host a variety of social events; and we offer special activities and social opportunities for people who share common interests. We can also help answer your questions about Harvard and the Boston area.
MGH Backup Child Care Center
In recognition of the complex needs of families today, particularly working families and families experiencing a breakdown in childcare, the MGH Backup Childcare Center was established to provide emergency child care to MGH employees, patients and Partners employees. Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, enjoyable learning environment for the children in our care.
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street, Warren Lobby, Suite 130
Boston, MA 02114
Patty Pirone, Director Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Designed for children between 15 months and 12 years old
- Intended to assist employees of MGH when their primary care falls through or when school is closed.
MGH Children's Center, Captains Quarters, CNY
The program at the MGH Children's Center is carefully designed to meet the developmental needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Each age group has their own floor of the "house" designed and equipped just for them. Each classroom is staffed by a team of professional teachers and assistants, with a high teacher/child ratio. The teaching staff draws on their extensive background in Early Childhood Education, their creativity, and their careful observations of the needs of each individual child to plan daily activities. Attention is given to the growth and development of the whole child, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Children learn and develop new skills through play and their interactions with materials, each other, and their teachers, within the structure of a daily schedule.
- Monday through Friday, 6:15 am to 5:45 pm
- First priority for Partners HealthCare System employees
- Full and part time care for children between 6 weeks and 5 years old
- 65 children per day.
- There is a waiting list.
Children's Quarters at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, CNY
The Children's Quarters is located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard in the newly remodeled Catherine Filene Shouse Building, home of the MGH Institute of Health Professions. The Center is licensed to provide developmentally appropriate care to children between the ages of 15 months and 6 years old. Our classrooms are staffed by DEEC certified teachers who are employed by Partners HealthCare System. The curriculum meets NAEYC standards for accreditation in early childhood programs. Our teacher/child ratio exceeds that required by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC).
Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:45 pm
- Priority to IHP staff and students, Partners employees and the Charlestown community
- Full and part time care for children between 15 months and 6 years old
- 47 children per day
Note: To review information about any of the Partners Child Care Services program, please visit
Parents in a Pinch
An employee benefit that offers backup child care for emergencies. This compliments the service already in place for employees in the Warren Lobby, which is called the MGH Backup Child Care Center. Parents in a Pinch can be used during such times as: school vacations, when child is sick, when working late or on weekends, when day care provider goes on vacation, live-in nanny quits unexpectedly, or if children are too young for the MGH Backup Child Care Center. Child care is available seven days/week in your home at any hour of the day or evening. Call Parents in a Pinch directly to request child care. Be certain to identify yourself as an employee of Mass General Hospital and provide your MGH Employee ID number. There is a limit of 7 placements per year for per MGH employee. Cost is $13.00 per hour, with a transportation reimbursement of up to $20.00 per day.
Outside Child Care Resources
Machildcare.com is that kind of information resource, providing listings, news reports, and a great forum in which to share information. Parents can post day care requests, and Massachusetts child care providers have the option of posting openings at their child care, preschool, nursery school, or after school program.
Child Care Center
The Harvard Medical Center Office of Work and Family (OWF)
Provides information, resources, referrals, educational programs and support to those combining work lives with family concerns. The OWF serves the faculty, staff, post docs, and students of Harvard Medical and Dental Schools, Harvard School of Public Health and the participating affiliated institutions as an expression of the medical community's commitment to helping families balance their work lives with the important job of caring for their children, their aging parents and their own personal lives. Whether you're looking for child care centers, family child care, after school programs, summer camps, in-home child care providers or information about public or private schools, the Office of Work and Family can provide you with the resources you need to find the situation that works best for your family.
Employee Assistance Program at MGH
EAP has helped hundreds of physicians with confidential support, referrals and counseling. From finding child or elder care services to helping handle relationship and financial problems -- no problem is too big or small. EAP can also help you find resources for family members who live in other areas. The EAP is located at Charles River Plaza South, 175 Cambridge Street, suite 320, with additional offices in the Vincent Burnham Kennedy Building on the main campus. For confidential assistance for you or your household members, contact the EAP Director, Andrea Stidsen, LICSW, CEAP, ext. 6-6976 or 1-866-4-EAP. For more information visit the web site at
Tel: 617.726.6976 or 1.866.724.4EAP, Fax: 617.726.5941
Professional Staff Benefits Office at MGH/MGPO
This office's charge is to develop and administer a high quality and cost effective employee benefits program specific to the interests and needs of 2000 employed Professional Staff and 1500 Residents and Fellows. Programs under active management include health and welfare benefits, pension benefits, deferred compensation plans and professional liability (malpractice) insurance. For assistance call or visit the Professional Staff Benefits Office located at: Massachusetts General Hospital, Bulfinch Bldg, Suite 126.