Play, Learn, Connect
If you have a young child, you have a resource at your fingertips. If you're new to your community or new to parenting, family centers are more than just a gathering place for children.
They are a welcoming and convenient place for adults to meet other parents, grandparents, and care givers, and find support and information about important matters including preschools, public school, pediatricians, or parent support groups. Getting involved by volunteering time and talent helps family centers and local organizations thrive.
Family Centers are generally free, and you don't need to be a resident of a town to visit the local family center. Each community's family center provides unique programming and is open to residents as well as families from other communities. Play-and-learn groups are free and generally open on a drop-in basis (no preregistration required).
Locations and Hours
Explore the map below to find the family center nearest to you, or scroll down for more details. Most family centers follow the public school schedule of their home community for vacations and weather-related closings. All of the centers may sponsor activities and events at times other than those listed below. Please contact the individual centers for more specific information about hours and programming.
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Amherst Family Center
1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002
Monday - Wednesday, Friday 9:00am-11:30am, Thursday 9:00am-12:30pm
Clapp Memorial Library, 19 S. Main St., Belchertown, MA 01007
Wednesday 9:30am-11:00am (September - June)
Easthampton Family Center
43 Main St., Easthampton, MA 01027
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 10am-12pm, School Year Schedule: Resumes on September 9, 2013
Family Center Directions: At the Flywheel Arts Collective space in Old Town Hall on Main St., Easthampton - on the bus route.
Gateway Family Center
Gateway Community Center, 9 Russell Rd., Huntington, MA 01050
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Hours: Wednesday and Friday 10am-12pm (drop-in play groups with School Readiness activities); Tuesday 9-11:30am (School Readiness group -- by pre-registration only). Hours: Wednesday and Friday 10am-12pm (drop-in play groups with School Readiness activities); Tuesday 9-11:30am (School Readiness group -- by pre-registration only) Schedule: Year round.
Directions: Located across from the Fire Station at 9 Russell Rd. (Rte. 20) in Huntington.
41 Main St., Hatfield, MA 01038
Hours: Wednesdays, 9:00-10:30am
First Congregational Church of Hatfield (enter through side door)
Northampton Parents Center
297 Main St., Lower Level, Northampton, MA 01060
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:30-11:30am School Year Schedule: Mid-September through May; resumes on September 9, 2013
Directions: Located in the Edwards Church building, lower level, corner of State and Main Streets. Please use rear entrance.
Palmer/Monson Family Network
4 Springfield St. Three Rivers, MA 01080
PMFN will be closed June 30- July 7. Summer hours: July 8- August 29: Drop-In Playgroup Tuesdays: 10:00-11:30; Playground Time at Eager Park - Fridays: 11:00
Directions: Located directly across from Three Rivers Common, also known as Hryniewicz Park.
While family centers are sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant funded by the Department of Early Education and Care, they also rely on donations from families, businesses, and community groups. Donations are welcome, but centers are open to all regardless of ability to donate.