UMass Amherst

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November 2015


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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.


Come join us on Monday, November 23 for a showing of the Documentary: Fed Up. Engage in discussions about the childhood obesity epidemic.

Come join us for a special program on Monday, November 30 at the AFC. With Carolyn Mazel, we will engage in music, play, movement and fun!

Come join us on Saturday, December 5 to 2 Events: Make bee and bear puppets and masks in the Craft Center & Watch Caravan Puppets "Four Seasons Bear" Performance at the Student Union!

Join us for multi-week "Parenting Young Children" workshops in Chinese. November 17, 2015.

Sydney Smith Holiday Toy Fund

Applications for the Toy Fund are now available at OFR's Amherst Family Center through Noon, Monday, November 23. For more information regarding income guidelines for the voucher please contact the Amherst Family Center directly at (413)256-1145 or stop by M-F, 9:00am-Noon. The Center is located one mile north of campus at 1200 N. Pleasant Street. Applications are also available at the Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Rd., Amherst.

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.