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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 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 high schools. Many libraries and YMCA programs also 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. Visit to access the checklist. 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.

On-Line Babysitter Exchange

BabysitterExchange is a free online service that lets parents network with other parents to share childcare. This site is open to anyone, but requires you to act as a “team leader” in order to find others interested in joining your caregiving community. Visit for details. Child Care Co-op for Graduate Families

For graduate student families, balancing the time and cost of school with parenting responsibilities can be daunting. In recognition of this challenge, the Office of Family Resources (OFR) has received funding to support the set up a childcare cooperative for UMass graduate students with children.

The Co-op, administered by, allows graduate student parents the opportunity to share part-time childcare at no $ cost. To access the cooperative database, sign up and create an account at

If you have questions or concerns about the Co-op you may also 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 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