This past year has been both exciting and challenging.
CCB has continued to focus on EEC initiatives that promote quality programming. Child care staff registered their training on the EEC Professional Qualifications Registry. CCB continued to encourage current teachers to gain their degrees, and accessed the EEC educator scholarships.
Additionally, we have made efforts to recruit and retain teachers with degrees. Six child care staff participated in two days of training on the Quality Rating Improvement Scale with the goal of moving up one level on the new scale. One of CCB’s Family Child Care providers received a special grant to assist her movement on the scale. All CCB programs embraced the philosophy and implementation of the “Strengthening Families” approach, in order to better serve parents and reduce the high incidents of child abuse.
In FY 11, the Board approved its Strategic Plan with a goal to develop new services and partnerships in order to meet the needs of families in the community. CCB submitted a proposal to expand its Healthy Families Program.
This application was made in partnership with Berkshire Children and Families to expand their Parents as Teachers program.
Both programs are home-visiting programs. The grant was not funded in the Spring of 2011, which was a disappointment.
However, in the fall of 20111, the Department of Public Health awarded CCB the contract.
The grant brings $305,000 of new funding to the two targeted communities of North Adams and Pittsfield in which child maltreatment is a very serious issue.
CCB could not achieve these successes without the full support of the teachers and staff, the members of the Board, the volunteers, our partnering agencies, our funders, all who make up the community of Child Care of the Berkshires.
I am extremely appreciative of their support and dedication.