Friday’s morning snack at the Stata Technology Children’s Center was followed by a visit from a very special guest: MIT President Susan Hockfield.
President Hockfield toured the center and shared a story with children from the toddler classrooms — Go Away Big Green Monster, a book that reveals a monster and makes it disappear page-by-page. She also told them about MIT's 150th birthday, prompting one toddler to ask, “Will there be candles?” The trip finished with a recital of the ABCs.
“I am thrilled to have this wonderful facility here for these amazing children and their parents,” Hockfield said.
TCC Stata, which opened in 2004, is one of four child-care centers that serve the MIT community; the other centers are located on campus in Eastgate and Westgate, and in Lexington, Mass., near the Lincoln Laboratory. Approximately 75 MIT faculty, staff and graduate student families have children enrolled at TCC Stata. Combined, the four centers serve 244 children from families representing more than 20 different countries.
The MIT Center for Work, Family and Personal Life oversees the Technology Children’s Centers. The programs are professionally managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions.