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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

Step Up for Kids 2019

Child Care of the Berkshires and the Children’s Trust organized the Step Up for Kids event that was held on April 12th to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention month.  Local leaders talked about the importance of prevention programs including Family Centers and the Healthy Families programs.  Parent Cassandra Gauthier shared how the Family Center parent education classes have connected her with other parents and given her important parenting information.  She said “I will take as many classes as I can to make sure I am the best parent I can be”.

Healthy Families program

The Healthy Families program, a program of Child Care of the Berkshires, has been having fun taking to the Berkshire County legislators all the beautiful shamrocks that Healthy Families’ participants have created! Thank you Representative Mark, Representative Pignatelli, Representative Farley-Bouvier, Representative Barrett, and Senator Hinds for making the time to meet with us and hear from participants what the Healthy Families program has meant to them. We so appreciate your support! And THANK YOU, Healthy Families participants, for your time in creating the shamrocks, and for those who were able to join us at the visits!!

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Trip to Sheep Hill

Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. Saturday, April 20 from 10:30-11:30. Families are invited to come explore nature at Sheep Hill. There will be a musical tree set up as well as other activities.
Call to register-413-664-4821, space is limited.

Mass MoCA Kidspace

Tuesday, April 23 10:00-11:00 am.
Join us for an hour of art inspired by Trenton Doyle Hancock.  For families with children 8 and younger.
Call 413-664-4821 to register.

Reading Celebration

Friday, April 26 11:00-12:00 at The Family Center.
A special celebration for all families who submit reading lists. Join us for an activity, story and snack. Every child who has submitted a reading list will receive a pair of “Reading into Summer” Sunglasses and a new book.  Enter for a chance to win a “Reading Basket”. (Reading Lists available online and at playgroups)

I am a Brain Builder- A Workshop for Parents

Tuesday April 30, 3:30-4:30 pm at The Family Center.
We will examine the importance of early brain development and what ways we can promote it in our children. Parents will learn hands-on Brain Building activities that they can use every day in their own home. Every family will receive “Brain Building” activities and materials to take home. For families with children ages birth-5 years. Refreshments served and on-site child care provided. Transportation available if needed. In collaboration with The Family Place.
Register at 413-664-4821.

Family Literacy Nights at Abbott Memorial School in Florida.

Thursday, April 11 and 25 from 4:00-5:00 pm. Join us for two evenings of reading and fun with books at Abbott Memorial Preschool. The event will be in the cafeteria of Abbott Memorial School, 56 North County Road.  Activities are appropriate for families with children ages 3-5, siblings welcome.

Coffee and Conversation- Parent Advisory Meeting

Friday, May 3- 10:30-11:30 at The Family Center.

Join The Family Center PAC for a “Coffee and Conversation” parent meeting. We will talk about upcoming plans for the spring and summer at The Family Center. The meeting will provide on-site child care in the playroom and light refreshments. New members welcome.
RSVP Mary Jo @413-664-4821 ext. 18

Mud Kitchen at Cricket Creek Farm

Saturday, May 4 from 10:30-12:00.
Join us for a morning of messy nature exploration. Registration required-12 families. This is a messy event; we recommend a change of clothes and boots for the mud.

Call 413-664-4821 to register.

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.

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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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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.

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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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