Child Care

Work-Life maintains a strong commitment to supporting the child care needs of MIT families.

We offer 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

We partner with Bright Horizons to manage all MIT Technology Childcare Centers (TCC).

Child care scholarships
MIT offers child care scholarships to income-eligible MIT staff, faculty, postdoc associates, and postdoc fellows who have a child or children enrolled in one of the MIT Technology Childcare Centers (TCC).

Backup child care

Benefits-eligible MIT staff, faculty, and postdocs (associates and fellows) can request up to 15 days of backup child care per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

Eligible MIT graduate students can request up to 15 days of backup child care per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) or date of graduation, whichever comes first.

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Choosing quality child care, schools and summer camps

We offer 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. 

Relocating with a family to MIT? 

The Center is pleased to provide a Guide to Child Care and School Enrollment for families who are planning to relocate to the Greater Cambridge and Boston areas. Please review this guide and contact the Center for further assistance if needed.

Choosing Quality Child Care Sessions

These 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.

View our upcoming parenting webinars, including Choosing Quality Child Care.

MIT MyLife Services

MIT MyLife Services—a benefit for staff, faculty, 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.

MIT's portable child care subsidy

MIT's Portable Child Care Subsidy (PCCS) program provides a benefit to eligible employees to address the high costs of childcare—an ongoing challenge for many employees and families.

For eligible employees who apply and are approved, MIT will fund Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (DCFSA) with pre-tax contributions ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 per calendar year. The subsidy amount is based on family household income and number of eligible children. Taxable subsidy amounts may also be allocated, depending on the number of eligible children per household.

If you are eligible, you may apply for this subsidy during MIT's annual Open Enrollment period. Learn more about this benefit.

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