Amherst Family Center

Amherst Family Center The Amherst Family Center is closed for the 2020-21 academic year.
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Local community member asymptomatic testing is available at UMass Amherst. Find out more and book your appointment onlin...
12/18/2020
Community COVID-19 Testing | UMass Amherst Spring 2021

Local community member asymptomatic testing is available at UMass Amherst. Find out more and book your appointment online, by visiting: www.umass.edu/coronavirus/communitycovidtest

Community COVID-19 Testing COVID-19 testing at the Mullins Center will be closed Thursday, December 17 because of severe weather and will reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 21. If you are a community member who needs to reschedule a test, please use the appointment scheduler under “How To Get...

12/18/2020
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For those of you not on our email list we wanted to share updates regarding the Amherst Family Center.

https://www.umass.edu/ofr/sites/default/files/december_2_2020.pdf
https://www.umass.edu/ofr/sites/default/files/december_4_2020.pdf

In addition here are two resources Susan has created that we would recommend printing out and keeping on hand in the coming months! This includes both local resources for support as well as the weekly virtual programming we often share here on Facebook:

https://www.umass.edu/ofr/sites/default/files/dec_21_afc_resource_list_0.pdf
https://www.umass.edu/ofr/sites/default/files/local_virtual_programming_for_afc_families.pdf

How to Do Holiday Giving Without the Holiday Spending  For many of us, giving (and receiving) thoughtful gifts feels lov...
12/11/2020
A weekly handbook for parenting in a pandemic

How to Do Holiday Giving Without the Holiday Spending
For many of us, giving (and receiving) thoughtful gifts feels lovely at the holidays. Especially this year, with so much sadness and struggle, it’s reasonable to want to do something nice for family, friends, and ourselves. But that desire is at odds with another reality many of us are facing (every year, but especially this one): real financial constraints. This year, what if we put the pressure to buy off the table, and instead found new ways to give without financial sacrifices?https://kindaguide.org/feature-articles/how-to-do-holiday-giving-without-the-holiday-spending

A weekly handbook for parents and caregivers with kids at home, work to get done, and too much to worry about.

Samm Delorey wrote a children’s book, which is a retelling of The Ugly Duckling, about families that do not all look the...
12/11/2020
El Lamento Del Pato Enzo (Spanish Edition)

Samm Delorey wrote a children’s book, which is a retelling of The Ugly Duckling, about families that do not all look the same. It is available for FREE download in both English and Spanish for the rest of the day!
It's a lovely book to share it with your kids no matter what your own family structure - and downloading it helps raise the book's Kindle ranking so that more people can find it. Check it out!

https://www.amazon.com/Yell-Teddie-Drake-Samm-Delorey-ebook/dp/B08PS3MV59/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+yell+of+teddie+drake&qid=1607695101&sprefix=the+yell+of+teddie&sr=8-1

https://smile.amazon.com/Lamento-Del-Pato-Enzo-Spanish-ebook/dp/B08PRXWJGW/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=el+lamento+del+pato+enzo&qid=1607695506&sr=8-1
Samm Delorey is a new children's book author who wrote her first book to help fill a void in the world of children's literature. Samm is a passionate advocate for the representation of foster, adoptive, and blended families. As the founder of LoveBound Press she hopes to improve the representation of these families and elevate the voices of former foster youth and children in non-traditional families.

El Lamento Del Pato Enzo (Spanish Edition)

12/02/2020
Jones Library Kids Room

Reminder: THURSDAYS at 12:00 noon The Jones Library's offers their weekly Lunch-break Story-time! The Children's Room staff are working their way through the alphabet one story at a time, adding in a few songs, rhymes and a little sign language to their presentations! Check it out!
www.facebook.com/joneslibkids
And if you miss it live, previous week's videos are available at https://www.facebook.com/joneslibkids/videos
https://www.facebook.com/joneslibkids

Public library serving the community of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Here’s the November 21 Earth Matters, by new contributor Laurie Sanders. Just in time for a (Covid-safe) Thanksgiving, s...
11/21/2020
Earth Matters: Keeping nature intact for all in the CT River Valley

Here’s the November 21 Earth Matters, by new contributor Laurie Sanders. Just in time for a (Covid-safe) Thanksgiving, she gives us reason to be grateful for the many conservation areas in our region. They not only protect important habitats that in turn protect species we care about, but they provide places for us to ramble, meditate, and marvel.
Enjoy!
https://www.gazettenet.com/Earth-Matters-Keeping-nature-intact-in-ct-river-valley-37407431
P.S. If you’re unable to access the Gazette page, wait a few days and go to the Hitchcock Center website, www.hitchcockcenter.org, where you’ll find the article on the home page.

