forgot to check back to the thread, sorry!
I'm sorry talking with the housing office was discouraging. I'm one of those residents who plans things for residents... there is a rent reduction, but its not a whole lot. It does help, though.
The divinity school housing is actually just across the street from my complex. I don't know whether there is any children's programming there, but there is a small playground and also a large grassy area. There is also a small organic garden co-op right there called Divinity Farm
. Looks pretty cool and we might join in this summer.
The housing also has the benefit of being right at the divinity school, so you'd be able to do away with the second car. I agree, you don't want to drive to classes. There's not much parking and what's there is expensive.
If you were to find a place further out... Guilford or even Old Saybrook, another option would be to take the train in. I know there are a fair number of professors/ post grads who do this. It would be quite a walk from the train station to the divinity school. But I do believe the Yale Shuttle might stop at the station or near by.
Schools.... the only one I've ever heard anything
good about is Worthington Hooker. It is down the street from the Div School Housing and very walkable. If this is going to be a possibility for your kids, you'll need to keep an eye on the enrollment date. The school can be very difficult to get into, people get in line at the crack of dawn enrollment day. I know somebody who got her grad housing apt lease to be drawn up in may and began paying rent so she would be a resident in order to get her kid in!
Gotta run, but I'll try to remember to check back to the thread.