Traditional Child Care

Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions you can make. You want to be sure your child is being cared for in an enjoyable, stimulating, and safe environment.

We are pleased to offer two choices for child care operated by Partners Child Care Services as a part of the Human Resources Department:

The MGH Children's Center and The IHP Children's Quarters.

The MGH Children's Center

The MGH Children's Center
3 Thirteenth Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: 617-726-5437
Fax: 617-724-2743
Director:  Sarah Siepierski
Email: ssiepierski@partners.org

The MGH Children's Center serves benefits-eligible employees of Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners Corporate and Partners-affiliated institutions. The Center provides high-quality, developmentally appropriate care and is licensed to serve Infant, Toddler and Preschool age children.

The Center is located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard and housed in the old Captain's Quarters, a beautifully renovated colonial style townhouse. This unique setting and home-like facility provides an ideal environment for young children.

The Center is open Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., 52 weeks a year excluding holidays.

Click here for fee information.

The Program

As a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited center, we use the guidelines established by NAEYC to determine developmental appropriateness for all levels of care provided.

The program at the MGH Children's Center is carefully designed to meet the developmental needs of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers. Each age group has their own floor of the "house" designed and equipped just for them.

Each classroom is staffed by a team of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care certified Teachers and Assistants, with a high teacher/child ratio. The teaching staff members draw on their extensive background in Early Childhood Education, their professionalism, their creativity, and their careful observations of the needs of each individual child to plan daily activities.

Attention is given to the growth and development of the whole child, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Children learn and develop new skills through play and their interactions with materials, each other, and their teachers within the structure of a daily schedule.

Tours

Tours of the Center are offered on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00am, except in September when the tour is offered on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00am; please call the Center to confirm availability of tours.

Application, Enrollment and Waiting List Process

Enrollment priority at the MGH Children's Center is granted first to benefits-eligible employees of MGH and Partners Corporate, followed by benefits-eligible employees of Partners-affiliated institutions.

Application: Applications are obtained, completed, and submitted on line.  After submitting the online application, a confirmation number is provided to the applicant, confirming active placement on the waiting list.  

Click here to complete and submit an enrollment application form

Please note: It is common for the wait for care to be a year or more from application date; therefore advance planning, particularly for Infant and Toddler care, is key.

Enrollment: Families will be contacted if and when a space becomes available at either the MGH Children's Center or the Children's Quarters; at this time, employees must provide verification of their status as a benefits-eligible employee.  Following employment eligibility verification, an enrollment intake meeting will be scheduled with the Director to discuss and finalize the enrollment process; at this time a non-refundable security deposit totaling one month’s tuition and a registration fee of $35 will be collected. The security deposit will be applied towards the first full month of care.

Openings will be filled on a first-come first-served basis by the date that the application is received. Selection will be made with consideration given to availability of slots in age groups.

Benefits-eligible employees with children currently enrolled at the MGH Children's Center or the IHP Children's Quarters will receive sibling priority status on the wait list for incoming siblings at the MGH Children's Center or the Children's Quarters.

Waiting List: We respect working families' needs for child care and encourage families on our waiting list to explore a variety of care options so that in the event we do not have a space, they will not be caught without care; it is certainly not the intent to discourage families with this information but, rather, to equip families with the typical scenario for expected wait time, which can vary depending upon age of child, desired schedule and desired start date relative to the openings as they occur.

Applications remain active on the waiting list for one year after desired start date, after which they are removed. For example, if desired start date is September 3rd, 2013, the application will remain active on the waiting list until September 3rd, 2014.

Applicants declining an offer of enrollment will be removed from the waiting list. Applicants wishing to be placed on the waiting list again after their application has been removed (either due to expiry or declining an offer of enrollment) must submit a new application.

Tuition Subsidy

MGH benefits-eligible employees with a total family income of less than $75,000 per year are eligible to apply for tuition subsidy. For information on the tuition subsidy program and how to apply, please contact Martha McNulty, Partners Director of Child Care Services, at mmcnulty5@partners.org

Meals and Snacks

Parents send lunches for Toddlers and Preschoolers and food, formula or breast milk for Infants. Two nutritious snacks will be provided by the Center each day.

The MGH Children’s Center maintains a nut-free environment.

Medical Care

The MGH Children's Center is designed for "well" child care. Medical consultation and screening is available to the Center through MGH Children's Services and Bunker Hill Pediatric and Emergency Units. The Center also makes use of other resources available through Partners to ensure a healthy and safe environment.

Parent Participation

As a work-site center, we encourage full participation and welcome visits from parents. Our goal is to create a very special community of support among parents, children and staff, where all can share in rich and rewarding experiences and in the joy of these very special years of children's development.

The staff will serve as a resource to parents through daily reports, ongoing communication, and special enrichment and educational events.

Management of the Center

The MGH Children's Center is managed by Partners Child Care Services, a unit within Partners Human Resources. The Director of the center reports to the Director of Child Care Services.

Each floor, staffed by early childhood professionals, is overseen by an Educational Coordinator. Coordinators report to the center Director.

The MGH Children's Center is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

The MGH Children's Center does not discriminate in providing services to children and their families on the basis of race, religion, disability, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Click here to download our Parent Handbook.

