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On Campus Resources

Lactation Rooms
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.

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. 

Off Campus Resources

Amherst Family Center
The Amherst Family Center is a place for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to enjoy time with their young ones, build community with other families, and access resources. See here for a full list of family centers and play-and-learn groups in the area.

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 anyone who needs it: our neighbors and families who do not have insurance or adequate financial resources, have life challenges that limit their ability to access necessary health care, or are intimidated by the seemingly complex health care system.

Community Activities and Events

Hilltown Families
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
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.

Activity Resources

  1. For comprehensive listings of fun family activities, please visit the following web sites:

Hilltown Families
The Amherst Bulletin
Greenfield Recorder
What To Do in the Pioneer Valley with KIDS!
Baby and Toddler Friendly Activities in Western MA

Activity Suggestions: Things to do during school vacations, or all year round!

Greenhouses
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.
UMass Greenhouse
Smith College Greenhouse
Mount Holyoke Greenhouse

Museums
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

Museum Passes 
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

Libraries
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

Visit a Nature Center
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Great Falls Nature Center in Turners Falls
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton

Parks
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.

Bus Rides
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. 

Movies
Amherst Cinema will offer a week-long Family Films series with reduced price tickets.