Family Services

Child Care of the Berkshires offers a variety of family support programs, providing a range of services including: child care subsidies, home visiting, support groups, playgroups, parent education, information and referrals.

The Family Center

The Family Center believes that parents are the child’s first teacher and that play is how children learn. Our groups and programs give parents the support they need to be loving and nurturing and to guide children in positive ways toward becoming healthy, happy productive adults. Focusing on serving families with children prenatal through Age 8.

Play & Learn Groups: held mornings and evenings throughout the week. Click link for the schedule: Playgroup Schedule Winter 2020

Parent Education and Special Events are planned throughout the year. For information on parent education and special activities and events click link for… [Continue Reading]







ParentChild+ is a home based early literacy, school readiness program serving families challenged by poverty, low education levels, language barriers and other obstacles to school success.  ParentChild+ prepares children to succeed in school and is proven to prevent high school dropouts.


Two half-hour home visits per week by a trained home visitor. Free quality books and toys Family events and gatherings



Parents and children play and read together. Children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten. Graduates achieve above the norm scores in standardized tests. Graduates achieve scores in several… [Continue Reading]

Healthy Families Program

Raising a child is the most important, and most challenging job anyone can take on. The Healthy Families program provides support to first-time young parents, age 20 and under. Home visiting services can begin prenatally and can continue until the child’s third birthday. All services are FREE, voluntary and confidential.

Program Services Offered:

A home visitor will work with parents and will get to know them and  the baby Information  and support will be given on such issues as pregnancy, labor/delivery, child development, parenting, and child health issues The home visitor can help set goals and  find the right… [Continue Reading]

Childhood Lead Prevention Program

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)  works with families, health care professionals, homeowners, landlords, realtors, and other community stakeholders to prevent lead poisoning in children under the age of six. We cover Berkshire, Franklin, and Hampshire counties and services are free of charge. The program works on 2 fronts:

Education & Training – we provide information, education and trainings about lead poisoning, state laws and testing regulations & resources in the community to address lead issues.

Case Management – Community Health Outreach Workers make home visits to families with children who have elevated lead levels that are referred… [Continue Reading]

Parenting Partnership Program

The Parenting Partnership Program provides a trained home visitor to work with parents in their homes. Working side-by-side with families, the home visitor helps them to build on their strengths and helps them to reach their goals to become more effective parents. The Parenting Partner will work directly with parents to:

Offer support, Help parents learn age appropriate discipline techniques, Access community resources, Find employment, training, or educational opportunities, Locate adequate housing, Manage house related issues such as budgeting.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Most families are served through a closed referral system which must come through the Family Networks. We welcome all… [Continue Reading]

Young Parent Child Care Program

The Young Parent Program is designed to assist teen parents with self-sufficiency and success in meeting their individual goals for completion of school or employment, as well their parenting goals. The Young Parent Coordinator meets with the teen parent, identifies strengths and challenges, and assists the teen parent in meeting these goals.  The Coordinator and the teen select child care services, choosing from center based programs and family child care homes.

We provide:

Weekly meetings and counseling On-going parent education Home visits Case management, advocacy and referrals to community services Group activities and discussions Child care for children in… [Continue Reading]