If you’re interested in natural history, the Connecticut River Valley is a great place to live. The combination of geology, hydrology, human history and climate create a remarkable diversity of habitats. In Northampton, where most of my conservation...

Looking for inspiration? Find resources and instructions for at-home learning and exploring your creativity. These resou...
11/20/2020
Printables and Activities! | Jones & Branches - Public Libraries - Amherst, MA

Looking for inspiration? Find resources and instructions for at-home learning and exploring your creativity. These resources have been chosen and created by the Jones Library Kids Room Staff who love supporting hands-on learning for kids of all ages. Check it out!
https://www.joneslibrary.org/printables?fbclid=IwAR0nUjHLz3pk-FtY9P6IR6ai0wOxoAbFRPmZKGZfBOZrvhI6u3My0cQqC2A

As part of our ongoing virtual programing, we are offering ART PROMPTS to get you and the kids in your life inspired to create! This week's project is DOT PAINTING!

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs is enrolling children and families into their new Head Start at ...
11/20/2020
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Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs is enrolling children and families into their new Head Start at Home program, offering flexible virtual learning with experienced and caring Head Start staff, serving pregnant participants and children 5 years old and younger..
Full and extended day programs continue to be in-person right now (Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Northampton, Amherst, Westfield and Family Child Care).
Families can call 413-387-1250 or apply online https://www.communityaction.us/hselpapply

As your Community Action agency, we work to create access and opportunity for our most vulnerable residents, and build communities in which all people have the opportunity to thrive.

11/12/2020
Jones Library Kids Room

Have you heard about The Jones Library's weekly "Lunch-break Story-time"? The Children's Room staff are working their way through the alphabet one story at a time, adding in a few songs, rhymes and a little sign language to their presentations!
Check it out! www.facebook.com/joneslibkids
And if you miss it live, previous week's videos are available at https://www.facebook.com/joneslibkids/videos

Public library serving the community of Amherst, Massachusetts.

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We are open Monday-Friday from 9 AM-Noon. The AFC follows the Amherst Regional Public School calendar for the K-12 vacation schedule and federal and state holidays.- Daily Play-space Schedule 9:00 AM Center Opens 10:00 AM Snack Time 11:20 AM Clean-up 11:30 AM Circle Time 11:45 AM Good-bye Song 12:00 PM Center Closes The University of Massachusetts Student Parent Programs reserves the right to remove any inappropriate content.

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The Amherst Family Center is a gathering place for families with children five years and younger, which offers a safe, stimulating play-space for young children and a pleasant, welcoming meeting-place for their adults. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers can enjoy time with their young ones, build community with other families, and access a variety of resources and support programs. Young children can play and learn in an inviting, age-appropriate setting, rich in social opportunities.

Since its founding in 1986, the purpose of the Amherst Family Center (AFC) has been to empower families with young children by providing a friendly, child-centered space in which caregiver and children alike can learn and thrive.

Participation in the AFC drop-in playgroup is available to any Hampshire County or University affiliated family with young children, and is part of a larger state and county wide network of local area family centers. Open Monday through Friday mornings from nine to noon, from September through June, the AFC is located in the old brick schoolhouse across from the North Amherst Library, at 1200 North Pleasant Street in Amherst MA.

Please note: The AFC follows the Amherst Regional Public School calendar for the K-12 vacation schedule, for federal and state holidays and for weather-related delays and closings.

