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

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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May Lego Group at the Library

The Family Center and the North Adams Library invites families with children ages 4 to 12 years old, to join us for an evening of fun! Thursdays, May 11th and 25th  from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the third floor of the North Adams Library. We provide Legos for the group so your child can build and create!
The group is FREE and drop in!
Call the Family Center at 664-4821 or The North Adams Public Library at 662-3133 for more information.

 

Learn 6 Steps to Healthier Living

Presented by The Family Center and Berkshire Health Systems. A wellness workshop for parents of young children. Learn how to be resilient and to foster resilience in your child. Thursday, May 18th 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The Family Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. Register NOW to reserve your spot.  Space is limited. Child care and transportation provided if needed. Each parent who participates will receive a FREE wellness/gratitude journal. Call 664-4821 to register.

A Spring Storytime: Stories in Bloom.

Friday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00a.m. at the Adams Free Library, 92 Park Street, Adams. In the lower level. Join us to listen to spring stories and create a special spring craft!

Dad and Family Pizza and Playtime

Monday, May 22nd,  5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Haskins Center Gym at The Family Center,  210 State St., North Adams.
Dads, Moms, families and Children are all welcome. Enjoy a slice of pizza and some active playtime, songs and a story.
Drop in and join us!

Mom’s Night Out Yoga and Relaxation

Tuesday, May 23, 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Outside of The Family Center on grass behind playground. (Weather permitting) 210 State Street, North Adams.  Join us for an evening of gentle yoga with instructor Amanda Chilson. A light snack will be offered. Child care and transportation available if needed. To register call 664-4821.

The Value of a Dollar. Teaching your Kids about money.

A FREE parent workshop presented by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Wednesday May 24 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. At The Family Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. Help your child learn to save, spend wisely and be successful.   A workshop for parents of children kindergarten to 8th grade. FREE transportation, pizza dinner & child care! Call the Family Center to register, 413-664-4821.

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

Please follow click read more to see video

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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Baby and Me Playgroup

Baby and Me Playgroup

New time and date. Every Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 pm in The Family Center Playroom.

 Drop by to play with your baby in a fun, baby friendly room with toys, books and baby activities. Meet and talk with other parents with babies the same age. Enjoy a Baby and Me circle time with songs and finger plays!

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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Pittsfield, North Adams aim to fill the early childhood program gaps

Pittsfield, North Adams aim to fill the early childhood program gaps
By Jenn Smith

jsmith@berkshireeagle.com @JennSmith_Ink on Twitter

http://ccberkshire.org/2016/01/pittsfield-north-adams-aim-to-fill-the-early-childhood-program-gaps/

Berkshire Eagle
Posted:Sun Jan 24 16:33:53 MST 2016

Photo Gallery | Child Care of the Berkshires preschool program

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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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