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

NEW – Little Wonders Baby Group

Join our new Baby Group at The Family Center Playroom on Mondays March 11th, March 18th and March 25th from 3:45 to 4:45 pm.  Drop in to meet other parents and play with your baby in a fun, safe playroom.  For all families with infants.

Lego Club at the Adams Library

Thursday, March 21 from 4:00-5:00 for ages 3-8 years at 92 Park St., Adams.  Parents and children can join us to create with LOTS of Legos. Families from any Northern Berkshire town may attend. No need to register, just drop by!

Irish Music Fun Time

Friday, March 22nd 10:30-11:30 am.  Join us in the Family Center playroom at 210 State St., North Adams, for some family fun exploring Irish Music is Mac Bellner.  She will play music and sing with us, and give the children a hands-on opportunity to play the bodhran, the Irish frame drum. Please call 413-664-4821 to register.

Ooey Gooey STEAM Night

Tuesday, March 26th – 6:30-7:30 pm at The Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School Street. Join The Family Center for fun hands on messy art and science activities for young children.  FREE & Drop-In Event! For families with children 1 to 8 years of age.  Siblings always welcome.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

A Free 4-Week Parent Class Wednesdays April 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at The Family Center. This class for parents of 1-8 year olds offers practical, easy to implement strategies that have been proven to work in every day parenting.  Based on the book of the same title.  Learn simple effective communication techniques that really work!  Learn how to use positive discipline, cope with your child’s negative feelings, express anger without being hurtful and resolve family conflicts peacefully.  A light meal will be served and free on-site child care and transportation are available. Call to register at 664-4821.

Winter Reading Club at The Family Center

Winter is a great time to curl up and read together.  Read books every day with your child(ren) and list the titles on our winter reading list which will be available at playgroups and on Facebook or click the link winter reading list 2019 to print a list. When you have finished reading 10 books together, hand in your list and each child who submits a list will receive a reading prize and a chance to enter a drawing to win a winter reading basket!

Northern Berkshire United Way Born Learning Trail

Child Care of the Berkshires worked with the Northern Berkshire United Way to install a Born Learning Trail in between our building and Noel Field.  Check out to video to learn more.

Read More »»»

Williamstown Holiday Walk 2018

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

Read More »»»

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/

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.

Read More »»»

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.

Read More »»»

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.

Read More »»»

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.

Read More »»»

Help Support CCB through Amazon Smile

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

 

 

Get connected. Get answers

Get connected.  Get answers.

Mass 2-1-1 is the easy-to-remember toll-free number to call for free statewide access to health and human services information and referrals.
It’s the link between people who need help and people who can give help.