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.


Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year we will be open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Parents sign 12 month contracts (September through August).

The center is closed for a week in December as well as the a week towards the 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.


Developmentalism defines our basic approach to early childhood education. As a former parents’ cooperative, we build a community with children as our primary focus. We work together to give children a warm, safe and stimulating environment. We support parents and professionals to strengthen their partnerships in care-giving. 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 hycccdirector@gmail.com