History

A brief history of Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.
… beginning as the Northern Berkshire Child Care Committee in 1969

1969

  • The agency – Northern Berkshire Child Care Committee – is incorporated.

1972

  • NBCCC signs its first contract with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for child care services.

1979

  • The Monument Square Preschool Center and FCC move to the Haskins Elementary School.

1980

  • The Magic Seasons Center opens on the North Adams State College Campus

1981

  • The Norman Rockwell Center opens on Berkshire Community College Campus.

1982

  • NBCCC changes its name to Child Care of the Berkshires, to better reflect its county-wide programming.

1983

  • The South Berkshire Early Childhood Center opens in the Plain School, Stockbridge.

1984

  • The Children’s Center opens on the Williams College campus for infants and toddlers.

1985

  • CCB contracts with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to operate Voucher Management Program.

1987

  • CCB contracts with the Commonwealth to operate the Resources for Child Care Program.
  • CCB contracts with the Commonwealth to operate the Young Parent Program, a specialized child care program for teen parents.

1989

  • CCB contracts to operate the Pregnant and Parenting Adolescent Support (PASS) Program, its first family support program.

1991

  • CCB merges the operation of the Voucher Management Program with Resources for Child Care Program.

1993

  • CCB contracts with the Commonwealth to operate two new programs, the Parenting Partnership Program and the Northern Berkshire Community Partnership Program.

1994

  • CCB contracts to operate the Tobacco Education Program with new anti-smoking monies from the Commonwealth.
  • RCC holds it first early childhood education conference at the Berkshire Community College.

1995

  • The Norman Rockwell Center and SBECC become the first CCB child care programs accredited by NAEYC.

1996

  • The Magic Seasons Center and the Children’s Center are accredited by NAEYC.
  • CCB sponsors it first Community Baby Shower for all expectant mothers at the Mall.
  • CCB contracts to operate the Healthy Families Newborn Home Visiting Program, to serve all teen parents in Berkshire County.

1998

  • CCB contracts to operate the Lead Poisoning Prevention and Education through a contract with the Department of Public Health.
  • The Monument Square Center is accredited by NAEYC
  • RCC, Family Child Care and the Healthy Families relocate to one building in downtown Pittsfield.

1999

  • CCB contracts to operate the NB Family Net Program that provides activities and parent education for families with children under the age of three.

2000

  • CCB is awarded the Parenting Journey contract.

2001

  • CCB contracts to operate the Parent-Child Home Program, an early literacy home visiting program.
  • CCB contracts to operate the Tobacco Free Advocacy Network (TFAN).
  • The Magic Seasons Center moves to an independent site.

2002

  • CCB contracts to operate the Meld Family Support Program for Healthy Families’ participants.
  • All the child care centers and family child care providers implement the ECERS.

2003

  • CCB operates the Family Development Credential Training Program with 12 staff members earning the credential from Tufts

2004

  • Family Net’s services expand to include programming for the Family Resource Center, expanding its services to families with children under the age of six years.
  • CCB expands the Parent-Child Home Program to include early literacy activities to family child care providers.

2006

  • The SBECC Center moves to the new buillding in Muddy Brook School in Great Barrington.
  • The universal access ramp is completed for the Haskins Community Center, funded with a grant from the Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation.
  • Moved Magic Seasons School Age Program to Brayton Elementary School.

2007

  • Early childhood teachers and family child care educators adopt a new curriculum and assessment tool published by Teaching Strategies with grant funding from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).
  • Child Care of the Berkshires adopts a new logo.
  • CCB is awarded a new grant from the Department of Early Education and Care to provide consultation, training and mentoring to teachers and educators to address children’s challenging behavioral issues.
  • CCB and the Children’s Trust Fund hold its first Steps of Hope event on the steps of Pittsfield’s City Hall, to raise awareness of the negative effects of child abuse and the positive results of prevention activities. Each pair of shoes represents one reported case of child abuse per month in Berkshire County.
  • The Family Resource Center hosts its first Touch-A-Truck Event.

2008

  • The operation of the Children’s Center is transferred to Williams College.

2009

  • CCB embraces the Strengthening Families philosophy in working with families: encouraging parent resilience, reducing parent isolation, increasing the knowledge of parenting and child development, offering support in times of crisis, and nurturing children’s emotional development.

2010

  • CCB is awarded a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to renovate space in the Haskins Community Center for the Monument Square Early Childhood Center. New flooring, lighting, cubbies and storage areas in the classrooms are added.
  • EEC regionalizes the child care resource and referral services.
  • CCB’s Resources for Child Care Program ceases to exist.
  • CCB’s Parent-Child Home Program celebrates its 10th anniversary with special recognition by Senator Ben Downing.

2011

  • The Family Resource Center aligns its programming and merges four programs—the Family Net Program, the Community Partnership Program, the Parent-Child Home Program and the Family Resource Center.

2012

  • CCB completes a second round of renovations to the Haskins Community Center, adding new exterior doors, classroom
    lighting, additional classroom storage, enhancements to the FRC clothing exchange room, and a total make-over of the
    infant room at the Monument Square Early Childhood Center, again with partial funding from the USDA.
  • CCB is awarded a new grant of $305,000 from the Department of Public Health that allows the Healthy Families Program to expand home-visiting services. The grant also funds Berkshire Children and Families’ Parents as Teachers home-visiting program.
  • CCB‘s teachers and Family Child Care educators embrace the STEM curriculum—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Barrett Fund provides mentoring and STEM materials for nine FCC educators in Adams.
  • CCB receives four IBM computers for all of its preschool rooms from EEC through a competitive grant process.

2013

  • CCB expands its North Adams school-age program capacity with a City of North Adams Community Development grant.
  • CCB expands its programming and implements a Youth Mentoring Program in Northern Berkshire. CCB hosts its first Bowl-A-Thon to raise funds for the Mentoring Program.
  • CCB’s family support programs work in collaboration with other community agencies to host Parent Cafés as a new strategy to engage parents in conversations about parenting.

2014

  • UPK funding for quality enhancements in preschool programs is expanded to include all three preschool classrooms at the Monument Square, the Norman Rockwell and South Berkshire Early Childhood Centers.
  • The Monument Square Early Childhood Center renovates its preschool outdoor play space, adding a bike path, tall grasses, trees, and other natural elements with partial funding from the Center’s fundraising efforts. The outdoor design was developed by the playground consultant, Learning by the Yard, with EEC funding.