Welcome to Child Care of the Berkshires

Child Care of the Berkshires

Mission Statement- Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. strengthens families through high quality child care, education, support services and advocacy.

Child Care of the Berkshires is guided by the following beliefs: 

  • High quality child care encourages a child’s total growth and development in physical, social language, and cognitive areas.
  • Families need to be linked to a variety of resources in the community.
  • Services are best provided in a collaborative and cooperative fashion.
  • Child care, parent support and educational programs should reflect the cultural diversity in our communities.

A Message from the President/CEO & Chair

Dear Friends,

The importance of early education to our children and families is the driving force behind all of Child Care of the Berkshires’ programming:  90% of a child’s brain is developed by age five.  Incredibly, the baby’s brain doubles in size in the first year.

What better time to be partnering with parents and their very young children in our Healthy Families Program or coaching and modeling positive parent interactions in our Parent-Child Home Program?

What a superb opportunity for the Northern Berkshire Family Center to plan a myriad of parent and child activities – including play groups, parent education and leadership events, and story times at the libraries.

How fortunate are our children to be greeted by the teachers and family child care providers and encouraged in their play and language development in a safe and secure learning environment while parents work or attend school.  Our dedicated teachers, home visitors and family engagement specialists make daily impact and lay the groundwork for the up-and-coming generation.

The Board joins our enthusiastic staff in advocating for excellent programming for young children and families in need, acting as ambassadors and bolstering CCB’s presence in our neighborhoods.

CCB could not effect change and have a powerful impact without the Board’s unwavering support.

CCB is proud of its role as a leader in the field of early childhood education and family support.  It’s a great honor to be part of Child Care of the Berkshires and fulfill a key promise:

Start Early… End Smart   

 

Sincerely,

Anne Nemetz-Carlson, President/CEO       Liz Costley, Chair

 

 

 

Happenings at Child Care of the Berkshires

Dad and Family Bowling and Pizza Time

Dad and Family Bowling and Pizza Time – December 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Valley Park Bowl in North Adams FREE for Northern Berkshire families with children 8 years old and under. FREE book for each child. Dads and families are invited to join us for an hour for pizza and candle pin bowling! Call to register, 413-664-4821. Spots are limited!

“Not A Box” Family Night at Lanesboro Public Library

“Not A Box” Family Night at Lanesboro Public Library -November 14th at 6:00 p.m.  (83 North Main St. Lanesboro) Families with children of all ages are invited to a storytime with the book Not A Box by Antoinette Portis. We will foster creativity by building with boxes.

Thankful Storytime at Cheshire Public Library

Thankful Storytime at Cheshire Public Library- Tuesday, November 12th at 10:00 am. (23 Depot St. Cheshire). Families with children of all ages are invited to a storytime around being thankful. We will have some fun activities and light snack to follow.

“Giving Thanks” Family Activity and Parent Meeting

“Giving Thanks” Family Activity and Parent Meeting – Friday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. at The Family Center. Light refreshments and child care provided. Join us to enjoy a simple “gratitude” art activity together, while sharing ideas and feedback on Family Center activities.  Learn how you can get more involved.  Transportation upon request. Call 413-664-4821 to register

Intro to Cloth Diapering Workshop

Intro to Cloth Diapering Workshop – Friday, November 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at The Family Center. Do you want to start using cloth diapers but don’t know where to start? Are you confused about cloth options? Maybe you are wondering if cloth diapering could really be for you? Molly Bellner, local mom and avid cloth diaper-er, will walk participants through the “Whats, Whens, Whys, Wheres, and How-Tos” of cloth diapering. If you are already using cloth, bring your questions and issues to troubleshoot. We will offer FREE gently used and sanitized cloth diapers and some new covers at the workshop. Call 413-664-4821 to register.

NEW Playgroup at Youth Center Inc. in Cheshire

NEW Playgroup at Youth Center Inc. in Cheshire -This playgroup will run Tuesdays from 11:00-12:00 for ages infants to 8 years. Starting on November 5 at 191 Church St. in Cheshire. Each Tuesday we will have a weekly art activity and different toys to engage with to promote early learning. We will end with a circle and snack time.

Healthy Families program attended the monthly meeting of the Yankee Pride Quilt Guild of Pittsfield.

“Last week Becky Krysiak from the Healthy Families program, a program of Child Care of the Berkshires, attended the monthly meeting of the Yankee Pride Quilt Guild of Pittsfield. This wonderful group began donating beautiful baby quilts to the program 9 years ago. This group, with their community-minded spirit, wanted to provide a way of welcoming new little members to the community, and the quilts are provided as a “Welcome Baby’ gift to all new parents in the program. The members of the Guild made it their goal to donate 1,000 quilts to the program, and this month they made that magic number!

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NEW! Little Wonders Baby Group.

NEW! Little Wonders Baby Group. Every Wednesday from 11:30-12:30 at The Family Center Playroom, 210 State St. North Adams. Mothers, Fathers and Grandparents are invited to join The Family Center for an hour of playtime with their baby! Learn new ways to engage with your little one, meet other parents and support each other as you navigate the first year of parenting. Suitable for families with babies under 12 months. Siblings welcome.  

ParentChild+, formerly Parent-Child Home Program, is recruiting

ParentChild+, formerly Parent-Child Home Program, is recruiting families with 16 months – 4 year olds for a FREE fun home program, with free books, toys and activities for your child, starting this fall.  ParentChild+ is a way to help your child learn through play.  Call Karen at Northern Berkshire ParentChild+ to learn more: (413) 664-4821 ext. 20.

