If you plan to bring your children to the United States with you while
studying or working at Boston University, you will most likely need
to make arrangements for childcare and/or schooling for them. Cost
and quality of childcare and schooling varies widely between institutions,
so it is important to carefully consider all options and make the
best choice for you and your child.
Boston University Resources
The Boston University Office of Family Resources offers assistance
to BU students, faculty and staff. Their services include part-time
and full-time early childhood learning centers, a babysitting
referral service, school vacation programs, and community referrals
for childcare resources. Visit their website at www.bu.edu/family for complete
listings and details of their services.
a website that offers listings of childcare providers in Massachusetts,
news about parenting, community bulletin boards for parents, child
health information and activities for children.
The Boston Parents' Paper provides many ideas for classes,
entertainment, schools, special events, where to buy children's
clothes or furniture, etc. Look in any public library for a free
issue. Or, to subscribe for one year, send a check for $15 to: Boston
Parents' Paper, 670 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Telephone:
WarmLines Parent Resources is an organization that connects
parents to each other. For $90 you can become a member and may participate
in playgroups. A computerized system will match you with other mothers,
help you find childcare or babysitters, or guide you to over 100
pre-schools. Call 617-244-4636 for more information.
www.ccrcinc.org is the website
for the Childcare Resource Center
Massachusetts state law mandates that all children aged six years
or older must be enrolled in school.
Department of Education site provides information on all of
the schools and school districts in Massachusetts, as well as news
and regulations about education.
The Boston Area Yellow Pages lists all schools in the area under
the subject heading "schools." You can contact schools directly
to find out about enrollment and entrance requirements.
Activities for Children
In the United States, much emphasis is placed on children being active.
It is not unusual for children to be enrolled in many different kinds
of lessons (such as music, art, dance, swimming, gymnastics, etc.)
and/or sports (such as baseball, soccer, hockey, etc.). Getting your
child involved in these types of activities can allow them to fit
in better with American children as well as make friends.
- The YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) and YWCA
(Young Women's Christian Association) offer many sporting
activities for both adults and children. Look in the business
section of the phone book for the closest branch to you, or call
the Boston Central Office at 617-536-7800.
- There are many gymnastics and dance centers in the area; most
will offer classes for babies through adolescents. Look in the
Yellow Pages under Gymnastics Instruction or Dance Instruction.
- Ask other parents or teachers in your child's school for recommendations
of lessons or teams that your child would be interested in.