Child Care Information

Child Care Information

The Center offers a comprehensive network of resources to assist MIT community members in finding or using child care services for children of all ages. Such services include child care centers, family child care, nannies and babysitters, after-school programs, temporary care providers, summer camps, and playgroups.

The MIT Work-Life Center's child care services are overseen by Ronnie Mae Weiss, MSW, the Center's Senior Program Manager.

Resources include:

Choosing Quality Child Care

These monthly introductory discussions are specially designed for expectant parents and those new to parenting or child care. Each Choosing Child Care session addresses your different infant and toddler child care options, what child care costs, how to find and evaluate your child care choices, planning your parental leave, and the transition to parenting.

Choosing Child Care sessions, which are open to the MIT community, are held monthly from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in Building NE49-5000; preregistration is required.

MIT MyLife Services

MIT MyLife Services—a benefit for faculty, staff, postdocs, and their families—offers a wealth of information about types of child care, choosing child care, costs, scholarships and financial aid, and more, as well as referrals to local programs.

MIT GAIN (Graduate Assistance and Information Network)

MIT GAIN—a 24/7 network of professionals for MIT graduate students—provides personalized resources and referrals for child care, schools and summer camps for children in grades K-12, relocation guidance, and more.

Backup Child Care Programs

MIT offers backup child care referrals to benefits-eligible employees and postdoctoral fellows through BackupCare. The program provides screened and trained in-home or in-center caregivers to supply temporary care while the employee is at work. 

MIT also offers backup child care referrals to MIT students through BackupCare.

There are now two backup child care options that provide increased scheduling and cost flexibility. You and your family have the following two backup child care options:

  • Child Care Providers Can Come To Your Home, workplace or other meeting place seven days a week, 24/7, through; 
  • You Can Select a Licensed Child Care Center, near home or work, through These child care centers accept children from ages 6 weeks to 12 years and are available Monday through Friday, during daytime hours. 

Group Child Care for MIT Meetings

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

MIT Child Care Centers

MIT has a rich selection of on-site, center-based child care options, including the state-of-the-art Stata child care center, Eastgate with its separate North Court facility for infants, the child care co-operative at Westgate, Lincoln Child Care Center, and The David H. Koch Childcare Center at 219 Vassar. For more information, view the MIT Child Care Centers summary or contact the MIT Work-Life Center.

Child Care Scholarships

MIT offers child care scholarships to income-eligible MIT employees, postdoctoral associates, and postdoctoral fellows who have a child or children enrolled in one of MIT's Technology Children's Centers.