About the Center

The MIT Work-Life Center offers a range of direct services and spearheads projects that enhance the quality of life for the MIT community. Services such as consultations and referrals are available at no cost to MIT students, staff, and faculty, as well as to their partners and families.

While the Center delivers important services to individuals, we also focus on the high-level systems and infrastructures that affect the quality of life at MIT, promote best practices in national and international work-life forums, and assist in the development of new policies and services. The Center operates within the Institute's Human Resources Department.

Some of the Center's projects and achievements include:

  • Connecting with Workplace Options to provide Work-Life Resources 24/7 phone support at 877-847-4523 to assist MIT's global mission and to help MIT community members with a broad range of personal issues, including relocation here or abroad, child care, elder care, legal or financial questions, identifying volunteer opportunities, and much more.
  • Overseeing MIT's child care initiative, including the design of MIT's child care center located within the Frank Gehry–designed Stata Center and the development The David H. Koch Childcare Center at 219 Vassar that will nearly double child care available on campus.
  • Co-leading the development of FamilyNet, an online community for MIT families that offers a babysitting exchange, forums, and other resources.
  • Analyzing and disseminating key research knowledge on the care of teens and young adults.
  • Founding two national organizations: the College and University Work/Family Association and the National Parenting Education Network.
  • Achieving recognition as a national model by professional organizations and conferences.