The Office of Family Resources understands the challenges of parenting, particularly while managing academic and/or professional responsibilities.
Our programs and services provide UMass families with support, education, and resources, not only to meet those challenges, but to succeed.
This website is intended to provide a snapshot of the family support programs and services available both on the UMass Amherst campus and in the greater Amherst area. Current information is mainly oriented to families with children five years of age or younger.
We hope you find this website useful. If you have any additions or corrections you would like to see incorporated please contact us.
Click here to see the programs we provide.
CHECK OUT OUR UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Join us at the UMass Student Union Ballroom Saturday, January 30 for our annual Preschool Resource Fair. There will be performances, arts and crafts, games, face painting and much more.
Dinner on Us: Week Two
Please join us for a two-part workshop this upcoming Monday, February 1. With Kenneth Talan M.D., parents will embark on Parent Resiliency Training (Part I of II).
Together, we will learn a practical and gentle way to maintain, deepen, or when distressed return to, a balanced and flexible state. That state is referred to as the "resilient zone," and enables individuals to address life's challenges effectively. PRT, parentsí resiliency training, serves to strengthen and add to parenting skills that are already present--even in the face of turbulence.
Please register for this program on OFR's website and be sure to include the names and ages of your accompanying children and partners or grandparents if attending.
The link to the website registration can be found here.
Join us on Thursday, February 4 for our annual Babysitter Meet & Greet! We are hosting this event so that potential babysitters and families can meet face to face and exchange information if they choose to do so. We encourage parents to check references of potential babysitters and follow their usual procedures when hiring a babysitter.
OFR Weather Related Closing Information for Dinner On Us and Special Saturday Programs
Cancellations will have weather related updates posted on this website. Updates will also be available by calling (413) 545-0865 after 8:30am on the scheduled program day. Please note that the OFR reserves the right to cancel a program even if the campus is open. These cancellations are rare but may occur.