The Center offers an internationally recognized program of services to support those in the community who are raising children, including biological and adoptive parents, step-parents, guardians, grandparents, extended family, foster parents, and others responsible for children's care.
Coordinated by Rae Simpson, PhD, program director for parenting education and research, the Center provides many resources for families, including:
Schedule a confidential consultation to talk over such parenting issues as discipline, separation and divorce, adolescence, multicultural concerns, schooling, giftedness, special needs, and more. Consultations are by appointment, free of charge, and open to members of the MIT community only. Call 617.253.1592, or email us.
The Center sponsors a Work-Life Resources 24/7 call center at 877-847-4523 that is available 24/7 to provide information on a wide range of Institute-based and community programs and services, including schools, enrichment programs, mental health services, and more. For additional information about specific MIT resources, contact the Center at 617.253.1592, or email us to see how we can help you find what you need. Open to members of the MIT community only.
Rae Simpson is available to give presentations and informal workshops on topics related to parenting—including raising teens, parenting young adults, and other issues.
The Center's library includes a wide range of books on parenting issues, such as adolescence, balancing work and family, child development, discipline, separation and divorce, schooling and education, special needs, and expectant and new parenthood. The collection is continually updated, and members of the MIT community are welcome to suggest new titles. Open to members of the MIT community only.
Learn about Raising Teens: A Synthesis of Research and a Foundation for Action, a report funded by the MacArthur Foundation and published by the Harvard School of Public Health. Also explore the MIT Young Adult Development Project website, which outlines research into the critical period of maturation that occurs between ages 18 and 25.