Botanic Garden Children's Center
We provide exceptional childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in for the Harvard University Community.
This is an ongoing program.
Ages: Infant to 5.
Grades Toddler and Preschool.
Organization affiliates only.
Ages 3 months to 5 years
- Sign-up is ongoing
The online application is hosted by Harvard’s Office of Work/Life. You can access the application through any one of the centers’ websites. You should apply as soon as you know you are going to come to Harvard and know you will need care. Because the CCC centers are highly valued, there is typically a waiting list to enroll. The sooner you apply, the better the chances of being offered a spot.
Applications fees are set per child. For one to three programs the fee is $60. For four to six programs the fee is $120.
Monthly Full Time Tuition:
- Infant = $3,400
- Toddler 1 = $3,000
- Toddler 2 = $2,720
- Preschool 1 = $2,400
- Preschool 2 = $2,160
- Financial Aid and/or Scholarship Available
Application fees are not refunded. You will be offered the option to remain on our waiting list from one year to the next at no extra charge. Some of the child care centers are able to make a limited amount of internally generated financial aid available each year. Consult individual centers for more information.
Benefits-eligible faculty, staff and postdocs may be eligible for one of several child care scholarship programs. Please go here for more information. There is currently no child care funding available for Harvard students.
- In-person only.
26 Robinson Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Parent participation encouraged; snack and milk provided, lunch brought from home; NAEYC accredited.
Botanic Gardens Children’s Center is an inclusive community which values uniqueness among our children and diversity in families and staff members. Our families come from all over the world, enriching our classrooms and our community. It’s not uncommon to hear four or five languages spoken in the same classroom. Recent BGCC families have come from China, Israel, India, Germany, Greece, Italy, Korea, Spain and other parts of the world. Each individual member of our community enriches the whole.
We believe that a rich early childhood experience combines the best of classical education and current research in the field. In our classrooms you will see materials from the Montessori tradition, children teaching and learning from each other in the spirit of Vygotsky, and documentation inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. At the heart of our program is Piaget’s philosophy that through play, children are best able to make new skills and concepts their own. Our teachers discover what the children are captivated by and develop a well-planned curriculum around what is most meaningful. You may hear this described as an “emergent approach”. Each teaching team has a strong grasp on the skills and concepts that the children are developmentally ready to explore. With this knowledge, and through careful observation of the children’s individual learning styles, they construct a multi-faceted curriculum to foster each area of development.