Originally established as the Child Care Office in 1970, the MIT Work-Life Center has maintained a strong commitment to supporting the child care needs of MIT families.
Over the years, we have built a robust network of resources that help our MIT families access quality child care services. In addition to offering convenient onsite and backup child care options for MIT employees, postdocs, and graduate students, we also have a network of professionals available for guidance and advice as families navigate the child care and school systems and consider their various options.
MIT child care centers
MIT child care centers
The MIT Work-Life Center partners with Bright Horizons to manage all MIT child care centers, which go by the name Technology Childcare Centers (TCC). Learn more.
Child care scholarships
MIT offers child care scholarships to income-eligible MIT faculty, staff, postdoc associates, and postdoc fellows, who have a child or children enrolled in one of the MIT Technology Childcare Centers (TCC). Learn more.
Backup child care
Backup child care provided by Care.com can assist when normal child care or school arrangements are disrupted by school closings, vacations, provider illness, or a child's mild illness. To provide families with increased scheduling and cost flexibility, The MIT Work-Life Center now offers families the option of in-center child backup care, in additional to in-home child backup care.
Group child care for MIT meetings
Group child care can be arranged through Care.com Child Backup Care for MIT meetings on campus and at Lincoln Laboratory. Call Care.com at 866-228-2965 for additional information.
Choosing quality child care, schools and summer camps
The MIT Work-Life Center offers a comprehensive network of resources to assist MIT community members in finding and choosing quality child care services, schools and summer camps for children of all ages.
Choosing Quality Child Care sessions
These monthly introductory discussions are specially designed for expectant parents and those new to parenting or child care. Each 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. These sessions are open to the entire MIT community, and are held from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in Building NE49-5000 on the following dates:
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.