CCB has had much to celebrate this past year, in both its early childhood programs and in its family support programs. Our educators continue to embrace the online curriculum planning and assessment tools offered by Teaching Strategies GOLD. Teachers continue to measure children’s growth and plan activities that promote school readiness, including early literacy.
CCB expanded its Parent-Child Home Program to families located in Central Berkshire, in partnership with the Central Berkshire School District. The Famiyl Resource Center received a grant to implement a dialogic, evidenced based early literacy program and started the “Raising A Reader” program in the Northern Berkshire area. CCB is actively working to fill the “word-gap.”
Once again,the directors and educators participated in EEC’s Qualti y Rating Improvement System (QRIS) and received additional monies to meet a variety of quality criteria that moved the centers up the QRIS scale.
There were several “firsts” last year. The Youth Mentoring Program became a reality with funding from the Northern Berkshire United Way and Mass Mentoring.The Mentoring Program hosted an Ameri-corps volunteer,established policies and procedures, organized a Bowl-a-thon and matched 15 children to mentors.
CCB submitted applications to the Berkshire United Way for Community Impact funding, and received awards for the expansion of the Healthy Families Program, for its Centraland South Berkshire early childhood programs and an expansion of the Parent-Child Home Program. We continue to partner with BUW’s Pittsfield Promise, focusing on literacy efforts and raising awareness of the importance of vocabulary and reading with children.
The Healthy Families Program began to host Parent Cafes as a methodology to improve parents’ understanding of child development and reduce isolation. The Family Resource Center implemented two key parenting classes,How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk in Pittsfield and The Parenting Journey in North Adams, in partnership with the Family Place. These activities are based on the philosophy and implementation of the “Strengthening Families” approach which in turn better serve parents and reduce the high incidents of child abuse.
Our staff is talented and dedicated. They are actively involved in their professional development. They work with colleagues and partners in the community for positive outcomes. They are committed to quality programming and effective services.
The Board continues to actively support the mission of the Agency, providing leadership and thoughtful governance. Child Care of the Berkshires is vibrant,growing,and changing while meeting the needs offamilies and children, and promoting their success.
Thank you to all.
Anne Nemetz- Carlson
President and Chief Executive Officer