President & CEO
With great pleasure, we present CCB’s Annual Report. It was a year of new projects, collaborations, and achievements.
One of the highlights in the year was the grant awarded by the Department of Early Education and Care to Child Care of the Berkshires for the Birth through Grade 3 Alignment Collaborative. The Northern Berkshire Collaborative included CCB, the North Adams Public School, Head Start, Early Intervention, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the Northern Berkshire YMCA. Throughout the year, the Coordinator worked with the partners and the Advisory Committee to align educational practices in the Northern Berkshire area, improve educational leadership, and focus on methods to engagement of parents in their children’s education.
Our programs continued to be recognized for their quality. The Children’s Trust recognized the Healthy Families Program with an “All Star” award and the Family Center as a “model” program. Three of CCB’s child care centers and three family child care homes attained Level 3 status on the EEC Quality Rating Improvement System on a scale of 1 – 4. Less than 3% of the early education providers have attained this distinction.
The Berkshire Community Taconic Foundation allocated new funds to expand the Parent Child Home Program in Adams and Dalton. The Mentoring Program received a two-year funding award from Mass Mentoring; the annual Bowl-a-thon raised additional monies with many bowling teams participating. The Berkshire United Way funded our three Community Impact proposals for the Healthy Families Program, the Parent Child Home Program and the child care programming for the coming year. The Monument Square Team continued to raise funds to improve their play yard. Staff participated in the Walk For MA Children event, raising funds for our programming.
The dedication of our fine staff and commitment of the Board of Directors ensures CCB’s continuing ability to support families and to educate young children. Our funders and partnering agencies are key to our successes. CCB is greatly appreciative of everyone’s on-going hard work and support to make our agency a leader in the field of early childhood education and family support, in our local communities and beyond.
William Robinson, Board Chair and Anne Nemetz-Carlson, President/CEO