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Partners Child Care Services
Child care options for the employees of the Partners HealthCare System, Inc.                                                                      Partners Child Care

Hospital Affiliated Centers: 

Backup and Emergency Center Care

MGH Backup Child Care Center (Serves MGH/Partners employees only)                                                                          617-724-7100   On-site at MGH Main Campus 
MGH Backup Child Care Center

BWH Backup Child Care Center (Serves BWH employees only)                                                                                       617-732-9543   850 Boylston St., Brookline
BWH Backup Child Care

Backup and Emergency In-home Care

Parents in a Pinch (Serves BWH/Partners/MGH/MEEI/DFCI/NWH employees only) 
Partners Child Care                                                                                                          

In-home backup child care is available seven days a week. Child care providers are screened by Parents in a Pinch for references, criminal background, and health/safety training. For information on rates, see Partners Child Care.

To schedule back-up child care, call 617-739-KIDS (617-739-5437) Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 5:00pm. As a Partners employee you may also call Sunday–Thursday, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, for care needed the following day. Twenty-four hour notice is appreciated. For Emergencies, call 617-731-7262, 24 hours a day. Use of this benefit is subject to a yearly limit.

Other Resources

Harvard Medical Center Office of Work and Family (Serves BWH/Partners/MGH/MEEI/DFCI employees only)  
617-432-1615 (Barbara Wolf)
The Harvard Medical Center Office of Work and Family provides general information on choosing child care and other resources. Parents are provided with lists of licensed centers/family daycare homes, information on after-school programs, babysitters, public and private schools, school vacation programs, and summer camps.

Department of Early Education and Care                                                                                                                         617-988-6600                                                                                                                                                                       ECC licensed pre-school child care and after school programs can be found at Department of Early Education and Care.  This search function will allow you to check if a program you know of is licensed, or can assist you in finding programs in a selected Massachusetts city or town by zip code. For specific resources you can call the ECC and request to speak with the licensor to get information on complaints or compliance issues.

Build the Out of School Time Network (BOSTNET) Bostnet                                                                                                617-720-1290                                                                                                                                                                   Bostnet assists parents in setting up after-school care for school-age children in Boston.  Funded by public and private sources since 1987.  On-Line Guide lists 300 after-school programs.

Childcare Search Resources:
The following organizations provide information on childcare resource availability and other specific inquiries. Resources are broken down by geographic areas. There is a nominal cost to use these services.

  • Child Care Choices of Boston 617-542-5437 (Voucher info, child care, parent training)  
  • Child Care Resource Center (Cambridge) 617-547-1063– CCRC
  • North Suburban Child Care Circuit 877-823-2273- Child Care Circuit 
  • Community Care for Kids 617-471-6473 ext. “0” – Community Care for Kids
  • West Suburban Child Care Search 978-897-6400 - West Suburban Child Care


We provide access (links) to some external websites for your convenience. The EAP is not responsible for the availability, accuracy, or content of those outside resources or sites, nor does it endorse them. This site is not an attempt to provide any counseling or other type of intervention.    

For more information or to discuss child care concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.

This content was last modified on: 08/19/2010

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