Child Care

Mass General Brigham provides in-house, high-quality, developmentally appropriate child care options to benefits-eligible employees of Mass General Brigham corporate, benefits-eligible employees of Mass General Brigham-affiliated institutions, and some community members.

  • MGH Children's Center

    3 Thirteenth Street
    Charlestown, MA 02129
    Phone: 617-726-5437

    Site Director: Charlene Felizardo
    Email: [email protected]

    The MGH Children's Center serves benefits-eligible employees of Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass General Brigham corporate, and Mass General Brigham-affiliated institutions. The Center provides high-quality, developmentally appropriate care and is licensed to serve infant, toddler, and preschool-age children.

    The Center is located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard and housed in the old Captain's Quarters, a beautifully renovated colonial style townhouse. This unique setting and home-like facility provides an ideal environment for young children.

    The Center is open Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., 52 weeks a year, excluding holidays and two Child Care Services professional development days.

    Download fee information (PDF)

    Program

    As a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)-accredited center, we use the guidelines established by NAEYC to determine developmental appropriateness for all levels of care provided.

    The program at the MGH Children's Center is carefully designed to meet the developmental needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Each age group has their own floor of the "house" designed and equipped just for them.

    Each classroom is staffed by a team of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care certified Teachers and Assistants, with a high teacher/child ratio. The teaching staff members draw on their extensive background in Early Childhood Education, their professionalism, their creativity, and their careful observations of the needs of each individual child to plan daily activities.

    Attention is given to the growth and development of the whole child — physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Children learn and develop new skills through play and their interactions with materials, each other, and their teachers within the structure of a daily schedule.

    Tours

    Tours of the Center are offered on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m., except in September when the tour is offered on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m.; please call the Center to confirm availability of tours.

    Application, enrollment, and waiting list process

    Enrollment priority at the MGH Children's Center is granted first to benefits-eligible employees of MGH and Mass General Brigham corporate, followed by benefits-eligible employees of Mass General Brigham-affiliated institutions.

    Application: Applications are obtained, completed, and submitted online. After submitting the online application, a confirmation number is provided to the applicant, confirming active placement on the waiting list.

    Complete application form 

    Please note: It is common for the wait for care to be a year or more from application date; therefore, advance planning, particularly for infant and toddler care, is key.

    Enrollment: Families will be contacted if and when a space becomes available at either the MGH Children's Center or the Children's Quarters. At this time, employees must provide verification of their status as a benefits-eligible employee. Following employment eligibility verification, an enrollment intake meeting will be scheduled with the Director to discuss and finalize the enrollment process. At this time, a non-refundable security deposit totaling one month’s tuition and a registration fee of $35 will be collected. The security deposit will be applied towards the first full month of care.

    Openings will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by the date that the application is received. Selection will be made with consideration given to availability of slots in age groups.

    Benefits-eligible employees with children currently enrolled at the MGH Children's Center or the IHP Children's Quarters will receive sibling priority status on the wait list for incoming siblings at the MGH Children's Center or the Children's Quarters.

    Waiting list: We respect working families' needs for child care and encourage families on our waiting list to explore a variety of care options so that in the event we do not have a space, they will not be caught without care. It is certainly not the intent to discourage families with this information but, rather, to equip families with the typical scenario for expected wait time, which can vary depending upon age of child, desired schedule, and desired start date relative to the openings as they occur.

    Applications remain active on the waiting list for one year after desired start date, after which they are removed. For example, if desired start date is September 3, 2020, the application will remain active on the waiting list until September 3, 2021.

    Applicants declining an offer of enrollment will be removed from the waiting list. Applicants wishing to be placed on the waiting list again after their application has been removed (either due to expiry or declining an offer of enrollment) must submit a new application.

    Tuition subsidy

    MGH benefits-eligible employees with a total family income of less than $75,000 per year are eligible to apply for tuition subsidy to be applied to enrollment at the MGH Children's Center. For information on the tuition subsidy program and how to apply, please contact Martha McNulty, Director of Child Care Services, at [email protected]

    Sibling discount

    Employees who are benefits-eligible and have more than one child enrolled are eligible for a sibling discount, which is applied toward the lowest tuition fee paid. Verification of benefits-eligible employment status must be provided before a sibling discount can be applied.

