The David H. Koch Childcare Center

Welcome to TCC Koch—The David H. Koch Childcare Center

The light-filled classrooms of MIT’s newest childcare center feature design elements drawn from the landscape and culture of the surrounding MIT campus and the Cambridge environs. The result is an inspiring state-of-the-art space for MIT children and families. Construction of MIT's newest TCC facility was made possible through the generosity of MIT alumnus and Corporation member David H. Koch SB '62, SM '63, who provided a lead gift, and alumnus Charles W. Johnson CE '55 and Jennifer C. Johnson. Koch recognized the demands facing parents at MIT who balance demanding carers with the responsibilities of raising young children.

Meet the director—Justine Donovan

“I have been involved in the field of early education since receiving my BA in child development from Stonehill College in 1979. After teaching in both the private and public sectors, I earned a master’s in education management from Lesley University. I began my administrative career at an employer-supported childcare center in Lawrence, MA, and then assumed the position of director of children’s services for Project Head Start. After teaching early childhood education at Hesser and Notre Dame Colleges in New Hampshire, I took on the role of director of a corporate childcare center in Cambridge, MA, and then became director of TCC Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington (TCC Linc). 

As director of TCC Linc, my interest in the Reggio Emilia philosophy on early care deepened, and I traveled to northern Italy in 2012 to further explore this educational approach. This experience greatly influenced my current practice. I am drawn to the beauty of the Koch Childcare Center as an opportunity to develop a curriculum inspired by the Reggio approach. I am also very excited at the prospect of working on the MIT campus and having the opportunity to build a new program."


The David H. Koch Childcare Center
Director: Justine Donovan
Building W64
219 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139