MIT is pleased to offer a program of subsidized backup childcare 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 and Adult 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.
Backup adult care providers can offer companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, or prompts for medications. They can also provide personal care, such as assistance with bathing and dressing, and can accompany an adult to a doctor's appointment if needed. Adult care providers are available to come to your home or to the home of your family member.
How It Works
MIT faculty, staff, and postdocs can request up to 15 child care and/or adult care referrals annually without being charged any registration or placement fees. You are responsible for paying the hourly cost of the child and adult caregivers, which is currently $16.00 per hour in Massachusetts (with a minimum of four hours per day). Your credit card will be charged for the hourly cost of care once the care is complete and the hours have been confirmed.
Care is available any time of day or night, any day of the week, once you have pre-registered.
Once you have registered and you would like to set up care, call Care.com BackupCare provided by Parents in a Pinch directly. For Adult Care or Child Care, call 1-855-781-1303 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8 am - 5 pm. For Child Care only, you may also arrange care during extended hours by calling 1-855-781-1303, extension 1. Extended hours for child care callers are Sunday evenings 5 pm - 8 pm, Monday through Thursday 7 am - 8 am and 5 pm - 8 pm, and Friday 7 am - 8 am.
How to Register
Step 1: You must pre-register with MIT, so that MIT can verify your eligibility for this service.
Step 2: You must register with Parents in a Pinch (either now or when you call to set up care).
Additional information about the backup child care referral service:
- Frequently Asked Questions for Child Care (PDF)
- Screening of Childcare Providers (PDF)
- Tips for Working with a Temporary Caregiver (PDF)
Additional information about the backup adult 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.