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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

You Help Us Fund 

Berkshire Children and Families
Early Education and Care

Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center, Inc.
Trauma Recovery Program

Berkshire Nursing Families
Central and South County Lactation Support Program

Berkshire Book Houses & Born Learning Trails

Chapter One...Our Towns. Our Kids. Our Future.

Child Care of the Berkshires
Early Education and Care Services
Healthy Families/Parent Child Home Programs

Community Health Programs
CHP Family Service

Elizabeth Freeman Center
Child Safe/Child Strong Program

Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center
Early Childhood Education

Lee Youth Association
Busy Bee Preschool

Pediatric Development Center
PAL Play and Learn Program
South County Early Intervention

Pittsfield Promise

The Word Project

Have Questions?

Contact Stephanie Adornetto, Coordinator of Early Childhood Development at (413) 442-6948 x22 for more information.