Kathy Luneau Simons, MS
Senior Program Manager at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kathy Luneau Simons developed and directed the award-winning Work-Life Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for over twenty five years, working with co-director Rae Simpson to position MIT as a national model and employer of choice. As an early childhood specialist, Kathy created a range of formal and informal child care supports for MIT students and employees, including an on-site child care system serving over 350 children, child care scholarship program, family child care network (new), child care and work-life resource and referral program, seminars, consultations, back-up dependent care programs, and breastfeeding support program. She built a unique partnership with Bright Horizons to integrate and expand MIT’s on-site child care centers to meet the specific needs and quality expectations of the MIT community, and guided the planning and design process for five new MIT child care facilities including a three-story center and playground in the Frank-Gehry designed Stata Center; a stand-alone infant room in MIT’s Biology building; a 120-capacity, modular-built, stand-alone center and playground funded by David Koch; a 107-capacity center and playground in leased space for Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington; and a second-story child care center and playground that will be located in one of MIT’s new high-rise buildings in Kendall Square. Kathy also led the effort to develop job flexibility guidelines for MIT employees and supervisors, and she meets regularly with individuals to help with child care, parenting, and work-life issues.
Kathy is a cofounder and past president of the College and University Work/Family Association, the premier organization for work-life professionals in higher education, and has served as a consultant and advisor to many local and national organizations to address the needs of children and working families. She is a Trustee of Wheelock College and has served on the boards of numerous child care and work-life related programs including the Massachusetts Children’s Investment Fund, New England Work-Family Association, and Massachusetts Office for Children.