Work/Life Balance

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UMass Amherst offers a range of programs designed to support faculty and staff in maintaining a balance between home and work responsibilities. The resources below point to some policies and initiatives which may be of assistance.

UMass Work-Life Reports

UMass Work-Life Reports, written by Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra, professors of sociology and public policy, offer UMass Amherst-specific research on work-life balance by experts in the field: Parental Leave Usage by Fathers and Mothers at an American University (PDF) and Gender, Work Time, and Care Responsibilities Among Faculty (PDF).

Parental leave information is detailed on the Massachusetts Society of Professors contract.

At-home Caregiver Benefits

SitterCity

SitterCity, an online database of local and out of state babysitters, caregivers for elderly or infirm parents, housesitters, tutors, and petsitters for full-time UMass Amherst faculty, is offered through the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD). The CTFD offers this service to promote improved work-life balance by connecting faculty with hundreds of caregivers in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

Parents in a Pinch, Inc.

Parents in a Pinch, Inc. provides excellent dependable in-home backup childcare and eldercare as a UMass Amherst benefit for faculty and staff. Assistance can be as short as part of a day or for long-term, such as a nanny.

Day Care Options Near Campus

The Center for Early Education and Care (CEEC)

The Center for Early Education and Care (CEEC), a.k.a. the UMass Amherst daycare, part of the Student Life office, has served the university community for over three decades. CEEC offers full-day and flexible-schedule services for toddlers and pre-school-aged children ages 15 months through 5 years throughout the year. The program is licensed by the state and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Children at CEEC receive an educational program based on energy, attention, and dedication with developmentally appropriate practices as delineated by NAEYC. They also benefit from the professionally trained supervising teachers, with assistance from undergraduate assistant teachers, interns, and volunteers.

Hampshire Franklin Children’s Day Care Center, Inc. (HFCDC)

Hampshire Franklin Children’s Day Care Center, Inc. (HFCDC) is a childcare program frequented by UMass Amherst employees located two miles from campus. HFCDC is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. HFCDC provides year-round full- and part-time care for children aged 5 months to 5 years. The center is located on one and a half acres in a wooded area and includes two large classrooms and four outdoor play spaces. HFCDC has been providing quality care for families for over 40 years. Children are served healthy snacks and offered a full range of developmentally appropriate educational programing that fosters independence, curiosity, and learning.

Childcare Resource Agencies

State Regional Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies

The state operates regional childcare resource and referral agencies that provide referrals to licensed childcare providers, information on childcare options, and on how to select care that meets their needs. Please note that these links have been included on this website for informational purposes only and should not be regarded as endorsements of individual care providers or childcare centers.

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) maintains a listing of licensed center-based and family-childcare services in the area.

Financial Assistance

The STEM Family Travel Initiative

The STEM Family Travel Initiative program aims to remove travel-related barriers to the professional advancement of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) researchers with childcare and dependent-care responsibility. Travel and family care support is offered for overnight and day trips.

The Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost may have funds available for newly hired, tenured-track faculty to pay for childcare. Check the office for more information.

Dependent-Care Assistance Program

The Dependent-Care Assistance Program allows faculty and staff to pay for expenses for dependents under age 13 such as day care, nursery schools, and day camps with pre-tax dollars.

Campus Resources

Office of Family Resources

Office of Family Resources is committed to increasing UMass families' access to and awareness of educational and enrichment resources and opportunities. The Amherst Family Center is a program of the Office of Family Resources at UMass Amherst.

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is a free and confidential counseling, consultation, and referral service that assists employees in resolving personal, work-related, and family problems.

Workplace Learning and Development

Workplace Learning and Development is dedicated to promoting and supporting faculty, staff and organizational growth, development and empowerment, through innovative high-quality workplace programs, including skill building around personal wellness and time management.

Psychological Services Center (PSC)

The Psychological Services Center (PSC) is a community mental health clinic operated by the Division of Clinical Psychology, in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The PSC provides both short- and long-term adult psychotherapy on an outpatient basis. PSC specialties include cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic/interpersonal, and integrative approaches to psychotherapy.

Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD)

The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) offers faculty a range of personal and family resources.

Please note that these links include here are for informational purposes only and should not be regarded as endorsements of individual care providers or childcare centers.