• Children Playing with Animal toys
  • Children Playing Outside.
  • Child playing with Toy Tools

How to Apply to BGCC

Families interested in Botanic Gardens Children’s Center should complete an online application by clicking on this link https://huccc-web.cadm.harvard.edu/. The online application system is used by the six Harvard-affiliated child care centers that operate on Harvard’s campuses. It is hosted on a secure serve at Harvard University, but each child care center is independent from the university and from other child care centers and has sole control of its enrollment process. Once you have completed your application, mail and make out your application fee check out to:

Campus Child Care Inc.
44R Brattle Street, Room 101
Cambridge, MA 02138

Attn: Enrollment

The fee is as follows:

  • Applying to 1 HU Affiliated center – $30
  • Applying to 2 HU Affiliated centers – $50
  • Applying to 3 HU Affiliated centers – $70
  • Applying to 4 or more HU Affiliated centers $120

This amount is PER FAMILY, not per child.

Families on the waiting list will be notified of our annual Open House, a wonderful opportunity to tour the facility and meet with current parents, teachers, and administrators. Questions about enrollment may be directed to bgcc.edspecialist@campus-cc.org. Should a spot become available mid-year, an individual tour can be arranged. Vacancies for the new school year, beginning in September, are filled in April and May, with families highest on the prioritized waiting list offered contracts first. Vacancies occurring during the year are also filled from the wait list.

We encourage all interested families to apply, especially for the preschool classrooms. Priority is given to children of faculty, staff, and students of Harvard University, but when there are vacancies, children of non-Harvard-affiliated families are admitted, too.

*BGCC’s Schedule and Tuition

Due to regulation and policy changes regarding COVID 19, these factors are modified accordingly. Please check in with our administration or Campus Child Care for up to date information.

The Center is open from 8 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday. Children are enrolled in our program on a full-time basis, five days a week. Drop off and pick up times are flexible; we recommend that all of the children arrive by 9:30 AM to be in the swing of the day.

Tuition for 2019-2020 school year, paid in 12 installments

  • Infants:                  $3,150
  • Toddler I:               $2,800
  • Toddler II:              $2,500
  • Preschool I:           $2,200
  • Preschool II:          $1,950

A deposit of $3,100 is required to reserve a space for your child. For families enrolling more than one child, the additional children require a $2,100 deposit. The deposit is held until the last month that child is enrolled at the center. It would then be used as the last month’s tuition.

Visits to the Center

The Center invites each prospective family to attend our Open HouseMarch 2019- final date TBD) to meet the Director, Associate Director, teachers and current parents. This opportunity will allow you to get a feel for our community, and to learn more about the enrollment process, our philosophy of education and daily and annual schedules. No Harvard University affiliation is required to attend the Center; however priority in enrollment is given to (1) Benefits-eligible Harvard affiliates, and (2) other Harvard affiliates.

Calendar of Closings

BGCC will close on the following days during the 2018-2019 school year. September 3rd (Labor Day), October 8th (Columbus Day), November 21st-23rd (3PM close November 21st, Thanksgiving), December 24th-January 1st (Winter Break), January 21st (MLK Jr. Day), February 18th (Presidents Day), March 15th (Professional Development Day), May 27th (Memorial Day), July 3rd-5th (4th of July Break), August 19th-23rd (set-up week for new school year).