Child Care, Summer Camp and Information for Families with Children
With schools in Massachusetts closed for the remainder of the school year and Day Cares closed for non-essential workers closed until the end of June, parents are balancing multiple responsibilities and possibly facing additional stress. Below are some resources that might help parents to managing increasing roles and helping children to cope.
Mass General Brigham Child Care Offerings
NEW Update on Mass General Brigham Child Care Options
The Mass General Brigham Child Care leadership team has been working with the State’s Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to determine the programs that will be offered after the emergency child care regulations expire on June 30.
With the exception of the Bright Horizons Landmark location, all services currently offered will remain in place through July 10. The Landmark location will remain available for back-up care through June 30 and will switch back to offering pre-COVID-19 full-service child care as early as July 6. Families currently using the Landmark location will be contacted directly by Bright Horizons with more information.
Pending EEC approval, the rate for in-center care will be $8 per hour per child, with a family maximum of $20 per hour for three or more siblings. In-Home Back-up Care Services will continue to be offered, although rates are still being finalized10.
Unfortunately, until we receive additional information from the EEC, we will not be able to provide details about the child care services that will be available after July 10. We will provide an update as soon as possible, which we hope will be early to mid-next week and we will provide as much information as we can. If you have a question, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-Home Back-up Care Services will continue to be offered, although we are still working on finalizing the amount you will pay if you use this service.
- The cost of in-home child care provided by Bright Horizons and Care.com is now $3 per hour for benefits-eligible employees who make $75,000 or less per year. Other benefits-eligible employees will continue to pay the subsidized rate of $8 per hour. Learn more about how to enroll in in-home backup care from Bright Horizons or Care.com.
- All in-center backup care at Partners Child Care Centers in Massachusetts and those run for Partners by Bright Horizons are provided at no employee cost. Any co-pays for in-center care since the emergency child care went into place in Massachusetts will be refunded.
- To make this change possible, we will consolidate the locations available for in-center care to the MGH and BWH backup child care centers in Boston and Chestnut Hill, the McLean Center in Belmont, the MGH Center in Charlestown and the Bright Horizons Landmark Center location. We have communicated directly with employees who have children enrolled at other locations to help them identify alternatives.
Learn more in the Coronavirus FAQs on Ask myHR.
Mass 211's Child Care Information Line is part of the statewide network of community-based childcare resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs). Mass 211 and the Child Care Resource and Referral Network is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education.
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Update from Mass General Brigham on Summer Childcare Programming
Child Care Summer Programming
Mass General Brigham Child Care Services (formerly Partners Child Care Services) will transition to summer programming from July 14 to August 28. The enrollment in our centers is limited due to COVID-19 health and safety requirements outlined by the state Department of Early Education and Care.
At our traditional child care centers (MGH Children’s Center, McLean, Assembly Row), priority will be given to families who were enrolled pre-COVID-19, followed by benefits-eligible employees working onsite. In-center back-up care will be also be offered for children 8 weeks to 12 years old at the MGH and BWH Backup Child Care Centers. In-home child care will continue to be available through Bright Horizons. You may also reserve back-up care at a nearby Bright Horizons center subject to availability, as centers begin reopening over the summer. For employees that have previously used Care.com for in-home child care, this service will also remain available.
Lastly, remember that MGB employees have access to “Camp Kinda,” (more details on this below) a free, virtual summer camp experience for kids in kindergarten through grade 8. In addition, you now have access to personalized help from a local nanny agency with recruiting, vetting and selecting a nanny that will match your family’s needs at discounted rates through Bright Horizons Additional Family Supports.
We will provide an update later in the summer about services available starting in September. For more information on the programs listed above visit the Coronavirus FAQs on Ask myHR.
- Commonwealth of MA Back Up Child Care Locations
- Information on Commonwealth of MA Exempt Emergency Child Care Resources
- Emergency Child Care Resources Offered to Essential Service Workers from the YMCA:
YMCA of Greater Boston
Summer Camp and Activities
Mass General Brigham Summer Camp Resources
Camp Kinda is a free, virtual summer experience for children in grades K-8. Programming consists of five educational adventures per week, without feeling like homework. Kids will get 3 to 4 hours’ worth of activities each day, all connected to fun weekly themes, such as unlocking the mysteries of history and discovering the world’s craziest sports. It’s like camp… kinda. All you need to register is an email address. Read more and register at campkinda.org.
Partners employees should use the code: MGB20
Bright Horizons World at Home
World at Home brings science-informed, play-based, integrated curriculum into your home to engage your children to learn through play. The content is for everyone from infants to school-age children to webinars for parents. The program is designed to bring the comforting rhythms of Bright Horizons’ child care centers into the home, with guided learning opportunities that follow a similar schedule to their classrooms. Sign up for emails or access content directly at worldathome.brighthorizons.com.
Helping Children Cope with COVID-19
Help with Remote Learning and Home Schooling
Support for Families with Special Needs Children
For more information or to discuss stress and resilience concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4327.
In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 07/02/2020