Ladder ACCESS Program
Access to Child Care Excellence, Services, and Support
The Ladder ACCESS Program is an initiative for ladder faculty designed to help tenured and tenure-track faculty meet their family care-giving needs while succeeding throughout their academic careers. It makes awards (ranging from $5,000 to $20,000) available to ladder faculty parents of children under the age of 6. The amount of the award depends on household income and claimed child care expenses are reimbursed three times a year. The program is administered through Harvard University’s Office of Work/Life.
Harvard offers separate child care scholarship programs for different employee groups. This program, developed for ladder faculty at Harvard applies to: Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Professors, University Professors, Professors of Practice, Benjamin Peirce Lecturers, and Convertible Instructors.
The next application cycle for the Ladder ACCESS child care scholarship will be available online via PeopleSoft July 17 through August 14, 2013 for currently employed tenured and tenure-track faculty. Look for an announcement email from Senior Vice Provost, Judy Singer. A smaller second round will be held from August 28 through September 11 for those newly-hired ladder faculty with hire dates after August 1, 2013.
Eligibility - The Ladder Access program is a childcare scholarship program open to faculty who:
Further eligibility requirements and answers to common questions can be found in the Ladder ACCESS FAQ: Rules & Eligibility Guidelines.
Required Documentation – before you begin:
The program uses a sliding scale based on family income to determine awards ($5,000 to $20,000). The application therefore asks you for information on your family’s anticipated income from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 (Harvard's fiscal year). Before you begin the application, you may want to assemble the following documents for your reference. You will also be asked to submit copies of these documents after you complete the online application. Paperwork will be accepted by secure mail only and must be postmarked by 5pm, Wednesday, August 14, 2013 for the first round.
How to apply:
The application is online via PeopleSoft (you will need your HUID and PIN). Applying for the ACCESS program using the link below is simple:
APPLY NOW! through PeopleSoft (go to Self-Service -> Childcare Scholarship App)
If you have more questions, please see the FAQs contained within the FAQ: Rules & Eligibility Guidelines. You will find answers to question such as: Am I eligible? How much can I expect to receive? When can I expect to receive funds? What if my spouse/partner is unemployed? And much more.
The program is administered by the Office of Work/Life; feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-495-5933 with any questions.