Berkshire Bank Foundation Gift

Berkshire Bank Foundation has granted Child Care of the Berkshires (CCB)
a donation of $2,500 to purchase new room dividers and shelving for the
Monument Square Early Childhood Center.  The Monument Square Center
serves more than 75 children in six different class rooms from families in North
Adams and Adams.  The majority are working parents.  The new equipment will
assist the early childhood teachers in defining learning areas – such as math areas,
reading areas, science areas and block areas. The new shelving will make the learning
environments in the classrooms more welcoming, more functional and more interesting
to the children.  The improved learning areas will result in the children making gains in
cognitive and language skills, in their fine and gross motor skills, and in their social
emotional development.  The teachers at CCB use Teaching Strategies’ assessment reports
to measure the children’s growth in these areas to ensure that their “readiness-to-learn”
improves, in preparation for the transition to kindergarten. The Perry Preschool study
has demonstrated that for every $1 invested in early childhood education, $14 is saved
in remedial services. The Monument Square center is licensed by the MA Department
of Early Education and Care and is NAEYC accredited.

CCB Executive Director Anne Nemetz-Carlson said, “We are thrilled to have received
such a generous grant from Berkshire Bank Foundation.  The gift will improve the
classroom environments and enhance the development of the young students.
We want our children to participate in hands-on learning activities so that they
will be ready-to-learn when they enter kindergarten. Our mission is high quality
child care and this gift will have a direct impact on the young children who attend
the Center.”