The IHP Children's Quarters

The Children's Quarters at the MGH Institute of Health Professions
Catherine Filene Shouse Building
36 First Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: 617-726-6010
Site Director: Christine Smith.
Email: clsmith@partners.org  

The Children's Quarters at the MGH Institute of Health Professions serves benefits-eligible employees and students of the Institute, benefits-eligible employees of Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners Corporate, Partners-affiliated institutions and the Charlestown community. The Center provides high-quality, developmentally appropriate care and is licensed to serve Infant, Toddler and Preschool age children.
 
The Children's Quarters is located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard in the Catherine Filene Shouse Building, home of the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

The Center's hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 6:15 am to 5:45 pm, 52 weeks a year, excluding holidays.

Click here for fee information.

The Program

As a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited center, we use the guidelines established by NAEYC to determine developmental appropriateness for all levels of care provided

The three classrooms at the Children's Quarters are designed to be developmentally appropriate for Infant/Toddlers, older Toddlers/Young Preschoolers and older Preschoolers.

Our classrooms are staffed by Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) certified teachers who are employed by Partners HealthCare System. The curriculum meets NAEYC standards for accreditation in early childhood programs. Our teacher/child ratio exceeds that required by EEC.

The curriculum is developmental and emergent in nature. The day is planned to provide a balanced variety of free-choice, teacher-led, and small and large group activities. The teaching staff individualizes the curriculum to meet the needs of each child in their classes.

Our philosophy is that children learn through play while being offered structured choices that focus on all areas of development. These include, social/emotional, cognitive (which includes pre-math and pre-literacy, science, and nature), self help and independence, speech and language, and small and gross motor.

Tours

Tours of the Center are offered on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00am, except in September when the tour is offered on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00am; please call the Center to confirm availability of tours.

Application, Enrollment, and Waiting List Process

Enrollment priority at the IHP Children's Quarters is granted first to benefits-eligible employees and students of the Institute, followed by benefits-eligible employees of MGH and Partners Corporate, followed by benefits-eligible employees of Partners-affiliated institutions. Running in tandem with this tiered priority, 25% of the slots are reserved for Charlestown residents. 

Application: Applications are obtained, completed, and submitted on line.  After submitting the online application, a confirmation number is provided to the applicant, confirming active placement on the waiting list.

Click here to complete and submit an enrollment application form

Please note: It is common for the wait for care to be a year or more from application date; therefore advanced planning, particularly for Infant and Toddler care, is key.

Enrollment: Families will be contacted if and when a space becomes available at either the MGH Children's Center or the Children's Quarters; at this time, employees must provide verification of their status as a benefits-eligible employee.  Following employment eligibility verification, an enrollment intake meeting will be scheduled with the Director to discuss and finalize the enrollment process; at this time a non-refundable security deposit totaling one month’s tuition and a registration fee of $35 will be collected. The security deposit will be applied towards the first full month of care.

Openings will be filled on a first-come first-served basis by the date that the application is received. Selection will be made with consideration given to availability of slots in age groups.

Benefits eligible employees with children currently enrolled at the MGH Children's Center or the IHP Children's Quarters will receive sibling priority status on the wait list for incoming siblings at the MGH Children's Center or the Children's Quarters.

Waiting List: We respect working families' needs for child care and encourage families on our waiting list to explore a variety of care options so that in the event we do not have a space, they will not be caught without care; it is certainly not the intent to discourage families with this information but, rather, to equip families with the typical scenario for expected wait time, which can vary depending upon age of child, desired schedule and desired start date relative to the openings as they occur.

Applications remain active on the waiting list for one year after desired start date, after which they are removed. For example, if desired start date is September 3rd, 2013, the application will remain active on the waiting list until September 3rd, 2014.

Applicants declining an offer of enrollment will be removed from the waiting list. Applicants wishing to be placed on the waiting list again after their application has been removed (either due to expiry or declining an offer of enrollment) must submit a new application.

Tuition Subsidy

MGH benefits-eligible employees with a total family income of less than $75,000 per year are eligible to apply for tuition subsidy. For information on the tuition subsidy program and how to apply, please contact Martha McNulty, Partners Director of Child Care Services, at mmcnulty5@partners.org

25% of our slots are reserved for Charlestown residents. Priority for the remaining openings is given to the Institute of Health Professions faculty, staff, and students, and then to employees of Partners HealthCare System.

Meals and Snacks

Parents provide lunch each day and the Children's Quarters provides two nutritious snacks each day.

The Children’s Quarters maintains a nut-free environment.

Medical Care

The Children's Quarters is designed for "well" child care. Medical consultation and screening is available to the Center through MGH Children's Services and Bunker Hill Pediatric and Emergency Units. The Center also makes use of other resources available through Partners to ensure a healthy and safe environment.

Parent Participation

As a work-site childcare program, we encourage full participation and welcome visits from parents. Our goal is to create a very special community of support among parents, children, and staff, where all can share in rich and rewarding experiences and in the joy of these very special years of children's development.

The staff will serve as a resource to parents through daily reports, ongoing communication, and special enrichment and educational events.

Management of the Center

The IHP Children's Quarters is managed by Partners Child Care Services, a unit within Partners Human Resources. The Director of the center reports to the Director of Child Care Services.

The Children's Quarters is licensed by the Massachusetts EEC.

The Children's Quarters does not discriminate in providing service to children and their families on the basis of race, religion, disability, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Click here to download our Parent Handbook.

 

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