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

Parent- Child Home Program (Now ParentChild+) Granduation

 

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Summer Reading Club

At The Family Center Summer Reading is fun! Relax together with a good book. List the books you read together on our Summer Reading List and come in to The Family Center office for a reading prize!

The Family Center Summer Reading List 2019

June Playgroup Schedule

All Family Center playgroups are free, and drop in for Northern Berkshire families with children ages birth to 8.

Monday– June 10, 17, 24 Busy Bees 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Williamstown Youth Center.  Note- There is no group on Monday, June 3. The Family Center will be closed for a staff training day.

Tuesday– Preschool Art Club 3:30-4:30 p.m. at The Born Learning Trail near the baseball field- Will move to the Family Center Playroom if raining.

Wednesday– Terrific Tots 10:00-11:00 a.m. at The Family Center Playroom.

Thursday– Broad Brook Playground Group 11:30-12:30 p.m.  Harrison Street, Williamstown. In case of rain we will be in the Williamstown Youth Center.

Friday Morning Drop in Playtime-June 7 and 14.  10:00-12:00 noon in The Family Center Playroom.

Book Discussion with Author of New Parenting Book at The Williams College Bookstore

On June 20th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Amy Hall, the Family Center Program Director, will join author Adelia Moore, to discuss her new book, Being the Grownup:  Love, Limits and the Natural Authority of Parenthood at the Williams College Bookstore on Spring Street in Williamstown.  Light snacks will be available.  Books will be available for purchase at the bookstore. This is a drop-in event, no need to register.

Balls, Blocks, Beads and Books-An ASQ Event

Friday June 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in The Family Center Playroom A  fun interactive event providing developmental screening  for children 1 to 5 years old! Children will explore play stations, while parents complete an Ages and Stages questionnaire. Staff will score the completed questionnaire and share the results with parents during a follow up meeting. Call 413-664-4821 to pre-register.

Adams Lego Club

Tuesday, June 25, 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Join The Family Center for an hour of building with Legos at Adams Free Library from 10:00-11:00 am. We will have different size Legos for all ages. Free for all Northern Berkshire Families with children ages 8 years and under.

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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Williamstown Holiday Walk 2018

Watch Alison Bost talk about the Promises to Keep capital Campaign on WilliNet at the Williamstown Holiday Walk

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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/

5th WALK for MA CHILDREN

Several current CCB staff and former CCB staff participated in the 5th WALK for MA CHILDREN on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Sue and Tim Crane organized this cross- state walk to highlight the needs of children in the state’s communities and to involve communities in meeting these needs.

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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