Family Centers & Playgroups

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Family Centers & Playgroups

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

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.


Amherst Family Center

1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst
Hours: M-F, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Amherst Family Center website


Amherst Spanish-Speaking Playgroups

Southpoint Apartments at UMass Amherst; next to the laundry room/garden; 42 Southpoint Drive, Amherst
Hours: FALL at 12:00pm: Sept 15, Oct 14, Nov 17, Nov 30, Dec 15, Dec 27; FALL at 5:00pm: Sept 27, Oct 31; SPRING at 12:00pm: Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, March 16, April 13, April 27, May 18, June 15; SPRING at 5:00pm: March 28, May 30, June 27

Olypmia Oaks; Olypmia Oaks Community Room; 85 Olympia Drive, Amherst
Hours: FALL at 12:00pm: Sept 5, Oct 31, Nov 7, Dec 5; 12:00pm; SPRING at 12:00pm: Jan 9, Feb 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 6


Belchertown Family Center

51 State Street, Belchertown
Hours: M-F, 9:30am - 12:30pm


Chesterfield Playgroup

Chesterfield Community Center, 400 Main Road, Chesterfield
Hours: Fri, 10:00am


Easthampton Family Center

Flywheel Arts Collective Space, 43 Main Street, Easthampton
Hours: Mon, Tue, Fri; 9:30am - 11:30am


Goshen Playgroup

Goshen Town Hall, 42 Main Street, Goshen
Hours: Thu, 10:00am


Granby Playgroup

Granby Free Public Library, 297 East State Street, Granby
Hours: Wed, Fri; 10:30am-12:00pm


Hatfield Playgroup

Hatfield Library, 39 Main Street, Hatfield
Hours: Thu, 10:15am - 11:45am


Palmer/Monson Family Network

4 Springfield Street, Three Rivers
Hours: ALL AGES: Tue, Thu, Fri; 10:00am - 11:30am; INFANTS AND TODDLERS: Wed, 9:00am - 10:30am


Pelham Playgroup

Pelham Library, 2 South Valley Road, Pelham
Hours: Mon, 9:30am - 10:30am 


South Hadley Playgroup

South Hadley Library, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley
Hours: Wed, 10:30am


Southampton Playgroup

Edwards Public Library, 30 East Street, Southampton
Hours: Wed, 10:30am


Ware Family Center

United Church of Ware building, 49 Church Street, Ware
Hours: Tues-Thu, 9:30am - 11:30am


Warren Playgroup

Warren Community Elementary School, 51 Schoolhouse Drive, Warren
Hours: Mon, 10:00am - 11:30am 


Westhampton Playgroup

Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton
Hours: Tues, 10:00am


Williamsburg Playgroup

Anne T. Dunphy School, 1 Petticoat Hill Road, Williamsburg
Hours: Fri, 10:00am

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.

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For more information, contact: 
Administrative Assistant
413.586.4900 x5568