RCCC admits children of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, regardless of disability, or of parents' marital status, sexual orientation or political beliefs. We welcome applications from all interested families.

We accept applications at any time, and we prefer that families apply before visiting the center. This protects the children here from too many visitors and, since we often spend an hour or more with each visitor, we can only accomodate serious applicants. Our application fee of $35.00 goes to scholarship. We are happy to waive the fee if it is a financial hardship for you. Parents are encouraged to call for an appointment to visit the Center from November through February.

Apply Online

Clicking on Apply Online will take you off of the RCCC web site and transfer you to the website that hosts the child care center application for six child care centers that operate on Harvard's campuses

This website is hosted by Harvard's Office of Work/Life Resources as a convenience for centers and families. Child care centers are independent from Harvard University, and make all enrollment decisions.


The admissions process begins with families currently or previously enrolled in the Center. New applications are processed on a first come, first served basis, while considering the needs of the group to ensure a well-balanced mix of ages as well as boys and girls. First preference is given to siblings of currently enrolled children and then to children of Harvard faculty and staff who are paid by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and are benefits-eligible, as verified by the University, and then to children of currently enrolled Harvard students. However, given the constraints of class size, we cannot guarantee space to all those affiliated with the university.

In April we begin to contact families if we have a space to offer. We ask that a decision be made promptly so that others are not kept waiting. The enrollment process usually takes six to eight weeks. If we do not have a space for your child you are welcome to remain on our waiting list as places sometimes become available midyear. We keep applications for a year. If a space does become available we will contact you immediately. If you wish to have your application removed from our file please contact us.

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