UMass Amherst

Babysitting & Care Co-Ops Membership

Babysitting and Childcare Options

Premium Memberships for Student Parents and AFC Families

OFR contracts with to offer free premium memberships to student parents and AFC families. Members can: - arrange cooperative childcare - hire babysitters, elder care providers, pet care, and housecleaners - pay care providers - conduct background checks - and much more

Visit: to register and learn more.

UMass Babysitting Co-op Features:

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:

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 Options for 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.

Additionally, the University of Massachusetts has contracted for a wide range of employee assistance services through ComPsych. Services include, but are not limited to:

Work-life specialists who will research solutions for you regarding child & elder care, moving/relocation, home repair, college planning, pet care

Legal support and resources (free 30 minute consultation with a 25% reduction in customary legal fees thereafter)

Financial information and resources-- Please refer to the website for UMass Human Resources for more information.

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