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 coordinated by Kathy Luneau Simons, MS, program manager for work-life and child care initiatives.
An introductory discussion for expectant parents and those new to parenting or child care, each briefing covers types of care, costs, how to find and evaluate care, and parental leave. Briefings, which are open to the MIT community only, are held monthly from noon to 1:30 pm in Room 16-151; preregistration is required.
MIT's Work-Life Resources 24/7 program 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. The program also has information on schools, camps, parenting, financial planning, and other issues. Consultants are available by phone 24/7 to help, including finding caregivers. Call 877-847-4523.
MIT offers backup child care referrals to benefits-eligible employees and postdoctoral fellows through Parents in a Pinch. The program provides screened and trained in-home caregivers to supply temporary care while the employee is at work.
Group child care (PDF) can be arranged through Parents in a Pinch for MIT meetings on campus and at Lincoln Laboratory.
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 soon-to-be-developed new center at 219 Vassar, opening fall 2013. For more information, view the MIT Child Care Centers summary or contact the MIT Work-Life Center.
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.
Through MIT's Work-Life Resources 24/7 program, the Center offers an online database of day camps in the Boston area for children of all ages, including academic programs, specialty camps, and more. Work-Life Resources also offers additional listings, information, and referrals to day and overnight camps in the Greater Boston area and across the country.