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: “MIT GAIN: The Graduate Assistance and Information Network”:  Call toll free phone number 1‐844‐MIT‐GAIN 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.
  • Seminar Series and Support Groups: Knowledgeable speakers address topics including sessions relevant to work-life issues, parenting, managing stress, and caring for aging relatives.
  • Subsidized Backup Child CareBackup care 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.

MIT SPOUSES AND PARTNERS CONNECT 

A dedicated network for the significant others of MIT students, postdocs, staff, and faculty who have relocated to the Boston area. We organize activities that help you meet people, discover work and career opportunities, improve your English, share experiences and passions, and get information about living and parenting in Boston. Activities for parents include:
New parents and parents-to-be
A peer led-group for expectant parents or new parents of newborns up to one year old.
Toddler PlayGroup
A playgroup where MIT parents and children can find a place to play, sing, and read           stories together.
Kids Clothing Exchange
Held in October and April, this biannual exchange includes kids clothing, outwear, shoes, toys, and books for children ages 0-5.

MIT SPOUSES AND PARTNERS CONNECT – NEW TO MIT

Some useful resources to help you adjust to your new life. Here you’ll find information about childcare and parenting, education and English studies, work and volunteering options, and other ways to get involved with MIT and in the local community.

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 Family‐Focused 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 out‐of‐cycle funding request for community‐building 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.

Employment Opportunities at MIT for Spouses

SOCIAL NETWORKS

MIT Medical

Graduate Student Dental Plan

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