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

Baby Signing Time

 Wednesday, October 18 & 25 in the Family Center Playroom, 210 State Street, North Adams from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn some basic signs as another way to enhance communication with your baby! Led by Molly Bellner, NIC. Molly holds a degree in American Sign Language English Interpretation. She is also dedicated parent volunteer in our program! Call The Family Center at 413-664-4821 to let us know you will attend.

Williamstown Fire Station Trip

Friday, October 20 at 11:00 a.m. At the Williamstown Fire Station, 34 Water Street. The Family Center group will ~Tour the station ~Learn about Fire Safety   ~Meet a Firefighter ~Explore the fire truck. For ages 2 to 5 years old. Call 413-664-4821to register.

Dad & Me Fall Festival

Tuesday, October 24 in the Haskins Gym, 210 State Street, North Adams from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Calling all Dads – enjoy a special time with your children. Join The Family Center, Parent Child Home Program & Healthy Families for all activities and free play in our gym!  Circle & story time included. Also enjoy apple cider and a fall snack. An area will be set up for dads and their babies to hang out together too. FREE FOR DADS AND THEIR CHILDREN. Call to Register! 413-664-4821.

Ready Set Grow! – Ages and Stages Event

Friday, October 27, 11:00 -12:00 p.m.  At The Family Center Playroom, 210 State Street, North Adams. This interactive event is for families with children ages 3 months to 5 years.  Join us to learn about your child’s developmental stage. Parents will complete a short Ages and Stages questionnaire while the children play at different learning stations. Staff will set individual meetings with parents to review results of their child’s ASQ. Each child will receive a new free book to take home. Call 413-664-4821 to register.

October Library Lego Groups

The Family Center will hold Lego Groups in North Adams and Adams. Enjoy building Lego creations at the Library. Lego groups are for families with children ages 4-12 years old.

After School Lego Club October 3 and 17 from 3:30 -4:30 p.m. at the Adams Free Library 92 Park Street, lower level. It will meet monthly on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Evening Lego Group October 12 and 26 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at The North Adams Public Library, 75 Church Street third floor.  It will meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Every Child Ready to Read.

October 3rd and 10th from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Cheshire Library, 80 Church Street, Cheshire.
For all Northern Berkshire families with children ages 2-5 years old. Help your child get ready to read. A collaboration with the Cheshire Library.
Each family who attends the workshops will receive: A “Ready to Read” tote bag filled with free books and other fun “Ready to Read” materials to use at home with their family.
Call 413-664-4821 to register.

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Positive Discipline Series

Parenting with Positive Discipline. A FREE 8-week Parenting Series  starting Monday, October 16 to Monday, December 4, 2017 From 5:30-7:30 pm at The Family Center, 210 State Street in North Adams.
For families with children ages 2-6 years.

The Positive Discipline approach has been proven to be helpful in everyday parenting. This series includes a free weekly meal for parents and children, free on-site child care and transportation if needed.
Call The Family Center to register for this series at 413-664-4821.

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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.

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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