Referral Service Statement

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The Office of Family Resources is committed to parental choice when selecting child care arrangements. We are, therefore, not a placement service, but an office that can facilitate your choice by identifying available child care providers and offering resources to help you appropriately assess these providers based on your needs. We have information on child care providers near Boston University and in the surrounding communities. Our goal is to provide you with information so that you can make the most informed decision based on your needs. As the parent, you are best able to evaluate child care providers and select one that best fits your child’s needs and your family values. You will feel the most comfortable with a situation that you yourself chose.

Responsibility for selecting and employing a provider for your child rests with you. It is of utmost importance that you carefully interview and check references of each prospective child care provider. This department gives no guarantee as to the quality of any child care provider nor does it recommend any program or provider. We support you, as parents, in making your own personal decisions regarding child care by providing information for available care and by offering you the opportunity to become acquainted with the issues involved in choosing child care.

Looking for child care is hard work. No one can do it for you. We urge you to be comparison shoppers and to give yourself time to visit each facility, and interview and evaluate providers carefully. Only then can you make an informed choice and feel good about your decision.

Remember that choosing a child care arrangement is a tedious and time consuming process, so you must plan ahead. Even after you have settled into an arrangement and think your child care needs have been met, you may find yourself considering a change due to a change in your personal life or because your child has grown and, as a result, has different child care needs.  In the beginning, you may want the consistency of one adult in a familiar setting. As your child grows, you may feel the need to expand his/her environment. Depending upon your child’s disposition and personality, you may decide on a small group or a large group setting. There is no one way to make your decision. The right way is based solely upon the needs of your family. You must educate yourself, explore what is available, and then trust your instincts.

After having read the above information, you may now have an idea about the type of child care arrangement you might want to pursue for your child. In order for the Office of Family Resources to to provide resource and referral information to members of the Boston University community, families must complete and submit the referral service statement.

Please note that you must be currently affiliated with Boston University and you must provide proof of affiliation (e.g. BU ID number) before the Office of Family Resources can provide you resource and referral information.

There are two ways to access the Referral Statement Form:

  1. Contact us in order to request a copy of the Referral Statement Form
  2. Print and complete the Referral Statement Form Referral Statement Form

Once you have completed and signed the Referral Statement Form, please mail or fax it to our office and we will contact you to further discuss your child care needs.

Office of Family Resources
985 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Fax: (617) 353-2333