    Meals and snacks

    Parents send lunches for toddlers and preschoolers and food, formula, or breast milk for infants. Two nutritious snacks will be provided by the Center each day for children 15 months and older.

    The MGH Children’s Center maintains a nut-free environment.

    Parent participation

    As a work-site center, we encourage full participation and welcome visits from parents. Our goal is to create a very special community of support among parents, children, and staff, where all can share in rich and rewarding experiences and in the joy of these very special years of children's development.

    The staff will serve as a resource to parents through daily reports, ongoing communication, and special enrichment and educational events.

    Management of the center

    The MGH Children's Center is managed by Child Care Services, a unit within Mass General Brigham Human Resources. The Director of the center reports to the Director of Child Care Services.

    Each floor, staffed by early childhood professionals, is overseen by an Educational Coordinator. Coordinators report to the center Director.

    The MGH Children's Center is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

    The MGH Children's Center does not discriminate in providing services to children and their families on the basis of race, religion, disability, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, national origin, or sexual orientation.

    Download parent handbook (PDF)

  • IHP Children's Quarters

    36 First Avenue
    Charlestown, MA 02129
    Phone: 617-726-6010

    Site Director: Nicole Lavargna
    Email: [email protected]

    The Children's Quarters at the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) serves benefits-eligible employees and students of the Institute, benefits-eligible employees of Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass General Brigham corporate, Mass General Brigham-affiliated institutions, and the Charlestown community. The Center provides high-quality, developmentally appropriate care and is licensed to serve infant, toddler, and preschool-age children.

    The Children's Quarters is located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard in the Catherine Filene Shouse Building, home of the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

    The Center's hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 6:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., 52 weeks a year, excluding holidays and two Child Care Services professional development days.

    Download fee information (PDF)

    Program

    As a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)-accredited center, we use the guidelines established by NAEYC to determine developmental appropriateness for all levels of care provided.

    The three classrooms at the Children's Quarters are designed to be developmentally appropriate for infant/toddlers, older toddlers/young preschoolers, and older preschoolers.

    Our classrooms are staffed by Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)-certified teachers who are employed by Mass General Brigham. The curriculum meets NAEYC standards for accreditation in early childhood programs. Our teacher/child ratio exceeds that required by EEC.

    The curriculum is developmental and emergent in nature. The day is planned to provide a balanced variety of free-choice, teacher-led, and small and large group activities. The teaching staff individualizes the curriculum to meet the needs of each child in classes.

    Our philosophy is that children learn through play, while being offered structured choices that focus on all areas of development. These include, social/emotional, cognitive (which includes pre-math and pre-literacy, science, and nature), self help and independence, speech and language, and small and gross motor.

    Tours

    Tours of the Center are offered on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m., except in September when the tour is offered on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. Please call the Center to confirm availability of tours.

    Application, enrollment, and waiting list process

    Enrollment priority at the IHP Children's Quarters is granted first to benefits-eligible employees and students of the Institute, followed by benefits-eligible employees of MGH and Mass General Brigham corporate, followed by benefits-eligible employees of Mass General Brigham-affiliated institutions. Running in tandem with this tiered priority, 25% of the slots are reserved for Charlestown residents.

    Application: Applications are obtained, completed, and submitted online. After submitting the online application, a confirmation number is provided to the applicant, confirming active placement on the waiting list.

    Complete application form

    Please note: It is common for the wait for care to be a year or more from application date; therefore advanced planning, particularly for Infant and Toddler care, is key.

    Enrollment: Families will be contacted if and when a space becomes available at either the MGH Children's Center or the Children's Quarters. At this time, employees must provide verification of their status as a benefits-eligible employee. Following employment eligibility verification, an enrollment intake meeting will be scheduled with the Director to discuss and finalize the enrollment process. At this time a non-refundable security deposit totaling one month’s tuition and a registration fee of $35 will be collected. The security deposit will be applied towards the first full month of care.

    Openings will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by the date that the application is received. Selection will be made with consideration given to availability of slots in age groups.

