Harvard Yard Child Care Center was founded in 1971 as a non-profit, cooperative child care center and preschool, serving children from three months through five years of age, in Cambridge, MA.


We are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Parents sign 12 month contracts (End of August through mid-August the following year).

The center is closed for a week in December as well as the a week towards the middle to end of August. Official holidays also result in center closings.


The center provides healthy snacks such as fresh fruits, crackers and milk. Children bring their own lunches from home.

Yoga is provided for toddler and preschool aged children once a week through Flower Yoga with Tara Rachel Jones. Namaste!

Music class is provided for each classroom once a week through Lenka Zbruz from Music Together of Belmont.


At Harvard Yard Child Care Center we take a developmental approach to our work with children. We pull from the teachings of Vygotsky, Montessori, the schools of Reggio Emilia, and above all, Piaget, for it is through play that children make new skills and concepts their own. We work in partnership with parents to build a community with children as our primary focus. Our goal is a warm, safe and stimulating environment in which children, parents and our professional staff may grow. We believe that every member of our community – children and adults – can benefit from an atmosphere that combines cooperation with respect and appreciation for the individual.


If you have any questions please feel free to call us at (617) 547-3432. You may also e-mail our Director, Paula Jarausch, at hyccc.director@campus-cc.org