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.
September Special Saturday
Join us at Mill River Recreation Area on Saturday, September 10 from 10am-12pm for our first Special Saturday event of the year! This is a SHINE ONLY EVENT and the program could be cancelled due to rain. Please call 413-545-0865 after 8:00AM to check on program status.
10:00am: Art Cycles: Fun With the Wind Wind Banners, Chimes, & Pinwheels
10:45am: Snacks and Socializing
11:00am: Family Concert With Roger Tincknell
30th Annual Apple Harvest & Crafts Festival
Join us on the Amherst Town Common on Saturday, September 24 from 10am-4pm for the 30th Annual Apple Harvest & Crafts Festival
Click here to see the programs we provide OR use the drop down Menu displayed on the left side of this page. The detailed program information area includes pre-registration forms and application forms.
OFR Weather Related & Closings for OFR's Dinner On Us, Special Saturday Program and Amherst Family Center Program
We will make every effort to post program cancellations on this website on the date that the event is scheduled. We will also make every effort to have updates available by phone @ (413) 545-0865 after 8:30am on a scheduled program day. No events will occur if the campus is closed. Please note: OFR's Amherst Family Center (AFC) uses delay and closing guidelines from the Amherst Regional Public Schools (ARPS). For up-to-date delay or closing information for this program telephone the Amherst Family Center, (413)256-1145, after 8:00am week-day mornings. Delay and closing information may also be checked on AFC's Facebook page.