Dispatches from the Caucasus

By Carrie Reporting in from Sheki, a city in northwest Azerbaijan, in the southern part of the Caucasus mountains. It is incredible that in completely different cultures and completely different parts of the world, one thing that remains constant is that people love their children and families (mostly mothers) will do extraordinary things for them. […]

Whole Children goes to Eastern Europe

This past fall, Amherst’s Institute for Training and Development hosted a contingent of  coaches, physical education teachers, and disability workers from Azerbaijan — they were here to create programs for adapting sports for youth with disabilities back in their hometowns. The group came here to Whole Children to see how we started a grassroots after-school […]


Learn About All the Learning at Whole Children!

Ever wonder about a particular Whole Children class? Instructors from Friendship Band to Kung Fu are sharing the inside scoop about the wonderful courses they’re teaching in our newest videos (produced by our talented intern, UMass senior Courtney Dunham). Take a peek at normal class time and hear what the instructors love most about what […]

This week at Whole Children

The nights are cool and the shadows are growing long, so summer is surely on the wane. But summer is still in full swing here at the Inclusive Community Center. The Theater Studio class is in the final days of the Trip to Oz workshop and we are looking forward to their performance Friday at […]

Add your voice to the Joyful Chorus!

The Joyful Chorus is starting its third year in the fall, and we already have three major concerts planned (Survival Center benefit at the Academy of Music, Northampton Tree Lighting and Florence Community Band Holiday concert). Now, all we need is you! The chorus would love to get everyone in on the act. You don’t […]

Summertime and the living is easy

We are in the second week of the summer session and despite the wilting heat, the joint is jumping! Between the teens learning independence skills, the middle schoolers practicing social skills (and so much more), the little guys doing Kung Fu, dance, soccer (and on and on) and the Pokemon gang digging into new adventures, […]

Bring on summer

Just one more day of classes for our spring session and then we close the doors, take a breath, and start gearing up for summer. It’s always nice to have a little break between sessions — a time for the teachers to regroup and to think ahead to the next adventure. A time for us […]