Family Benefits & Resources for Faculty

General Resources for Family Support 

MIT Work-Life Center

The MIT Work-Life Center offers a range of direct services and resources to promote the health and well-being of MIT community members and their families. The Center also provides a free 24-7 consultation line to help with many work-life questions and issues, small or large. 

The Center has compiled resources specifically meant for faculty members at their Faculty Work-Life site

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Family Leave

School of Science Policy on Faculty Leaves

The School of Science offers fully paid leave to new birth, adoptive, or foster parents, regardless of gender. Leave can be taken within a year of the arrival of the child, with the understanding that parents plan to spend the majority of their academic time providing care.

MIT Policies on Personal Leaves of Absence

New parents can take additional unpaid leave for newborn or newly placed child care or care for family members with serious health conditions in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act.  

Faculty Teaching Relief

Faculty members, regardless of gender, will be released from teaching administrative duties for one semester at full pay if they wish to spend the majority of their academic time caring for a newborn or newly placed child.  

Tenure Clock Extension for Childbearing and Child Rearing

Any faculty member who bears a child during the tenure probationary period will automatically receive a tenure clock extension of one year. Requests for tenure clock extensions for any additional children or extensions for partners and adoptive parents may be submitted to the Provost for approval.

Part-Time Appointments with Tenure for Family Care

Any tenured faculty member who needs time for family care may request a reduced-time and reduced-pay appointment for one or more semesters up to five years from the Dean of the School of Science. 

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Child & Elder Care

Adult and Senior Care

The Work-Life Center offers several resources to support MIT community members who care for senior or adult family members, including free consultations with geriatric social workers, senior care support groups, and backup care for adult and senior family members.

Backup Adult and Child Care Programs

Eligible MIT employees can sign up for BackupCare to arrange for day or night in-home care for children or another family member who needs assistance. Employees are responsible for the hourly cost of screened and trained caretakers. 

Child Care Information

The Work-Life Center provides workshops and resources for finding, evaluating, and using child care services. 

Dependent Care for Faculty Travel

School of Science faculty members are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per year for dependent care expenses associated with travel on MIT business.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

Eligible MIT employees can set aside up to $5,000 pre-tax salary in a flex account to spend on day care, preschool, day camps, and after school care.

On-Campus Lactation Rooms

MIT has several dedicated lactation rooms around campus intended for the use of the MIT community, and the School of Science and its departments sponsor several more for their own communities. All rooms have at minimum locking doors, good lighting and ventilation, electrical outlets, a comfortable chair, waste baskets and cleaners, and a nearby refrigerator and sink. More information and a complete list of rooms can be found here.


The Work-Life Center offers a range of resources for families seeking information about schools and education.

Technology Childcare Centers and Faculty Priority

MIT hosts five Technology Childcare Centers, four on the main campus and one at the Lincoln Laboratory, managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Although spaces are in high demand, all tenured and tenure-track faculty members receive enrollment priority for infants ages eight weeks through 14 months. 

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Tuition Support for Children

Children’s Scholarship Plan

Dependent children of eligible MIT employees who are admitted to and enroll at MIT will have their full tuition covered.

Educational Loan Plan

MIT offers low-interest loans to eligible MIT employees to help with the cost of an undergraduate or graduate college education for dependent children.

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