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

Four weeks of parent and child workshops in The Family Center Playroom, 210 State Street, North Adams, on Tuesdays October 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 2:00-3:00 pm. Help your child get ready to read with fun hands on activities!  Each family who attends all 4 workshops will receive a reading tote filled with free books. This workshop is for any Northern Berkshire parents (& grandparents) with children ages 2 to 5 years old. Please call the Family Center at 413-664-4821 to register.

Parents Night Out

Relaxation Night at The Uno Center. Thursday, October 11 from 6-7 p.m. Learn quick stress reduction techniques. Child care and transportation provided. RSVP a week in advance 413-887-9132. A collaboration of The Family Place and The Family Center and The Support Network.

Dads and Families

Bowling and Pizza on Thursday, October 18th 4:30-5:30 At Valley Park Bowling, Curran Highway (route 8) in North Adams.  Dads and their families will enjoy pizza and candlepin bowling! FREE for Northern Berkshire families with children 8 years old and under. Registration is required. Call 413-664-4821 to sign up! Spots are limited!

Adams Lego Club

Meets Thursday, October 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at The Adams Free Library. For families and children ages 4-8 years. We provide the Legos to create and share.

Fire Station Visit Tuesday

October 23 at the North Adams Fire Station at 11 am. Visit the Fire Station with us to learn about fire safety and explore the fire trucks! Ages 2-6 with caregiver.  Call 413-664-4821 to register

Are interested in pursuing an ECE degree?

If you are interested in pursuing an ECE degree, the Teachingdegree.org recently released a series of degree guides.

The guide to Online Associate Degrees in Early Childhood Education is a valuable resource for anyone looking to enter the field. It discusses financial aid, scholarships, career outlooks, typical admission requirements, and useful resources.

Guide to ECE Associate Degrees – www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/associate-early-childhood-education/
Guide to ECE Bachelor’s Degrees – www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/bachelors-early-childhood-education/
Guide to ECE Master’s Degrees – www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/masters-early-childhood-education/

Parenting with Positive Discipline

Parenting with Positive Discipline: A FREE 8-week Parenting Series starting Tuesday, October 16 weekly until Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 pm at The Family Center, 210 State Street in North Adams.  This series is for families with children ages 2-6 and teaches parents the positive discipline approach.  Couples welcome! Class includes a FREE meal for parents and children. FREE on-site child care and transportation if needed.  Registration is required.  Contact Mary Jo Belanger at 413-664-4821 ext. 18 or email her at mbelanger@ccberkshire.org to register and reserve a space in this popular series.

Playgroup schedule changes

The Busy Bees Playgroup will move inside to the Williamstown Youth Center on Monday, September 10 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.  This weekly playgroup features a community room with art activities and table toys as well as a gym for active play. Circle time and snack. For ages walking to age 5 years.

The Jumping Beans Gym Group will move inside Thursday, September 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Williamstown Youth Center Gym.  Indoor active play in the Gym with riding toys, balls, hoops and more. Circle time and snack. For ages walking to age 5 years.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.
210 State Street
P.O. Box 172
North Adams, MA 01247

Sealed BIDS for PHASE ONE construction of work for the Haskins Renovation Project which includes:

  • Item A: repairing and improving the entrance ramp;
  • Item B: converting a single existing lavatory to include 2 stalls and 3 sinks, to meet accessible codes;
  • Item C: replacing 8 designated interior doors on the first floor of the building;
  • Item D: installing a new 600 amp service; and
  • Item E: replacing the tile flooring in kitchen (first floor), 260 sq. ft.

will be received by A. Nemetz-Carlson at the office of Child Care of the Berkshires until 3:00 PM on Thursday, September 6, 2018 and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud.

The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at:

210 State Street, North Adams, MA 01247

Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office located 210 State Street, North Adams, MA 01247 upon payment of $30 for each set.

Any BIDDER upon returning the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS promptly and in good condition will be refunded the payment, and any non-bidder upon so returning the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS will be refunded $30.

A local family enjoying “fishing” at the Child Care of the Berkshire’s area of the North Adams Downtown Festival.

 

PCHP Graduation

Parent-Child Home Program celebrated 14 families graduating from their 2-year program on May 25, at The Green, 85 Main St., North Adams.  Families enjoyed pizza and cupcakes, a short circle time, and parachute play with their home visitors, as they said good-bye.  The Parent-Child Home Program is a brain building program for 18 month old – 2 1/2 year old children and their caregivers.  Families receive fun books, toys, and lots of ideas to help their children get ready to succeed in school.  For more information call the coordinator, Karen Rowe, 663-6593 x. 27.

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5th WALK for MA CHILDREN

Several current CCB staff and former CCB staff participated in the 5th WALK for MA CHILDREN on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Sue and Tim Crane organized this cross- state walk to highlight the needs of children in the state’s communities and to involve communities in meeting these needs.

Family Child Care Literacy Event

Pictures for Family Child Care Family Literacy Event held on May 24 at Windsor Lake.

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Family Child Care Provider Abby Ketchum

CCB would like to congratulate Family Child Care Provider Abby Ketchum (pictured on the right) on being recognized at the 3rd Annual Early Childhood Educator’s Evening for her excellence in teaching young children for over 37 years.

Abby’s enthusiastic style captures the children’s attention and creates an environment conducive to hands-on learning.

Parent Child Home Program

Parent Child Home Program: FREE Books and Toys for children 16 mo. 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 (413-663-6593 ex. 27, email: krowe@ccberkshire.org, or TEXT:  (413)663-0234

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

 

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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Help Support CCB through Amazon Smile

 #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2457299 and Amazon donates to Child Care of the Berkshires Inc.

 

 

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