Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development

DID YOU KNOW that 74% of children who struggle with reading in 3rd grade will continue to struggle in school?
That’s why Berkshire United Way is working with the community to improve third grade reading proficiency to 90% by 2020. 

We are taking the Pittsfield Promise and Chapter One strategies countywide with the help of the Early Childhood Impact Council, made up of community leaders, providers, educators, experts and more.  Learn more about this council here.
If you have any questions or concerns, or are interested in giving your time, talent or gifts to the early childhood goal area, please contact Karen Vogel, Director of Community Impact, at (413) 442-6948 x22.


Early Childhood Education - 495 children served 
89% progressed to or maintained age appropriate stage in language, social and emotional development.

Home Visiting - 128 children served
84% of parents were reading, singing aloud and/or telling stories to their children each week.

"Our son's confidence has grown, allowing him to stand and take his first steps. His speech has really exploded. Also, he has better use of his hands. As parents, we have learned more about what we can do to help him at home. We know he will be better prepared for a pre-school setting, thanks to his participation in this program."

For a list of funded programs in Early Childhood Development, click here.



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