Backup Child Care for Employees and Postdoctoral Fellows

Backup Child Care for Employees and Postdoctoral Fellows

All current benefits-eligible MIT faculty, staff, postdoc associates, and postdoc fellows can receive backup care at home through BackupCare, provided by Parents in a Pinch. Whether the need is child care, care for an aging parent, another family member who needs assistance, or even yourself, consider BackupCare. The screened and trained caretakers are available day or evening, 7 days a week.

MIT is pleased to offer a program of subsidized backup child care for MIT undergraduate and graduate students as part of our support for student families. This program is sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education and administered by the MIT Work-Life Center. Learn more.

About Backup Child Care

Backup child care providers can assist when normal child care or school arrangements are disrupted by school closings, vacations, or provider illness, or when a child is mildly ill. Child care providers are available to come to your home, workplace, or another meeting place.

MIT faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows can request up to 15 child care and/or adult care referrals per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) without being charged registration or placement fees. Care is available any time of day or night, any day of the week, once you have registered.

How to Register for Backup Child Care

Step 1: Complete MIT’s Employee Status Verification Form, so that MIT can verify your eligibility for this service.

Step 2: Register with Backup Care at or call 855-781-1303, extension 2.

How to Request Backup Child Care from

Once you have completed MIT’s Employee Status Verification Form and registered with Backup Care, you can request backup child care at or call 855-781-1303, extension 2. Their call-in hours are:

  • Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST
  • Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST
  • Sunday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. EST (for care needed the following day).

When you call to request backup child care:

  • Identify yourself as an MIT employee or postdoctoral fellow.
  • will: identify a caregiver who meets your specific needs, call to tell you about your caregiver, and will email you the caregiver profile. The caregiver will also call you to confirm the details of the child care appointment.
  • You are responsible for paying the hourly cost of the child caregiver, which is currently $16.00 per hour in Massachusetts (with a minimum of four hours per day).
  • At the end of the backup child care service, you will need to sign the provided timesheet, and your credit card will be charged for the hours of care provided.

Learn More

Additional information about the backup child care referral service:

Group Child Care for MIT Meetings

Group child care (PDF) can also be arranged through Parents in a Pinch for MIT meetings on campus and at Lincoln Laboratory.