    Benefits-eligible employees with children currently enrolled at the MGH Children's Center or the IHP Children's Quarters will receive sibling priority status on the wait list for incoming siblings at the MGH Children's Center or the Children's Quarters.

    Waiting list: We respect working families' needs for child care and encourage families on our waiting list to explore a variety of care options so that in the event we do not have a space, they will not be caught without care. It is certainly not the intent to discourage families with this information but, rather, to equip families with the typical scenario for expected wait time, which can vary depending upon age of child, desired schedule and desired start date relative to the openings as they occur.

    Applications remain active on the waiting list for one year after desired start date, after which they are removed. For example, if desired start date is September 3, 2020, the application will remain active on the waiting list until September 3rd, 2021.

    Applicants declining an offer of enrollment will be removed from the waiting list. Applicants wishing to be placed on the waiting list again after their application has been removed (either due to expiry or declining an offer of enrollment) must submit a new application.

    Tuition subsidy

    MGH benefits-eligible employees with a total family income of less than $75,000 per year are eligible to apply for tuition subsidy to be applied to enrollment at the IHP Children's Quarters. For information on the tuition subsidy program and how to apply, please contact Martha McNulty, Director of Child Care Services, at [email protected]

    25% of our slots are reserved for Charlestown residents. Priority for the remaining openings is given to the Institute of Health Professions faculty, staff, and students, and then to employees of Mass General Brigham.

    Sibling discount

    Employees who are benefits-eligible and have more than one child enrolled, are eligible for a sibling discount, which is applied toward the lowest tuition fee paid. Verification of benefits-eligible employment status must be provided before a sibling discount can be applied.

    Meals and snacks

    Parents provide lunch each day and the Children's Quarters provides two nutritious snacks each day for children 15 months and older.

    The Children’s Quarters maintains a nut-free environment.

    Parent participation

    As a work-site childcare program, we encourage full participation and welcome visits from parents. Our goal is to create a very special community of support among parents, children, and staff, where all can share in rich and rewarding experiences and in the joy of these very special years of children's development.

    The staff will serve as a resource to parents through daily reports, ongoing communication, and special enrichment and educational events.

    Management of the center

    The IHP Children's Quarters is managed by Child Care Services, a unit within Mass General Brigham Human Resources. The Director of the center reports to the Director of Child Care Services.

    The Children's Quarters is licensed by the Massachusetts EEC.

    The Children's Quarters does not discriminate in providing service to children and their families on the basis of race, religion, disability, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, national origin, or sexual orientation.

    Download parent handbook (PDF)

  • McLean Child Care Center

    115 Mill Street
    Belmont, MA 02478
    Phone: 617-855-2421

    Site Director: Karen Gaudette
    Email: [email protected]

    Founded in 1986, the McLean Child Center is located on the beautiful grounds of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. The Center is open 52 weeks a year, Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., excluding holidays and two Child Care Services professional development days.

    The McLean Child Care Center is licensed by the state of Massachusetts. The Center provides services to McLean Hospital employees, Mass General Brigham employees, and community members and enrolls infant – preschool- age children.

    At McLean Child Care Center, a key word in our program is respect. We foster respect for self, respect for others, and respect for materials in developmentally appropriate ways. In a secure and nurturing environment, our curriculum provides for all areas of a child's development — physical, emotional, social, and cognitive. We believe that children learn through active exploration and interactions with adults, other children, and materials.

    Many of our staff members have a long history with us and many of our well-qualified teachers have been with us for more than 10 years.

    Our teachers encourage curiosity and experimentation and have chosen materials that help expand children's thinking. Positive social interaction is encouraged by helping children to develop their verbal skills and to express their feelings in appropriate ways.

    Infant program

    Ages: 2 months – 15 months

    Teacher/Child Ratio: 2:7

    Our infant room focus is to provide your child with trusting relationships and a secure environment where the child is free to explore and develop at their own pace. We are well equipped to provide the necessary one-on-one interaction that your infant will need. Our program will work with you to mirror your child’s home routines as closely as possible to provide a consistent and comfortable Center experience. Our teachers are always available to answer your questions or help you work through any concerns you may have.

