Welcome to Child Care of the Berkshires

Child Care of the Berkshires

The mission of Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.  is to support children and families in improving their lives through education, child care and family support.

Child Care of the Berkshires is guided by the following beliefs: 

  • High quality child care encourages a child’s total growth and development in physical, social language, and cognitive areas.
  • Families need to be linked to a variety of resources in the community.
  • Services are best provided in a collaborative and cooperative fashion.
  • Child care, parent support and educational programs should reflect the cultural diversity in our communities.

Happenings at Child Care of the Berkshires

Parent Child Home Program

FREE Books and Toys for children 16 months to 3 years old this fall. 

PCHP is a home visiting program.  A trained Home Visitor will bring FREE books and toys for your child to keep.  They read, play, and do art activities with your child and you to help your child be ready to learn in school.  We are accepting new children and doing intakes for the coming school year.  If you’d like more information, please call Karen at (413)664-4821 ex. 13, email: krowe@ccberkshire.org, or TEXT:  (413)663-0234.

Going to Kindergarten this fall? Join The Family Center for a Kindergarten Ice Cream Social

Going to Kindergarten this fall?
Join The Family Center for a Kindergarten Ice Cream Social
, August 22, 2017, 6:00 -7:00 pm at Colegrove Elementary School Playground 24 Church Street, North Adams.
Come Celebrate with us! ~ Enjoy Free Ice Cream ~ Learn all about Kindergarten ~Meet new friends and more!
All Fall 2017 kindergarten students from Northern Berkshire schools and their families are invited.

Beach Time and Pizza Picnic.

 Beach Time and Pizza Picnic.
Monday, August 21 at Windsor Lake 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  (Look for the Family Center sign) For Dads, children and families with young children. We will provide sand toys for sand castle sculpting. A pizza picnic will be served.  Water play in the lake!

The Family Center Pop-up Storytime!

The Family Center Pop-up Storytime!
Creepy, Crawly, Buggy Storytime
Friday, August 18, 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the Cheshire Library. Listen to stories about bugs, caterpillar and crawly things! Design giant mosaic butterfly wings. Great for kids 2 to 8 years old.

The Family Center Bookmobile will be in the library parking lot at 11:30 am following Storytime.

The Family Center Pop Up Playgroups!

The Family Center Pop Up Playgroups!

Hancock Elementary School Playgroup Friday, August 11 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The BOOKMOBILE ARRIVES at 11:30 in Hancock.   A free children’s book for every child that attends.

Gabriel Abbott School Playgroup, Florida, MA Friday, August 25 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.

These are FREE, drop in parent-child playgroups for children 2 to 8 years old. Join us for an art activity, parachute play, songs, games and a snack! 

Summer Book Mobile Locations

Hancock Elementary School – July 11st 1:30-2 and August 11th from 11:30-12

Clarksburg Elementary School – July 12th and Aug. 16th 11:30-12:00

Greylock Apartments, North Adams – July 12th and August 16th 12:30-1:00

Monroe Town Hall Parking Lot – July 18th 12-12:30 and Aug. 14th 11-11:30

Gabriel Abbott School in Florida – July 18th 11-11:30 and August 14th 12-12:30

Cheshire Public Library – July 28th and Aug. 18th from 11:30-12:00

CT Plunkett Elementary in Adams – July 20th 11-11:30 and Aug. 7th 10:00-10:30

Emma L. Miller School in Savoy – July 20th 10-10:30 and Aug. 7th 11:00-11:30

Mohawk Forest Apartments – July 7th and Aug. 4th 12:30—1:00

Brayton Hill Apartments – July 7th and Aug. 4th 10-10:30

Lanesborough Farmers Market /Mall Parking lot –July 26th and August 23 10-10:30

Congratulations to the Healthy Families of Berkshire County team for a job well done

Last week the Healthy Families program staff attended the statewide “Healthy Families Staff Celebration Day”. The program was honored to receive the “Documentation Award” (symbolized by the gold-painted computer!), which included in part the following words read at the time of the award presentation, “This year’s recipient of the Documentation Award is a program that has demonstrated their prowess and skill when it comes to keeping accurate and clear records of their service delivery, their collaborations with community partners, their training, their groups, their supervision, and really anything else that needs to be tracked…”

CCB Awarded EEOST Grant for $1,000,000!

NORTH ADAMS, MA (June 8, 2017) – Anne Nemetz-Carlson, President/CEO, announced that the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and Children’s Investment Fund has awarded to Child Care of the Berkshires a new grant of $1,000,000 to make improvements to the Haskins facility which houses the Monument Square Early Childhood Center and a variety of family support programs, including the Family Center, the Healthy Families Program, and the Parent Child Home Early Literacy Program.

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Children spending time working on the AOST GRANT.

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All Day Staff/Provider training

Thank you for joining our All Day Staff/Provider training – BECOMING MINDFUL ABOUT WELLNESS: Effective Strategies – presented by Marianne Reid, Ph.D. We were exposed to some wonderful ideas and strategies to take care of ourselves and the people we work with. Our colleagues were honored for their years of service as well as their completion of associate and/or bachelor degrees. And we waited in anticipation to find out if we had won one of the fabulous baskets that were created by Staff, for Staff, and raffled off at lunchtime.

Please contact Ellen Baer at ebaer@ccberkshire.org if you would like to join the Training Day Committee for 2018.

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Amy Hall receiving the Brain Builder Award

Congratulations to Amy Hall and all of the Family Center for receiving the Brain Builder Award from The Department of Early Education and Care!

This award honors your outstanding efforts to raise awareness of the importance of young children early brain development and to engage your community and being brain builders. Your leadership and contributions to bring building in progress for helping to ensure a prosperous future for all of Massachusetts!

Healthy Families staff members attended a two-day Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) training

This past weekend, three Healthy Families staff members attended a two-day Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) training that was hosted by the Austen Riggs Center. 30 care providers who specifically work with parents of newborns in South Berkshire County were invited to attend this training, including pediatricians, maternity nurses from Fairview Hospital, visiting nurses, mental health practitioners, and various home visiting programs that serve South County, including our Healthy Families program.

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Monument Square’s Program Director Kelly Phillips at the MCLA College Roundtable: Degree completion

Check out Monument Square’s Program Director Kelly Phillips (go to minute mark 10:20) at the MCLA College Roundtable: Degree completion

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Congratulations Kelly!

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CCB Annual Meeting- February 27, 2017 at the Orchards

Tonight’s Annual Meeting was well attended and included former and current Board members, our staff, friends, local collaboration agencies, as well as Representative Gailanne Carriddi and newly-elected Senator Adam Hinds.  We were honored to have Senator Hinds speak at our event and look forward to his continued advocacy in the future.

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Anne Nemetz-Carlson Receives the Frances Litman Award

Anne Nemetz-Carlson Receives the Frances Litman Award

The MA Children’s Trust honored Anne Nemetz-Carlson, President and CEO of Child Care of the Berkshires, with the Frances Litman Leadership Award.  The award was presented by Suzin Bartley, Executive Director at the Children’s Trust View From All Sides 24th Annual Conference held on October 13, 2016 in Marlborough, MA.  According to Children’s Trust, the Frances Litman Award is presented to an individual who has been in the parenting education and family support field for at least 20 years and exemplifies qualities of a strong, natural leader, has excelled in her role and has made a significant contribution.

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Help Support CCB through Amazon Smile

Support us when you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2457299 and Amazon donates to Child Care of the Berkshires Inc.

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