Child Care

UMASS sponsors two Child Care Centers!Child care

UMass Child Care provides care for infants, toddlers and preschool children in a safe, nurturing environment that promotes physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. Currently, there are two centers operated by Bright Horizons Family Solutions. The new Shaw Building Child Care Center on Belmont Street, Worcester as well as the Memorial Child Care Center on Oak Avenue, Worcester.

For more information contact Lori Carroll, Center Director-UMass University Campus, Child Care Center  774-455-KIDS or Alison Smith, office Manager at


Child Care Resources and Referral

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers personalized child care referral for employees and their families. The EAP will ask you specific questions regarding your child care needs, research options and provide you with up-to-date child care options. Provided by the University, the EAP is cost free to employees. Explore the EAP website for helpful articles and information about many issues relating to children. Click here to access the EAP website, or call 800-322-5327 to schedule an appointment or to speak to a licensed counselor.

The following web sites also provide helpful resources and information for Child Care:

Child Care Connection

MA Child Care

National Child Care Information Center


Child Care Assistance

UMMS offers Child Care Assistance to help make child care for children in pre-kindergarten or younger affordable for working parents. Eligibility and amount is determined, in part, by your adjusted gross family income. It is available for non-unit employees who are benefit eligible. Contact Human Resources for application dates. 


Flexible Spending Account

All active state employees who work half-time or more and have employment-related expenses for a dependent child under the age of 13 are eligible for the DCAP (Eligibility for Dependent Care Assistance Program). If you want to enroll or make changes please complete and submit HCSA & DCAP Enrollment Form to the UMMS Benefits Department. For more information on eligible and ineligible expenses see the SHPS Eligible Expense Guide. The preceeding links are for UMass Medical School internal use only.

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