Child Care of the Berkshires was recognized on June 12, 2019 at the Children’s Trust Annual Parenting Education and Support Network Meeting for their commitment to provide parents with the tools and resources to build self- confidence and gain lifelong skills to ensure their children grow up safe and healthy.

Parent- Child Home Program (Now ParentChild+) Granduation

 

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Child Care of the Berkshires (CCB) is currently recruiting licensed day care providers to join our Family Child Care system

Are you a new provider looking for support as you get your program off the ground? Perhaps you a veteran provider seeking assistance with filling your program spots? Regardless of your situation, Child Care of the Berkshires can help!! We are looking for dedicated family day care providers of all ages and experience levels to join our team. We will work closely with you to enroll children into your program, our goal being to find the best possible fit for both you and the child.

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Berkshire Eagle article: ‘They are with us’: A mother’s tale of a blended family

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/they-are-with-usmoms-tale-of-of-a-blended-family,573147?

 

 

Family Center Playgroup with Lincoln the Therapy Dog

On Friday May 17 Lincoln, a trained therapy dog, visited our Friday group. Children had a chance to pet and interact with him. He shared in on a “puppy dog theme” storybook, craft, snack and free play in the playroom. Thank you to parent, Marcia Bailey, for bringing Lincoln to visit our playgroup.

https://mng-neni.smugmug.com/Standalone-Features/Lincoln-Therapy-Dog-051719/i-gT7h9Pq

 

Kate Cyr, an Honoree at the Early Educator’s Evening held at BCC

The Norman Rockwell Early Childhood Center is pleased to announce that Kate Cyr, one of our experienced teachers, was an Honoree at the Early Educator’s Evening held at BCC on Thursday April 25, 2019.  Kate has been a teacher for many years, including over a year with Child Care of the Berkshires.  She joined Norman Rockwell in September of 2018 and has been a valuable addition to our small family of teachers.  Berkshire Community College and Berkshire United Way saluted some of the finest educators and thanked them for sharing their talents, knowledge, creativity and love of learning with our youth.  Congratulations Kate!  We join BCC and Berkshire United Way in thanking you for making a difference in our classrooms and community, one day at a time.

Step Up for Kids 2019

Child Care of the Berkshires and the Children’s Trust organized the Step Up for Kids event that was held on April 12th to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention month.  Local leaders talked about the importance of prevention programs including Family Centers and the Healthy Families programs.  Parent Cassandra Gauthier shared how the Family Center parent education classes have connected her with other parents and given her important parenting information.  She said “I will take as many classes as I can to make sure I am the best parent I can be”.

Healthy Families program

The Healthy Families program, a program of Child Care of the Berkshires, has been having fun taking to the Berkshire County legislators all the beautiful shamrocks that Healthy Families’ participants have created! Thank you Representative Mark, Representative Pignatelli, Representative Farley-Bouvier, Representative Barrett, and Senator Hinds for making the time to meet with us and hear from participants what the Healthy Families program has meant to them. We so appreciate your support! And THANK YOU, Healthy Families participants, for your time in creating the shamrocks, and for those who were able to join us at the visits!!

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Northern Berkshire United Way Born Learning Trail

Child Care of the Berkshires worked with the Northern Berkshire United Way to install a Born Learning Trail in between our building and Noel Field.  Check out to video to learn more.

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Are interested in pursuing an ECE degree?

If you are interested in pursuing an ECE degree, the Teachingdegree.org recently released a series of degree guides.

The guide to Online Associate Degrees in Early Childhood Education is a valuable resource for anyone looking to enter the field. It discusses financial aid, scholarships, career outlooks, typical admission requirements, and useful resources.

Guide to ECE Associate Degrees – www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/associate-early-childhood-education/
Guide to ECE Bachelor’s Degrees – www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/bachelors-early-childhood-education/
Guide to ECE Master’s Degrees – www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/masters-early-childhood-education/

Family Child Care Provider Abby Ketchum

CCB would like to congratulate Family Child Care Provider Abby Ketchum (pictured on the right) on being recognized at the 3rd Annual Early Childhood Educator’s Evening for her excellence in teaching young children for over 37 years.

Abby’s enthusiastic style captures the children’s attention and creates an environment conducive to hands-on learning.

Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

For more information, contact:
Tamara Stephens
413-663-6593 ext. 26

For immediate release:
January 17, 2018

Norman Rockwell Early Childhood Center, of Child Care of the Berkshires Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

[Pittsfield, MA] – Norman Rockwell Early Childhood Center, of Child Care of the Berkshires,  located in Pittsfield, MA has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

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Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. Receives $5000 Donation from the Massachusetts Bankers Association Charitable Foundation

 

CCB Awarded EEOST Grant for $1,000,000!

NORTH ADAMS, MA (June 8, 2017) – Anne Nemetz-Carlson, President/CEO, announced that the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and Children’s Investment Fund has awarded to Child Care of the Berkshires a new grant of $1,000,000 to make improvements to the Haskins facility which houses the Monument Square Early Childhood Center and a variety of family support programs, including the Family Center, the Healthy Families Program, and the Parent Child Home Early Literacy Program.

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Help Support CCB through Amazon Smile

 #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2457299 and Amazon donates to Child Care of the Berkshires Inc.

 

 

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