    Toddler program

    Ages: 15 months – 2 years 9 months

    Teacher/Child Ratio: 2:9

    The toddler program goal is to facilitate individual, age-appropriate development for each child in the areas of:

    • Gross motor (walking, running, jumping, throwing, catching, and climbing)
    • Fine motor (building, stacking, scribbling, stringing beads, play dough, and simple puzzles)
    • Language (understanding simple requests or directions, identifying objects, using sentences, and asking and responding to simple questions)
    • Cognition (matching, identifying colors and shapes, and naming objects in storybooks)
    • Self help/independence (using a spoon and cup, removing clothing, washing and drying hands, and indicating toilet needs)
    • Social (referring to self by name, playing by self, helping to clean up, using objects symbolically in play, participating in group activities and, when age-appropriate, learning to share, taking turns and waiting for turns)

    Preschool program

    Ages: 2 years 9 mos. – 5 years/entry to Kindergarten

    Teacher/Child Ratio: 2:20

    Continuing to support the developmental goals as outlined in the toddler program, preschool children engage in a mix of child-initiated and teacher-guided experiences throughout the day. Indoor and outdoor free play in small groups, as well as individual activities, are offered throughout the day. Teachers implement activities that encourage independence, cooperation, creativity, and problem solving.

    The overall curriculum allows children to explore shapes, colors, letters, numbers, seasons, family structures, community, and the world around them, while incorporating different cultures and a strong literacy-based curriculum to facilitate a smooth transition into kindergarten.

    Sibling discount

    Employees who are benefits-eligible and have more than one child enrolled, are eligible for a sibling discount, which is applied toward the lowest tuition fee paid. Verification of benefits-eligible employment status must be provided before a sibling discount can be applied.

    Application process

    Applications are available for download online or can be obtained by contacting the Center.

    Download application form

    Submission of an application with a one-time $50 application fee is required before enrollment. If a slot is not available, then families will be placed on our wait list.

    Please note that preference is first given to employees of McLean Hospital, then to employees of other Mass General Brigham institutions, and then to community families.

    Download fee information (PDF)

    Download parent handbook (PDF)

  • Children's Center at Assembly Row

    251 Grand Union Boulevard
    Somerville, MA 02145
    Phone: 857-282-1105

    Site Director: Sarah Siepierski
    Email: [email protected]

    The Children's Center at Assembly Row serves benefits-eligible employees of Partners Corporate and benefits-eligible employees of Partners-affiliated institutions. The Center provides high-quality, developmentally appropriate care for Infant, Toddler, and Preschool age children.

    The Center is open Monday-Friday, 6:45am to 5:45pm, 52 weeks a year, excluding holidays and two Child Care Services professional development days.

    Download fee information (PDF)

    The program

    The program at the Children's Center at Assembly Row has been carefully designed to meet the developmental needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

    Each classroom is staffed by a team of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care-certified Teachers, as well as assistant teachers, and offers a high teacher/child ratio. In planning the daily activities and experiences for children, the teaching staff members draw on their training and education in Early Childhood Education, their professionalism, their creativity, and their careful observations of the needs of each individual child.

    Attention is given to the growth and development of the whole child — physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Children learn and develop new skills through play and their interactions with materials, each other, and their teachers within the structure of a daily schedule.

    Tours

    Tours of the Center are offered on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m., except in September when the tour is offered on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m.; please contact the Center to confirm availability of tours.

    Application, enrollment and waiting list process

    Enrollment priority at the Children's Center at Assembly Row is granted first to benefits-eligible employees of Mass General Brigham corporate and benefits-eligible employees who are located at the Assembly Row campus, followed by benefits-eligible employees of all other Mass General Brigham-affiliated institutions.

    Please note: Benefits-eligible employees with children currently on the waitlist for the MGH Children's Center and IHP Children's Quarters must submit an online application if they wish to apply for enrollment at the Children’s Center at Assembly Row.

    Application: Applications are obtained, completed, and submitted online. After submitting the online application, a confirmation number will be provided to the applicant, confirming active placement on the waiting list.

    Please note: The Children's Center at Assembly Row is not accepting wait list applications at this time from those who are not benefits-eligible employees of Mass General Brigham and its affiliated institutions.

