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

Library Lego Groups!

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

Adams Free Library After School Lego Club Tuesday, February 6 from 3:30 -4:30 p.m. 92 Park Street, Adams, lower level.

The North Adams Public Library Evening Lego Group Thursdays, February 8 and 22. From 6:00- 7:00 p.m.  75 Church Street, North Adams, third floor.

Family Center Parent Advisory Meeting.

Friday, February 16, 1:00-2:00 pm, 210 State Street, North Adams. Interested parents are invited to join us for an early afternoon Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting. We will share new information and ideas, discuss upcoming family activities and opportunities for parent involvement and leadership. Refreshments will be served.  On-site child care. Call The Family Center at 413-664-4821 or email mbelanger@ccberkshire.org to reply.

Polar Bear Storytime

 At the Adams Library, 92 Park Street  (lower level)  Friday, February 16,  10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Join Family Center Staff   and Children’s Librarian, for an hour of “furtastic” books, ice fishing, a fun polar bear fact hunt, and a polar bear art activity!  This is a free, drop in event.  Call the Family Center at 664-4821with any questions.

Dad and Family Bowling

February 21st 3:30-5:30 Location: Valley Park Bowling Curran Highway North Adams. Dads bring your family! Or make it a fun time for you & your child! Join us during school vacation week for a fun filled early evening of bowling and pizza!  FREE for families with children 8 and under. Call to register, 413-664-4821. Space is limited!

Explore, Create and Play at MASS MoCA.

Explore Kidspace with The Family Center! On Friday, February 23 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. For ages 2-5 years. We get to explore, create art and play before the museum even opens! *Families will meet in the main lobby of the museum at 9:45 a.m. to go up to Kidspace. In collaboration with Mass MoCA. Space is limited. Call The Family Center 413-664-4821 to register.

Pittsfield Parenting with Positive Discipline FREE 8-week Parenting Series

Wednesdays, February 21st to April 11, 2018 5:30-7:30 pm. At the First Baptist Church, 88 South Street, Pittsfield, MA.
For families with children ages 2-6 years old
. This practical class teaches parents the positive discipline approach. Parents will learn how to teach their children to develop; self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation and problem solving skills. 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.
Space is limited. Call The Family Center to register at 413-664-4821

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

 

NEW Preschool Pals Playgroup

The second and fourth Tuesday of the month  from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in The Family Center Playroom. Special hands on playtime for Parents and Children ages 2.5 to 5 years old.* The preschool group will have a variety of hands on activities to for your preschooler.  Preschool families will enjoy easel painting time, pattern blocks, board games, a variety of building materials, and more.  As with all of our groups this group is FREE and drop in.
*Please Note-The Wednesday Terrific Tots group is specifically designed for Toddlers ages 1-2.5 years.

Every Child Ready to Read!

A free Workshops for Parents and Children Fridays, February 2 and 9 from 10:00-11:00 at The North Adams Public Library-3rd floor. For community families with children ages 2-5 years old. Learn how to help your child get ready to read with simple, fun, hands-on activities.  A collaboration with the North Adams Public Library. Each family who attends the workshops will receive a “Ready to Read” tote bag filled with books and fun reading activities.  Call 413-664-4821 to register. “Every Child Ready to Read” was developed by the Association for Library Service to Children.

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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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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