Frequently Asked Questions

How old does my child need to be to apply for OSDC 
Classes are: infants (3 - 15 months), toddlers (12 - 24 months), stompers (2 - 3 years), and preschoolers (2.9 years - 5 years). Children must be within noted age category by September, as OSCDC is a 12-month contracted program beginning in September and running through August. 

Am I expected to “teach” the children and plan curriculum during my parent help shift?
No, that is the responsibility of the teacher in the room. Your role as parent helper is to help assist the teacher for that day, in whatever capacity he/she may need you for (i.e., cutting fruit for snack, reading a story, helping rub children’s backs at nap, or just play and be silly!) 

What happens if I go on vacation for a month or more at a time? Am I required to still pay tuition? 
Yes, you are still required to pay tuition, as well as fulfill your parent help duties. As a not-for-profit center, we rely on monthly tuition payments to cover paying staff salaries and other operating expenses. 

What information do I need to fill out the Child and Dependent Care Expenses form on my tax return (Form 2441 or 1040A Schedule 2)? 
Care provider’s name: Oxford Street Daycare Cooperative
Address: 25 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Identifying number (EIN): 042-531-982
Please contact the OSDC staff if you need help calculating the amount of tuition you have paid over the course of the year.