Listed below are local nanny agencies for you to investigate. If you would like to suggest an agency, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
American Nanny Company - Marsha Epstein, Founder
Personally Paired - Jessica Stowe, Founder
Diane Levin, PhD, co-author of So Sexy So Soon on media's effects on children, now has a blog on the book's website.
Diane Levin's Blog on Media, Marketing, and Children
Homemade Today provides a meal preparation service with a variety of plans and menus.
Another meal preparation service, Cooking from the Heart, emphasizes single serving options.
Cooking from the Heart
The Career and Family Network and the Office of Faculty Development have compiled a list of popular recreational resources for families:
Boston-area Playspaces, Theaters, and Gyms
Work/Family Balance Options at Children's:
Children's Hospital Work/Family Services will connect you to agencies and resources that can benefit your well-being. Telephone 617-355-8933
Paid Post Partum Leave
Recognizing the medical reality of childbirth and postpartum recovery for women physicians, the CH Physicians Organization (PO) endorsed in July 2001 a new maternity leave policy of a minimum of 8 weeks paid leave for all women physicians who are a part of the PO, working 0.5 FTE or greater. These eight weeks are considered part of the Federal and Medical Family Leave Act (FMLA) and the Massachusetts Medical Leave Act (MMLA).
Longwood Medical Area Child Care Centers:
Children's Hospital Child Care Center
Children's Hospital Child Care Center was created to provide high quality child care for children of hospital employees and staff. We accept children 3 months through 5 years without regard to race, creed, cultural heritage or religion. For every child in our center, we offer a safe, supportive environment which fosters self-esteem, growth and cultural diversity.
Bright Horizons Child Care Center
The center is located in the Landmark Building on the corner of Brookline Ave., and the Fenway, the Bright Horizon's Family Center serves families from several area hospitals and Harvard Medical School. The center operates from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday, under an "open door" policy which parents of enrolled children are welcome at any time. Children's has reserved 20 slots for its employees. Telephone: (617) 450-0790.
Harvard Medical Center Office of Work and Family (OWF):
The OWF would like to introduce you to the new wealth of family resources and information now available:
Handbook - Upon request, you can receive a free copy of the Harvard University and Affiliates Family Resource Handbook. Included are resources for pregnancy and postpartum, families, finding a baby-sitter, older children, the elderly, and activities for children.
Child Care - Help in determining your child care needs is available. Information regarding: breast feeding at work, child care centers, family child care homes, in-home child care agencies, after school programs, preschools, finding a babysitter, public and private schools, school vacation programs, summer camps.
Elder Care -Help in identifying community resources and services is available to those caring for their elderly relatives: home health care services, hospice care, legal issues, housing options, Medicare and Medicaid policies, respite care, support groups, transportation, and visiting nurses.
Lunchtime Programs and Seminars - Experts address topics related to balancing work and family life. Programs are for parents with children of all ages, as well as those caring for aging relatives.
Harvard Medical Center Office of Work and Family
Parents in a Pinch
To supplement your existing childcare services, CH has contracted with Parents in a Pinch to provide backup childcare to CH employees. All CH faculty are eligible for this service. Importantly, Children's will carry the majority of the costs and families are assured of trained care providers.
For any emergency you can think of, from filling in at work for a colleague or if your child cannot attend his/her scheduled daycare due to sickness, Parents In A Pinch will send a screened, trained care provider to your home. Parents In A Pinch also has access to family or center based care, if that is the best option for you.
Children's will pay for 50% of the provider's fee ($10/hr for home care, $7.50 for center care) and all of the placement fee for the first 5 days of the service for Children's Hospital employees. Foundation faculty should discuss cost-sharing with the Benefits Manager. Parents pay the provider at the time of the service but will be reimbursed for the 50% cost share by the hospital. Following the 5th day through the 8th, parents pay the provider in full but CH will pay the placement fee. If the service is continued after the 8th day, parents pay all fees. Parents pay all provider's transportation costs. The telephone number for Parents In A Pinch is 617-739-KIDS.
Clinician Support, Office of (OCS)
David DeMaso, MD , OCS Director, 617-355-6724
The Office of Clinician Support provides a safe place for physicians to discuss and resolve a wide range of work place and personal issues. The OCS provides a blend of services ranging from creating awareness of work-engendered stresses, to discussions about work-related and personal concerns, to mental health assessments, to crisis interventions. All clinicians are seen at no charge with referrals to outside professionals as needed. OCS staff will make arrangements to meet at a convenient time, usually within 24-48 hours. For more information about the program, please feel free to contact the OCS Director directly.
Always Remember to Take Time Out!
Consult Perspectives' columnists Dr. Lydia Shrier (Boston Bites, restaurant reviews) and Jill Dobriner (Leisurely Learning, cultural and recreational excursions) for ways to unwind and recharge.
Boston Bites by Lydia Shrier.pdf
Leisurely Learning by Jill Dobriner.pdf