    Complete application form

    Enrollment: Opened in September 2018, the Children's Center at Assembly Row are enrolled in '"waves." The Center opened with three classrooms and will ramp up the enrollment in subsequent waves to coincide with the hiring of staff.

    Waiting list: We respect working families' needs for child care and encourage families on our waiting list to explore a variety of care options so that in the event we do not have a space, they will not be caught without care. It is certainly not the intent to discourage families with this information but, rather, to equip families with the knowledge that space availability can vary depending upon age of child, desired schedule, and desired start date relative to the openings as they occur.

    Benefits-eligible employees with children currently on the waitlist for the MGH Children's Center and IHP Children's Quarters must submit an online application if they wish to apply for enrollment at the Children’s Center at Assembly Row.

    Applications will remain active on the waiting list for one year after desired start date, after which they will be removed. For example, if desired start date is September 4, 2020, the application will remain active on the waiting list until September 4, 2021, after which it will be removed.

    Applicants declining an offer of enrollment will be removed from the waiting list. Applicants wishing to be placed on the waiting list again after their application has been removed (either due to expiry or declining an offer of enrollment) must submit a new application.

    Tuition subsidy

    Benefits-eligible Mass General Brigham corporate employees and benefits-eligible employees who are located at the Assembly Row campus, with a total family income of less than $75,000 per year are eligible to apply for tuition subsidy to be applied to enrollment at the Children's Center at Assembly Row. For information on the tuition subsidy program and how to apply, please contact Martha McNulty, Director of Child Care Services, at [email protected]

    Sibling discount

    Employees who are benefits-eligible and have more than one child enrolled, are eligible for a sibling discount, which is applied toward the lowest tuition fee paid. Verification of benefits-eligible employment status must be provided before a sibling discount can be applied.

    Meals and snacks

    Parents send lunches for toddlers and preschoolers. The Center provides two nutritious snacks each day for children 15 months and older. Parents send all food, formula, or breast milk for infants.

    Parent participation

    As a work-site child care center, we encourage full participation and welcome visits from parents. Our goal is to create a very special community of support among parents, children and staff, where all can share in rich and rewarding experiences and in the joy of these very special years of children's development.

    The staff serve as a resource to parents through daily reports, ongoing communication, and special enrichment and educational events.

    Management of the Center

    The Children's Center at Assembly Row is managed by Child Care Services, a unit within Mass General Brigham Human Resources. The Director of the Children's Center at Assembly Row reports to the Director of Child Care Services.

    The Children's Center at Assembly Row is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

    The Children's Center at Assembly Row does not discriminate in providing services to children and their families on the basis of race, religion, disability, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, national origin, or sexual orientation.

    Download parent handbook (PDF)

  • Care.com Backup Care

    Life throws you curve balls, especially when you work and have children. Some days are more of a challenge than others and [email protected] Backup Care is here to help when you need help most.

    If you are a benefits-eligible employee of Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), McLean Hospital (MCL), Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH), Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEE), or Mass General Brigham System Central, we have you covered!

    Care.Com - Backup Care is a service provided to benefits-eligible employees of the above-named hospitals and institutions.

    In-home backup child care is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Child care providers are screened by Care.Com - Backup Care for references, criminal background, and health and safety training.

    Care.com Backup Care offers a unique and customized portal which will provide a very user-friendly experience. 

    For entities with a customized portal, the URL can be found in the list below. With this enhancement, employees will have a streamlined user experience when they go to request in-home backup care. 

    Upon first login to your entity's new portal, the user will see their Backup Care Dashboard which will show how many days of backup care have been used of the annual 7 day allotment, and how many days there are remaining to use.

    All benefits-eligible employees of participating entities will need to enroll if this is their first time using Care.com or will need to re-enroll if they have already used Care.com.  Re-enrolling will not take more than 5 minutes, but must be done in order to request backup care via the new portal.

    To enroll/re-enroll, please visit

    Please note that during our COVID-19 response, Care.com has in-home providers available for employees at all Mass General Brigham affiliates; employees who do not work at any of the above-listed institutions should enroll at https://phs.care.com.

    If you have any questions, please call [email protected] by Care.com at 855-781-1303.

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