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.


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.


Sponsored by the MIT Work-Life Center, MIT MyLife Services provides MIT faculty, staff, postdocs – and families – 24/7 access to a network of experts who are available to help with life concerns.

Comprehensive Special Needs Resource

For parents of children who are struggling with developmental, emotional, or learning challenges from birth through young adulthood, the Bright Horizons Special Needs program can help. Get information via online resources and a live seminar and webinar series to help you research, advocate for, and support your child's individual learning needs.

Teens and Young Adults

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.


See our guide to child care and school enrollment (PDF) for families new to the area.

Additional Resources

  • Adoptive Families @ MIT—A group of more than 140 MIT families; events, listserv, resources, Big Sibling program
  • Community Wellness at MIT Medical—Classes and groups on childbirth, nursing, and new parenting,  as well as books, videos, CDs, and pamphlets on such topics as nutrition, sexual health, parenting, aging, and mental health
  • Spouses & Partners @ MIT—Special events, interest groups, networking, and family resources
  •—A group for full-time graduate students and postdocs who are mothers; a monthly lunch is held in the Margaret Cheney Room (3-310), with dates announced via the listserv; to subscribe, email