Welcome to Child Care of the Berkshires

Child Care of the Berkshires

Mission Statement- Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. strengthens families through high quality child care, education, support services and advocacy.

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

Adams Lego Club

Thursday, January 17 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.

January Moms Night Out: Spa Recipes

Tuesday, January 22 from 5:30-6:30 FREE at The Family Center in North Adams. Treat yourself to a mom’s night out! We will be making homemade body scrubs and other spa recipes. On- site child care and light refreshments are provided. Transportation if needed.  Come enjoy a night out! Call 413-664-4821 to register.

ABC Read With Me – Every Child Ready to Read with new books!

Wednesdays January 23 and 30, February 6 and 11 from 4:00-5:00 pm in The Family Center Playroom, 210 State St, North Adams. We have new books and more reading fun with activities and learning toys to take home. For families and their children 2-5 years old.

Week 1: The Three Little Pigs/Intro to program
Week 2: ABC I Like Me/Fun with letters
Week 3: Pancakes for Breakfast/Telling stories
Week 4: Little Blue and Little Yellow/ STEM

Call 413-664-4821 to register or sign up at Playgroup.


Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

Friday January 25 at 10:30. Please join us for a morning Parent Advisory Meeting. Find out what is new at The Family Center this year.  New members always welcome. On-site child care and refreshments provided. Please let us know if you can attend and if you will need child care. RSVP at playgroups; call 413-664-4821 ext. 18 or mbelanger@ccberkshire.org.


Active Parenting -Ages 1-4 Years

Tuesdays January 29 and February 5, 12 and 19 from 5:30-7:00 pm at The Family Center, 210 State Street, North Adams.
Learn about The 1-year-old Explorer, The 2-year-old Boss, The 3 year old Pal and The 4-year-old Adventurer. Typical behaviors, child development and positive discipline techniques will be covered. Includes a workbook, meal and on-site child care. Transportation if needed. Call 413-664-4821 to register.

Williamstown Holiday Walk 2018

Watch Alison Bost talk about the Promises to Keep capital Campaign on WilliNet at the Williamstown Holiday Walk

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Winter Coat Drive

Chilly weather is here and The Family Center Clothing Exchange is in need of donations of gently used children’s winter coats and outwear in sizes Newborn to size 10. The Clothing Exchange program is free to all community families with young children. Donations can be dropped off at The Family Center Clothing Exchange or can be brought to playgroups. Thank you for helping keep kids warm this winter.

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/



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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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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