Resources for grad families

Graduate students’ families (a spouse, partner and/or children) contribute to the rich diversity of the MIT community; 49% of graduate students report having a spouse or partner and 9% report having one or more children (2011 Enrolled Graduate Student Survey). For graduate student families with children, the dual role of parenting and being a graduate student is challenging, for example with regards to finances, childcare, and scheduling. Simultaneously, there is great opportunity for families of graduate students to share in the rich MIT culture. MIT is committed to supporting our graduate students with families; following is a list of available resources including various offices, services, groups and networks. Download this page as a PDF document.

Useful Before You Arrive at MIT

Division of Student Life OnCampus Housing For Graduate Students With Families

  • Eastgate Apartments: 201 unfurnished 1 &2 bedroom units; family resources within the residence
  • Westgate Apartments: 208 unfurnished efficiency, 1 & 2 bedroom units; family resources within the residence

Family – oriented programming is also offered within the graduate families residences.

MIT Technology Childcare Centers (TCC)

TCC includes three child care centers in Cambridge, one in Lexington, and coming soon, The David H. Koch Childcare Center (see MIT News article). Full time and part time infant, toddler, and preschool care is available, with a limited number of slots for graduate student families.

MIT WorkLife Center

Room E19611, Phone 617 2531592, E mail worklife@mit.edu

  • By phone: “WorkLife Resources 24/7”:  Call toll free phone number 18778474523 Service offered free of charge to admitted MIT graduate students. Consultants can provide information about off-campus childcare and Boston/Cambridge area schools, elder/adult care, schools, legal/ financial concerns, relocation and daily living.
  • In person : Services such as individual consultations and referrals on child care and parenting, elder care, balancing work and personal life, are available at no cost to MIT students, staff, and faculty, as well as to their partners and families. Also houses a lending library with more than 1,000 books for adults and children on a wide variety of work life topics.

MIT Spouses& Partners Newcomers Guide

Provides information on moving to and living in Boston/Cambridge; money and finances, including career connect; bills and utilities; transportation; MIT ID cards for spouses and partners; language conversation exchange.

MIT FamilyNet Website

Online community where members can network and share information via the searchable member database and member-initiated groups and forums on a variety of topics, which include parenting, child care, English language learning, housing, health and insurance, employment, and educational opportunities.

After You Arrive at MIT

Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE)

Room 3 138, Phone 617 253 4860, E mail odge@mit.edu

The ODGE comprises the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, the International Students Office, and the Graduate Student Council; together, they foster academic excellence and quality of life for MIT’s community of graduate students. The ODGE has focused areas of its current strategic plan on programs that effectively serve the identified needs of graduate student families.

  • Childbirth Accommodation  (Paid Maternity Leave)
    A student anticipating childbirth is eligible for Childbirth Accommodation, and may choose a period of one to two months. For students with RA appointments, the Fund will cover tuition and stipend. For TA appointments, the stipend component will be paid from the Fund, and the student will not  be responsible for the TA tuition component.
  • Apply for a Graduate Student Life Grant (GSLG) for FamilyFocused Initiatives:
    Provide resources to families such as babysitting nights and social activities on campus for parents and children. The deadline for 2013 2014 grant proposals is 11:59pm on Friday, October 18, 2013. Contact the Grants program with questions at gslg@mit.edu.
  • Apply for an outofcycle funding request for communitybuilding activities and events
  • Graduate Student Council (GSC)
    Family Activities are supported through the GSC Funding Board. Past activities have included Eastgate Fall Orientation BBQ, Westgate Christmas Party, Families 101.
  • Join the GSC Housing and Community Affairs (HCA) Families Subcommittee
    Currently working on increasing family housing options, advocating for more affordable on‐  and off campus childcare options, maintaining high quality and affordable health care, and improving campus safety for families.

BACKUP CHILD CARE FOR STUDENTS

A new program of subsized backup childcare for MIT undergraduate and graduate students. Backup childcare provided by Parents in a Pinch, Inc. at a subsidized hourly rate. Screened and trained caregivers are available on short notice to provide childcare, day or evening, 7 days a week. MIT students can request up to 10 childcare referrals annually, for a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 8 hours daily.

Employment Opportunities at MIT for Spouses

MIT Medical

Graduate Student Dental Plan

MIT Spouses&Partners

Provides information and referrals that connect spouses and partners with resources both at MIT and in the Boston area. Specific information on resources for international newcomers, work and volunteering, health care, groups and activities, parenting resources, childcare and schooling options in the Cambridge area. Organizes weekly meetings, interest groups, trips and annual events. Member led parent child groups: Moms to be, New Moms Group, BabyNet Play Group.

Grad Moms

Group for graduate students and postdocs who are mothers. Monthly lunches.

MIT Council on Family and Work

The Council on Family and Work monitors the quality of life at MIT and shares its impressions with senior administrators, key committees, and the larger community.

PERSONAL SUPPORT AND COUNSELING