Parent and Family Resources

The Mount Sinai Health System is committed to supporting its faculty, staff, and students as they manage the competing priorities of family and career or academics. This page provides information on child care resources and family-friendly activities offered by the System as well as information about external resources available throughout New York City. The resources listed are available to faculty, staff, post docs, residents and students.

Mount Sinai offers child care resources, lactation rooms, workshops for parents, housing for students, residents, post docs with families, and financial support for child care for students. Employees and students can also find a wide range of family friendly activities and discounted tickets through the Recreation Office.

Child Care

Mt. Sinai Kids

Mt. Sinai Kids is a private early education center serving the children of Mount Sinai employees as well as families from the surrounding communities. The program, for children two months to five years old, is fully licensed by the Department of Health and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. For information call 212-410-2077 or visit this site.

Another child care center is Preschool of America, which is not affiliated with the Mount Sinai Health System.

They have two locations:

1190 Park Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 410-1100
jdevore@preschoolofamerica.us

1501 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128
(212) 987-3700
cpashman@preschoolofamerica.us

Additional information about child care services can be found by contacting the Employee Assistance Program at 212-241-8937.

Babysitting

There are many local babysitting and child care agencies in New York City including:

Several national services connect families and care providers for the care of children including:

Lactation Rooms

There are two lactation rooms at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Both rooms have three hospital-grade Medela Symphony pumps, each with a private pumping area. If you wish to use these pumps, you must bring your own accessories. You may also use your own equipment. There are also [two] stations reserved for those who bring their own equipment.

One room is located on the MC level of Annenberg, Room 234. It is located in the same hallway as the employee pharmacy. The room has available 24 hours a day. Anyone who would like access to the room or to purchase accessories for the Medela Symphony pump should contact Nicole Musumeci at nicole.musumeci@mountsinai.org.

The Annenberg Lobby Lactation Room is located on the main floor of the hospital in the former Alumni Office, to the left of the elevator bank for Annenberg floors 1-10. The room is available for use 24 hours a day. Anyone interested in using the space should call the Medical Education front desk at 212-241-6691, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, and leave their name. They will then receive the code for the door.

Additional information is provided by the Mount Sinai Parent Program run by the Division of Training and Education, 212-241-1944.

Mothers can reserve stations for the lactation room via these calendars.

Parents' Groups

The Mount Sinai Parent Program

The Mount Sinai Parent program provides faculty and staff with a forum to obtain support, education, and additional resources as it relates to being a working parent; as well as an opportunity to network with other moms and dads who work at the Health System.

Additional information is available through the Division of Training and Education at 212-241-1944 as well as the group's Facebook page.

ISMMS Parents' Group

The Icahn School of Medicine's (ISMMS) Parent Group is a student-run organization that aims to support medical students, PhD students, residents, and fellows who are parents or plan to become parents. As the average age of medical students increases and more students start families during their medical education, this group aims to create a sense of community for people who are managing the competing priorities of family and academics. The ISMMS Parents' Group works to create this community by hosting a variety of events, including workshops on topics such as balancing school and family and raising a child in New York City, and casual meetings where parents can bring their children and relax with other Mount Sinai families.

Email ismmsparents@gmail.com for more information.

Housing

The Real Estate Division provides affordable housing for students and their families in an environment that is supportive of and responsive to the professional and educational needs and careers of our medical community. The housing application is available online.

The Real Estate Division is located at 1249 Park Avenue, 1st Floor, New York, New York 10029. The office can be contacted by email at housing@mountsinai.org or phone at 212-659-9630.

Financial Resources

Child Care Expenses

The Financial Aid Office allows reasonable child care expenses to be included in the student budget. Please contact Dale Fuller at dale.fuller@mssm.edu for more information.

Dependent Care Assistance

A Dependent Care Reimbursement Account permits you to deduct pre-tax dollars from your paycheck to pay for childcare or care for a disabled spouse or parent. For more information, contact the Mount Sinai Benefits Center at 866-414-8455.

Recreation

The Recreation Office offers discount tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows, concerts, operas, sporting events, and other family friendly events in New York City. Discounts are also available for health clubs, spas and tourist activities such as Circle Line cruises and amusement parks. The Recreation Office also maintains listings of city recreational facilities that are available (ice skating, swimming pools, tennis courts, handball courts, and so on).

You can find out what the office currently offers online or by visiting the Recreation Office at 19 East 98 Street, Room 2F.

Hours: Monday-Friday: 12-5:15 pm and Wednesday 8 – 9 am.

212-241-6660.