Local resources & activities

Community and networks

Cambridge family programs and local support

The Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP) On this website you can find information about kids and youth programs such as: after-school programs, community schools, preschools, summer camp, recreation, baby university.

The Center for Families - Cambridge offers parenting education and support to Cambridge families with children from birth to age eight.

Women, Infant and Child Program (WIC) is a FREE nutrition program that helps families with children under five get healthy food and learn how to eat well. It also supports pregnant women, infants and new moms. WIC is FREE to Massachusetts families who qualify. Call 617-575-5330 to see if they can help you. The WIC program provides:

    • Healthy foods for pregnant women, infants and children

    • Counseling with trained nutritionists

    • Health education

    • Breastfeeding support and counseling

    • Referrals to health care and social services

    • Workshops

Cultural and family activities

Entry to the MIT Museum is FREE with MIT ID. There are also a handful of museums that give free or discounted entry to MIT students.

    • Wednesday nights at Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) are free. Children under 6 are always admitted free.

    • The Boston's Children Museum entry fees are $1.00 from 5-9 p.m on Fridays. Check out the many discounts available.

    • The Harvard Coop for Kids features an award winning world of children's books, collections and free activities geared to our multicultural community. The Coop Kids' Staff Members ALWAYS know just the right book, just the right story, and just the right way to make your Coop Kid smile!

MIT Activities Committee (MITAC)

    • MIT Activities Committee offers discounted tickets to the MIT community for local arts and culture, sporting events, and family activities.

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) offers:

    • Family activities supported by the GSC Funding Board. Past activities have included Eastgate Fall Orientation BBQ, Westgate Christmas Party, Families 101 session during orientation.

    • Graduate Women at MIT (GW@MIT). GWAMIT is a student-led organization dedicated to supporting all women and women-identified persons within the MIT graduate community. We work to enhance the professional development, individual growth, and empowerment of all graduate women at MIT, while strengthening connections between existing groups.

    • The Housing and Community Affairs (HCA) Families Subcommittee. The HCA has worked 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.