Backup Child Care & Adult Care for Employees and Postdoctoral Fellows

All MIT benefits-eligible faculty, staff, and postdocs, as well as postdoctoral fellows, can receive care at home through BackupCare provided by Parents in a Pinch, Inc. 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.

NEW: MIT is offering a new, one-year pilot program of subsidized backup childcare for MIT undergraduate and graduate students. The pilot program will run from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. 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 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.

Please complete the pre-registration form online, or call the Benefits Office at 617-324-5993 for additional assistance.

Step 2: You must register with Parents in a Pinch (either now or when you call to set up care).  

Please complete the registration form online at or call Parents in a Pinch at 1-855-781-1303, extension 1.  For online registration, click on Register for Your Corporate Benefit on the top right of the Parents in a Pinch homepage. Complete all pages of the Client Registration Form.

Learn More

Additional information about the backup child care referral service:

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.

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