If you or your partner have been diagnosed with cancer, there will be a lot to take care of. If you are a single parent, the pressure can feel overwhelming. Between making medical appointments and attending support groups, organizing childcare should not have to be an additional stressor. Backup childcare is available throughout the state of Massachusetts, with many locations inside hospitals and treatment centers. Here are some helpful listings, including the Child Care and Resource Registry in the State of Massachusetts.

parents-in-a-pinch-logo-greLet® Backup Care℠, provided by Parents in a Pinch, be your family’s safety net. Caregivers are available day and night, seven days a week, for weekends, holidays, vacations and more. Sick days. School closings. Elder care arrangements. Finding last-minute care for your family can be challenging.  With over 25 years of experience, our specialists offer easy, reliable child and adult backup care solutions.

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 9.22.55 PMUnexpectedly without a caregiver for your children? Partners offers backup options for employees and patients. Backup care is intended to supplement rather than replace regular child care. The times when your family may be in need of backup child care include the following locations:


bh-logo-2XBackup Care / Drop-in Emergency Care: 

Bright Horizons® back-up care provides families with a safety net for those days when regular daycare, child care, or elder care arrangements fall through.  We also provide drop-in or emergency child care to the community at select Bright Horizons locations. Back-up care supplements, rather than replaces, normal care arrangements and is a comforting emergency alternative when you need it most. Our programs offer back-up care for family members of all ages, from infants through elders, including adults and children with special needs.

child-care-circuit_logoChild Care Circuit is a Massachusetts based private non-profit organization providing child care referrals, training and parent & provider services. Featured services include:  Free on-line search for Child Care, building partnerships to help families,  collecting accurate statistical information on Massachusetts child care, providing  information on state vouchers and training to parents and providers.


Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 9.09.47 PMSearch for a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R) near you  Your local CCR&R agency keeps information on all licensed and license-exempt programs including child care centers, family child care providers, preschools, and out of school time programs.