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

Every Child Ready to Read

Tuesdays May 15, 22, and June 5, 12 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the playroom at The Family Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. 4 weeks of fun for parents (or grandparents) and children together. For families with children 2-5 years old. Hands-on activities that will help your child on the journey to reading. Each family who attends the series will receive a “Ready to Read” drawstring backpack filled with surprises for reading fun at home! Please call 413-664-4821 to register. NOTE: There will be no Preschool Pals this month-instead join us for this fun preschool activity.

Mom’s Night Out: Wreath Making

Thursday, May 17, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Family Center, 210 State Street in North Adams. Come craft with us!  We will supply the materials to make a springtime wreath. Enjoy a light meal and a fun night out with other Moms. Call 413-664-4821 to register. Child care and transportation available upon request.

Duck on a Bike StoryWalk

Kick off date is Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 at The Mayor’s Fitness Challenge and BikeFest on Eagle Street in North Adams. Take a walk and read the StoryWalk which will be displayed in storefront windows in downtown North Adams. A section of Eagle Street will be closed to traffic and open for pedestrians and bicycles to walk and bike around gathering information and checking in with partners for the MFC 2018 as well as learning bike safety, education and sharing the road!  Active fun for families! A collaboration of The Family Center, The North Adams Library and Mass in Motion.

Dad and Family Bowling Time

May 29th 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Valley Park Bowling, Route 8, Curran Highway in North Adams. Join us for family fun with Dads and kids together! Dads and their families are invited to join us for a fun filled early evening of bowling and pizza!  FREE for families with children 8 year old and under. For Dads, Grandfathers and other male caregivers and their kids! Call to register, 413-664-4821. Spots are limited!

The Value of a Dollar: Teaching your kids about money

Thursday May 24 at 6:00 p.m. At Brayton Elementary School Welcome Center in North Adams. Join us for this FREE workshop presented by Greylock Federal Credit Union. A workshop for parents of children in kindergarten to 8th grade. Learn how to teach your kids the value of a dollar and about savings! FREE transportation, pizza dinner & childcare! Children will get to watch a Disney movie & have pizza! Call the Family Center to register at 413-664-4821.  Collaboration between The Family Center of Northern Berkshire, The Family Place and the North Adams Public School Welcome Center.

Library Lego Groups

Library Lego Groups! Lego groups are for families with children ages 4-12 years old. Drop In.

Adams Free Library After School Lego Club. Tuesday, May 1st and 15th from 3:30 to 4:30 at 92 Park Street, Adams, lower level.

The North Adams Public Library Evening Lego Group. Thursdays, May 10th and 24th from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. at 75 Church Street, North Adams, third floor.

Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

For more information, contact:
Tamara Stephens
413-663-6593 ext. 26

For immediate release:
January 17, 2018

Norman Rockwell Early Childhood Center, of Child Care of the Berkshires Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

[Pittsfield, MA] – Norman Rockwell Early Childhood Center, of Child Care of the Berkshires,  located in Pittsfield, MA has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

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Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. Receives $5000 Donation from the Massachusetts Bankers Association Charitable Foundation

 

Child Care of the Berkshires teams up with Structure Tone to provide Holiday Gifts for families

Boston based company, Structure Tone, has come through for Northern Berkshire families once more this year, providing holiday gifts for families who are struggling financially.  Child Care of the Berkshires has been working with Structure Tone for many years to assist local families.  “Our gift program is not like other gift programs in that families cannot come in and sign up.

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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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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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