The towns surrounding the Amherst College campus provide access to a number of day care centers and nursery schools for pre-school children. Since childcare needs vary greatly depending on the ages of children and your specific circumstances, you need to research these opportunities fully. The following internet links and contact information will help identify local resources that you may want to consider. Obviously, the information presented for individual providers is subject to change.

The Woodside Children’s Center, 413-253-2604, operates on campus and provides preferential admission to the children of Amherst College employees.

Internet Sites:

  1. - This location allows you to enter a zip code and view a listing of providers who are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  2. - A “yellow page” listing of local day care providers is displayed.
  3. From Google: Type in “day care” and the town you are interested in, for example, Amherst MA (day care Amherst MA). Clicking on the “local results for day care near Amherst, MA” heading will produce a listing and map of the facilities. You can enter additional surrounding towns to get a wider representation of providers.

Other Options:

Each of the other colleges in the Five College alliance has affiliated day care facilities. In each instance preferential admission is provided to children of the parent’s respective college. However, openings may be available to children of parents employed by the other participating colleges on a priority higher than the general public. The contact information for each facility is as follows:

  • University of Massachusetts
    o University Child Care Office – 413-545-1566
  • Mount Holyoke
    o Stonybrook Children’s Center – 413-533-9819
  • Hampshire College
    o Hampshire College Children’s Center – 413-559-5706
  • Smith College
    o Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education – 413-585-3290