UMass Amherst

Recent Resources


The resources in this section are primarily, but not exclusively, Amherst-based, are free or income-based, and are mainly oriented to families with young children. We are interested in your feedback so that we may continually improve the quality and offerings in this section. Please email Also, unless otherwise noted, most financially independent UMass students are eligible for all of the services from programs and agencies listed below.

Information and Referral
Basic Necessities

  • Amherst Survival Center

  • Buy, Sell, Trade & Consignment Shops

  • Food Assistance

  • Fuel Assistance and Home Heating Co-Op

  • Housing

  • Homelessness Services

Bicycle Safety Children 16 and under are required by law to wear helmets in Massachusetts. Please refer to this link at for more information regarding bicycle safety.

Car Seat Safety
Children with Special Needs

  • Accessing Licensed Child Care Services

  • Babysitting Options

  • Child Care Tuition Assistance

  • Children's Enrichment Programs and Recreation

  • Family Centers

  • Local Public and Private Schools

  • School Age/ After School Programs

  • Summer Camps

English Language Learners

  • Health Care

  • Mental Health and Support

  • Domestic Violence

Related Research Centers

  • All Caregivers

  • Children's Mentoring

  • Especially for Fathers

  • Especially for Grandparent Caregivers

  • Especially for Military Families

  • Especially for Mothers

  • Breastfeeding Support

  • Legal Services

UMass Work/Life Benefits
Useful Websites