Resources for Student Parents - Spring 2020
See our COVID-19 Student Parent Resource list for information about:
- Free online educational and enrichment activities for kids
- Ideas for easy activities to do at home with little ones
- Free parent support and self care resources
- Listing of local organizations that address food and income insecurity issues
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have resources to share - we’ll add them to the list. Check out our Facebook page for weekly tips, activities and resource sharing.
Breastfeeding is not limited to specific areas on campus. For those who would like more private space for breastfeeding or pumping, however, the campus has a number of specifically designated lactation rooms that can be seen on the lactation room map.
Title IX Parenting
The Title IX at UMass Amherst website has created a page specifically for Pregnant and Parenting Students, click here to learn more.
Single Stop Resource Guide
Your one-stop guide to campus and area resources related to food insecurity, housing, finances, legal services, academic help, transportation, healthcare, stress relief, and more.
Student Care Supply Closets
Students Affairs and Campus Life has four Student Care Supply Closets across campus, one of which is in our office! We provide free toiletries and household items to students who are facing economic insecurity and/or an unexpected financial emergency. Click here to learn more.
College With Kids Message Board
UMass student parents can exchange information and messages with one another here. Just login with your UMass NetID, click "message boards" and then click on "College With Kids." You must have a UMass NetID to access this message board.
The Bridge is a community-based, family driven program supporting families and their children ages 0-18 years old. The Bridge is one of a network of eighteen Family Resource Centers across the Commonwealth. All services are free and available to any child or family. The monthly calendar outlines available programs. Watch the Bridge overview video here.
Collaborative for Educational Service's Early Childhood Programs
The Collaborative for Educational Service's Early Childhood program offers free workshops for parents, resources and support, early literacy programs, consultations in social-emotional health and early childhood mental health, and more.
Amherst Survival Center
Since 1976 the Amherst Survival Center has provided a welcoming community where families and individuals can come for food, clothing, health care and for companionship and relief from isolation. To learn more, volunteer, or make a donation, check out their helpful website.
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is on the front lines of emergency food assistance in our region, playing a crucial role helping individuals, families, seniors, and children. To learn more about the Feeding Program for your area, click on the county you currently reside in.
For additional tips and resources on how we are addressing food insecurity on our campus, check out the Food Security at UMass Amherst folder.
John P. Musante Health Center JPMHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center site, providing one-stop, affordable primary medical and oral health/dental care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. For those who do not currently have health insurance, our insurance Navigators will assist with insurance enrollment prior to scheduling an appointment and becoming a patient. For more information please call: 413-835-4980.
Hilltown Families is an online grassroots communication network for families living throughout the four counties of Western Massachusetts sharing opportunities for community engagement and family friendly enrichment activities.
Leisure Services and Supplemental Education (LSSE) Youth Programs
Leisure Services and Supplemental Education provides afterschool programs, vacation-week programs, youth sports, visual arts, and performing arts programs.
Macaroni Kid is a free weekly newsletter and website that delivers news on kid and family friendly events going on in Amherst and Northampton, from movie listings to storytime.
Jones Library Kid's Room
Jones Library in Amherst has free kid-friendly events including sing with your baby, ukulele strum-alongs, storytime, and more.
Forbes Library Children's Events
Forbes Library in Northampton hosts free family friendly programming, including storytime, lego club, comics club, toddler time, and more.
For comprehensive listings of fun family activities, please visit the following web sites:
Activity Suggestions: Things to do during school vacations, or all year round!
Visit the greenhouses at UMASS, Smith, and/or Mt. Holyoke colleges. These greenhouses have walkways, benches and koi ponds, and are full of beautiful, interesting plants. You can read to your children in the lush warmth, or try filling out one of the educational ‘scavenger hunt’ sheets that the staff supply.
Smith College Greenhouse
Mount Holyoke Greenhouse
Visit the museums at UMASS, Smith, Mt. Holyoke and Amherst colleges Bring some crayons and paper and ask museum staff to direct you to a kid friendly space. Some of these museums offer educational ‘scavenger hunt’ sheets too.
UMass Amherst Art Crawl
Eric Carle Museum
Smith Art Museum
Mount Holyoke Art Museum
Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Museum of Natural History
The Amherst Public Libraries have museum passes available for check out; many surrounding town libraries do so as well. Local Museums include the Holyoke Children’s Museum, Springfield Museum and Pittsfield and MASS MOCA. The passes offer free or reduced prices for admission to both area museums and museums across the state.
Note: Passes typically need to be reserved - but, if you are lucky, they may be available on the day you want them. For information on passes available at the Amherst libraries visit https://www.joneslibrary.org/242/Museum-Passes
Local town libraries also have welcoming children’s rooms; most have scheduled programming for young children too. For Amherst library sites and hours visit http://www.joneslibrary.org/
Check out the calendar for the Jones Library
Local towns usually offer information on their websites about recreation areas.
For Amherst visit https://www.amherstma.gov/1755/Parks
Mill 180 is an indoor park in Easthampton, free and open to the public.
Ride the local PVTA bus system. Riding the bus can be very exciting for children that are used to being driven by car. Visit the link for complete bus schedules; many bus routes are free, but please be aware that some trips will charge riders a fee for service.
Amherst Cinema will offer a week-long Family Films series with reduced price tickets.