Early Childhood Development

Help us improve reading proficiency 90% by 2020

Experts recognize that third grade marks the point where children shift from "Learning to read – to reading to learn." Which is why those struggling to read in third grade find it impossible to catch up to their peers, have a higher risk of not graduating high school and as a result encounter limited opportunities for employment. 

Early childhood literacy in Berkshire County must be a goal for all of us – whether or not we have young children – because the success of our youth affects our economy, crime rates, workforce, good citizenry and more. Berkshire United Way uses your support to raise literacy four ways across multiple programs and coalitions.

Achievements & Methods

Early Childhood Impact Council

Parenting Young Children


Wee Read and Ready4K

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Learn more about Ready4K and enroll here.


You help us fund

Berkshire Baby Box
Hello It’s Me Project

18 Degrees
Early Education and Care

Berkshire County Head Start
Child Development Program

Berkshire County Kids Place & Violence Prevention Center
Trauma Recovery Program

Berkshire Family YMCA
Pittsfield Preschool Program

Berkshire Hills Regional School District
Project Connection at Muddy Brook Elementary

Berkshire Nursing Families
Central & South Berkshire County Lactation Support

Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Action Adventures Out of School
Sunshine Preschool

Center for Peace through Culture
CPC LifeSchool Pilot at Crosby Elementary School

Child Care of the Berkshires
Child Care Services
Healthy Families

Community Health Programs
Care Coordination Program at Berkshire Pediatrics

Dalton Community Recreation Association
Kids Club After School Program

Elizabeth Freeman Center
Child Safe Child Strong Program

Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center
Early Childhood Education

Lee Public Schools
Expressive Arts

Lee Youth Association
Busy Bee Learning Center

Pediatric Development Center
PAL Play and Learn
South County Early Intervention


Learn more about

Berkshire Book Houses & Born Learning Trails

Pittsfield Promise

The Word Project


Have Questions?

Contact Karen Vogel, Director of Community Impact, at 413.442.6948 x20 or kvogel@berkshireunitedway.org.