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

Ooey Gooey STEAM Night.

Ooey Gooey STEAM Night. Tuesday, March 31 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School Street. Join us for hands-on fun with many stations featuring Science Technology Engineering, Art and Math activities for children to explore. FREE community event for the whole family! For ages 8 and under.

Parent Focus Group

Parent Focus Group Give the Massachusetts Department of Public Health your feedback and receive a $25 gift card.  Our Family Center is hosting a parent focus group on Thursday, March 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. focused on the Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood.  Parents can have a say in a new initiative focused on social connections in early childhood.  FREE child care, dinner and transportation (if needed).  Call the Family Center at 664-4821 to register.

Family Center at Mass MoCA

Family Center at Mass MoCA Tuesday, March 24 from 10:00 -11:00 am.  Join us in Kidspace at MASS MoCA for an hour of art exploration, story time, activities, and art making. We’ll play and create in Kidspace exhibition Still I Rise which shows us how we’re all unique and the same.  For families with children up to age 8 years. Call 413-664-4821 to register – limited slots.

How to Get Organized Workshop

How to Get Organized Workshop on Friday March 13 from 10:30 to noon at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Conference Room, 61 Main St., Rm. 213, North Adams. Join the Family Center and The Family Place to create a planner to help organize medical and emergency contact info, financial Info, simple budgeting and meal planning. Each family will receive a binder and planner to take home. Transportation and child care available by request.  In partnership with The Family Place, a program of NBCC.  Call Stephanie to register at 413-663-7588.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk –

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk –Starts first week of April –Register now  A Free 4-Week Parent Class Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and May 6 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.   At The Family Center. This class for parents of 2.5-8 year olds offers practical strategies that work in everyday parenting.  Learn how to deal with a child’s feelings and resolve family conflicts peacefully. FREE child care, dinner and transportation (if needed).  Call to register at 413 664-4821.

Annual Meeting Celebrates 50 Years

Photo Credit: iBerkshires.com

This weekend iBerkshires.com published an article about Child Care of the Berkshire’s annual meeting with a keynote address by EEC Commissioner Samantha Aigner-Treworgy. Follow this link to read the full article on iBerkshires.com.

 

Photo credit: iBerkshires.com

Winter Reading Logs

Winter Reading: Turn in your reading list when you have finished reading 10 books together. Each child who has read 10 books can pick out a small prize from our reading treasure box. Each family that participates will receive a new book at the end of winter. Winter Reading lists will be at playgroups and online in our newsletter link. Have fun reading together!

The Family Center Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

The Family Center Parent Advisory Council (PAC). New members needed! Upcoming Meeting Scheduled March 24 at 5:00 p.m. Parent involvement is one of the key goals of our program. This year the PAC meetings will focus on parent feedback and input into our program. It is also an opportunity for parents to learn leadership skills, build their resume and make connections in the community. For mothers and fathers. All meetings are one hour and include food and childcare. Interested?  Call 413-664-4821 to sign up or email mbelanger@ccberkshire.org

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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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 (CCB) is currently recruiting licensed child 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 child 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?

 

 

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/

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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