Parent and Family Resources

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) 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 Mount Sinai 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.

Mount 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 Mount Sinai Kids

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

Preschool of America has two locations:

1190 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Tel: 212-410-1100
E-mail: jdevore@preschoolofamerica.us

1501 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Tel: 212-987-3700
E-mail: cpashman@preschoolofamerica.us

For additional information about child care services contact the Mount Sinai 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 with various types of child care providers including:

There are two lactation rooms at ISMMS where you may use your own equipment or the hospital-grade Medela Symphony pumps provided. For your comfort and privacy, each lactation room has three private pumping areas each with breast pump. If you wish to use the pumps provided, you must use your own accessories as described below. 

Using Lactation Rooms

The lactation rooms are located in the Annenberg Building located at 1468 Madison Avenue at East 100th Street.

Open 24 hours, daily, room 234 is located on the MC level of Annenberg in the hallway shared with the Employee Pharmacy. No advance reservation required. Also in the Annenberg Building, there is a second lactation room located on the main floor of the lobby to the left of the elevator bank designated for floors 1-10. This room is also available for use 24 hours a day, however you must reserve it by calling the Medical Education front desk at 212-241-6691, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm to receive the security code.

If you plan to use the breast pumps available in the lactation rooms, you need to provide your own breast pump accessory equipment, including caps, membranes, and tubes. You may purchase caps and membranes in the KP Gift Shop on the first floor of the Klingenstein Pavilion (KP) at 1176 Fifth Avenue, north of 98th Street. The cost is $10 for hospital employees/students. The tubes are $6.00 each. They can also be purchased on the 8th floor of the KP building in the breast pump office located in the family waiting room. Different tubing may also be required by the user as personal use Medela pumps have different tubing.

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

The Mount Sinai Parent Program

The Mount Sinai Parent Program provides faculty and staff with a forum to obtain support, education, and additional resources designed to help working parents and to enable Mount Sinai family networking.

Additional information is available through the Division of Training and Education at 212-241-1944 as well as the Mount Sinai Parent group's Facebook page. You may access this group with your existing Facebook account or sign up for Facebook to join this group.

ISMMS Parent Group

The Icahn School of Medicine (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 by holding casual meetings where parents can bring their children and relax with other Mount Sinai families.

Email ismmsparents@gmail.com for more information about the ISMMS Parents’ Group.

The Real Estate Division of Mount Sinai provides affordable housing for students and their families in an environment that is supportive of and responsive to the professional and educational needs of our medical education community. The housing application for you to complete is available here.

The Real Estate Division office is located at 1249 Park Avenue, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10029. For more information email housing@mountsinai.org or call 212-659-9630

Child Care Expenses

The Financial Aid Office of Mount Sinai allows reasonable child care expenses to be included in the student budget. Contact Dale Fuller at dale.fuller@mssm.edu for more information about child care expense assistance.

Dependent Care Assistance

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

Recreation

The Recreation Office of Mount Sinai offers its faculty and students 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 other types of recreational facilities in the city, such as ice skating rinks, swimming pools, tennis courts, handball courts, and more. Discover what the Recreation Office currently offers online or by visiting the office.

Recreation Office
Address: 19 East 98th Street, Room 2F
Hours: Monday - Friday, 12 noon to 5:15 pm; Wednesdays 8 am - 9 am
Phone: 212-241-6660