Resources for New Parents

The resources below may be helpful to you as a new parent.

Breastfeeding support at MIT

MIT provides a supportive environment for nursing mothers by offering special work policies and lactation resources. This includes:

  • Breastfeeding tips and resources for nursing mothers
  • Guidelines and tips for supervisors/managers of nursing mothers
  • Lactation rooms across campus, which offer privacy and various amenities for nursing mothers

Learn more. Backup Child Care

MIT employees, Postdoc Associates, and Postdoc Fellows receive up to 15 days of backup child care per year. Care is coordinated through and provided by in-home caregivers and child care centers within the network. This includes:

  • In-Home Backup Child Care: $16.00 per hour in Massachusetts. Register here.
  • In-Center Backup Child Care: $35.00 per child per day in Massachusetts. Register here.

MIT Choosing Quality Child Care Sessions

Monthly introductory discussions, facilitated by the MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing, for new parents. These include:

  • Infant and toddler child care options
  • Child care costs
  • How to find and evaluate your child care choices
  • Planning your parental leave
  • Transitioning to parenting

Learn more.

MIT MyLife Services

This free and confidential benefit for MIT employees, Postdoc Associates, Postdoc Fellows, and their families allows you to explore a variety of topics with a master’s or Ph.D.-level professional. These include:

  • Adjusting to parenthood
  • Post-partum depression
  • Returning to work
  • Child development
  • Stress and general well-being

An MIT MyLife Services representative also can help by finding and researching various services and resources related to child care. These include:

  • Lactation support
  • Types of child care
  • Choosing child care
  • Costs of child care
  • Scholarships
  • Special needs 

Learn more.

MIT Technology Child Care Centers (TCC)

The Institute’s five Technology Child Care Centers (TCC) were developed in the spirit of MIT. Each is a dynamic and nurturing multicultural environment where children participate in adventures promoting invention and discovery. MIT child care centers are administered through the MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing. Learn more

MIT Medical classes for new parents

  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Getting Ready for Baby
  • Childbirth Class (only available to members of the MIT Medical Healthcare Plan)
  • Breastfeeding Class
  • Postpartum Support Class

Learn more.