How Do I...?

In addition to offering convenient onsite and backup child care options for MIT employees, postdocs, and graduate students, the MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing also has a network of professionals available for guidance and advice as families navigate the child care and school systems and consider their various options. 

How do I access resources on schools and summer camps for my children?

Visit Schools and Summer Camps to explore resources on a wide range of topics, including:

  • choosing public and private schools
  • relocating to Boston with school-age children
  • the American school system (for international families)
  • entering school 
  • changing schools
  • special needs advocacy
  • gifted learner programs
  • handing discipline at school

How do I access MIT child care resources?

Visit Child Care / Schools to explore the full range of child care resources and children’s programs available to you through your MIT Benefits, including child care centers, nannies and babysitters, after-school programs, temporary care providers, summer camps, and playgroups.

We support the parents and families in our MIT community at every stage of their child’s life.

For more information, visit:

How do I access emergency or backup child care through MIT?

You can access backup child care, provided by, in your home or at a licensed child care center, near your home or workplace. 

Backup child care can assist when normal child care or school arrangements are disrupted by school closings, vacations, provider illness, or a child's mild illness. You have the following two backup child care options:

  • Care at your workplace or other meeting place seven days a week, 24/7, through
  • Care at a licensed care center near your 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.

MIT faculty, staff, and postdoctoral associates and fellows can request up to 15 child care and/or adult care referrals per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) without being charged registration or placement fees. 

Learn more and register.