Family Centers and 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.
CES CFCE Family Centers and Playgroups
Family centers 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).
Calendar of Events
Please check the calendar to the right to learn about hours and scheduled events at our Family Centers and Playgroups!
Contacts, Location, and Hours
Most family centers follow the public school schedule of their home community for vacations and weather-related closings.
Please contact the below individual centers for more specific information about hours and programming.
Amherst Spanish-Speaking Playgroups
ReNew Apartments; Picnic area, next to ReNew Apartments; 42 Southpoint Drive, Amherst
University Village; 990 N Pleasant St, Amherst
Site Contact: Rossana Salazar; firstname.lastname@example.org
Easthampton Family Center
For more information, contact:
Mary Ellis Schreiber is the Coordinator of Early Childhood Professional Development and the Coordinator of the CFCE Program at CES. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College and her Master’s degree at Bank Street College of Education. Her career includes working directly with young children and their families, developing curriculum to support conflict resolution skills in young children, and college-level teaching. Mary has provided professional development training to early childhood professionals for many years, with a focus on supporting families and social-emotional learning.
Position: Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) and Professional Development Coordinator
Phone: 413.586.4900 x5569