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Along with in-person full day programs in Amherst for 0-5 year olds, please spread the word about the Head Start at Home program at Community Action's Head Start & Early Learning Programs. https://www.facebook.com/CAPVHeadStart/posts/2769199290027967
Please register for this free event happening Thursday night: https://www.facebook.com/masssupport.org/photos/a.122828746136888/174643107622118/?type=3&theater. MassSupport.org also provides free counseling, support and resource referrals for parents/children.
I wrote a book for kids in foster care and kids who have been adopted that is a retelling of the ugly duckling. It is illustrated by local artist, Vivian Franklin, and I would love your support. It is directed at kids age 3-8 who live with family members that don't look like them. It is targeted at kids in foster care and who have been adopted, but it is more broadly applicable to kids who split their time between homes. You can support this project for as little as $1, or buy a copy for your home for $20, or buy a copy that I will give to a child in foster care for $18. You can also help out for free by just sharing this campaign. I am not profiting from the book, but just trying to get out as many copies as possible for the kids who need to see their families represented. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sammdelorey/the-yell-of-teddie-drake #representationmatters #yellofteddiedrake #fostercare #fosterfamilies #adoption
Looking for something to do this weekend? This event includes a special workshop on the Mexican tradition of Danza Azteca Prehispanica. Registration is required for the workshop and space is limited, so act fast if you would like to learn more about this traditional dance!
Together, let's give your child a Head Start! Community Action's Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer: -High-quality early education & care for your child, age 0-5 -Beautiful classrooms in Franklin, Hampshire, and Western Hampden Counties -Home visiting and programs for pregnant women -Diapers and nutritious meals & snacks -Parenting groups, individualized support, & so much more! Many of our programs are free and openings for fall are filling up fast! Don't wait- call 413-387-1250 today or apply online: https://bit.ly/HSELPApply
Please join us for the Amherst Family Dance that's fun for all ages - infants through grandparents. Sun March 15th, 3-5pm at the Common School (521 South Pleasant St, Amherst). Live Music from Laurie Indenbaum (fiddle) and Jim Fownes (piano) and Caller Andy Davis. All dances taught by caller. B.Y.O.S. (Bring your own snacks). B.Y.O.W.B. (Bring your own water bottle). Suggested donation: free for ages 0-2; $3-5 per person for ages 3 through adult; family maximum $15-25 or more to help sustain the dance (free for Common School families) Questions? please e-mail [email protected] - Sponsored by The Common School https://www.facebook.com/events/456057685271975/
Please join us for the Amherst Family Dance that's fun for all ages - infants through grandparents. Sun January 12th, 3-5pm at the Common School (521 South Pleasant St, Amherst). Live Music from Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle) and Mary Alice Amidon (piano) and Caller Peter Amidon. All dances taught by caller. B.Y.O.S. (Bring your own snacks). B.Y.O.W.B. (Bring your own water bottle). Suggested donation: free for ages 0-2; $3-5 per person for ages 3 through adult; family maximum $15-25 or more to help sustain the dance (free for Common School families) Questions? please e-mail [email protected] - Sponsored by The Common School https://www.facebook.com/events/2421269731522027/
Please join us for the Amherst Family Dance that's fun for all ages - infants through grandparents. Sun January 12th, 3-5pm at the Common School (521 South Pleasant St, Amherst). Live Music from Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle) and Mary Alice Amidon (piano) and Caller Peter Amidon. All dances taught by caller. B.Y.O.S. (Bring your own snacks). B.Y.O.W.B. (Bring your own water bottle). Suggested donation: free for ages 0-2; $3-5 per person for ages 3 through adult; family maximum $15-25 or more to help sustain the dance (free for Common School families) Questions? please e-mail [email protected] - Sponsored by The Common School https://www.facebook.com/events/2421269731522027/
Happy 2020, AFC Families! 🥳 Wishing you and yours good health and good cheer throughout the new year!
Please join us for the Amherst Family Dance that's fun for all ages - infants through grandparents. Sun October 20th, 3-5pm at the Common School (521 South Pleasant St, Amherst). Live Music from Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle) and Arthur Davis (piano) and Caller Andy Davis. All dances taught by caller. B.Y.O.S. (Bring your own snacks). B.Y.O.W.B. (Bring your own water bottle). Suggested donation: free for ages 0-2; $3-5 per person for ages 3 through adult; family maximum $15-25 or more to help sustain the dance (free for Common School families) Questions? please e-mail [email protected] - Sponsored by The Common School https://www.facebook.com/events/526198217924671/
Which Friday is the parent advisory council?