UMass Amherst

Babysitting Options and Child Care Co-op for Graduate Families

Babysitting and Childcare Share Co-op Options

Any family looking for local babysitting services may advertise with the UMASS Student Employment Office. Visit: [UMASS Student Job Board] ( to post a babysitting job under “Employer Links”.

Alternative options for finding a sitter include advertising at the employment offices of other local colleges and area high schools. Many libraries and YMCAs offer babysitter training programs, and they too can be contacted for assistance.

Reminder: Before leaving your child in the care of someone else, it is important to have a clear idea of your family’s care needs, as well as clear expectations for your care provider. There are many online sources that can provide you with sitter guidelines. Although we do not recommend any one site, we do think that the fact sheet prepared by the University of Michigan is particularly helpful. To access that fact sheet, visit:

Families desiring more thorough background checks on potential adult babysitters may choose to request that the sitter provide results of a criminal background check through the Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) system. Babysitting & Child Care Co-op for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

OFR has joined with Care.Com to provide parent to parent part time care services through a student care Co-op. There is no fee for this program and membership in the Co-op entitles you to all the services offered through Care.Com. Care.Com is the primary on-line resources for all aspects of household care.

Our UMass Care.Com Co-op is new but many other campuses also provide this service through Care.Com. Membership in the Co-op also provides you the opportunity to use all of the household services provided through Care.Com including traditional babysitters for pay.

To access the UMass cooperative database, sign up and create an account:

  1. Visit Click "Join Now" and complete the enrollment form.

  2. Click on the header "Children" at the top of the screen, and select " Co-Ops." Then, click "Find a co-op near you" and search for UMASS with zip 01003.

  3. Request to join the group and get started! (A point system has been put in place to ensure that families give and receive care evenly. You are awarded 5 points to start, and will pay 1 point each time another family sits for you, and vice versa.)

  4. Visit "Group Settings" to review the Co-Op Charter which provides guidelines and suggestions for using the service.

If you have questions or concerns about the Co-op, please contact us at: This is a new program and your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Babysitting and Home Care Options Especially for Faculty

The UMASS Office of Faculty Development offers faculty a FREE trial membership with Sittercity: an online childcare-finding service. In addition to babysitting services, Sittercity can also connect you with other home-based support. For instance, assistance with elder parents and other family members in need of care, pet sitting and tutoring services.

Babysitting Options for Both Faculty and Staff

The UMASS Human Resources department has contracted with to connect employees with qualified, vetted caregivers when there is a gap in a family’s regular childcare or adult care routine. Caregivers are available day and night, seven days a week, on weekends, Monday holidays, vacations and for overtime needs. Caregivers are also available when a child or adult is ill, or overnight during a business trip. To learn more about options including pricing information, visit