Early Childhood Impact Council

Early Childhood Impact Council

The Early Childhood Impact Council is a countywide, community led committee that aims to improve third grade reading proficiency for all Berkshire County students.  Using a collective impact approach, the council has committed to the goal of 90% proficiency for all 3rd graders, using shared measurement, multiple reinforcing activities and continuous communication with Berkshire United Way acting as the backbone support.  The council is working to improve the following conditions: 

  • Increase % of students Birth-5 enrolled in programs - early intervention, home visiting, and licensed early education and care programs (Early Education and Care/others)
  • Increase % of early education programs that have reached Level 2 or above on the Quality Rating and Improvement Scale (Quality Rating Improvement System, Early Education and Care)
  • Increase % of students that are measuring progress in Social Emotional Development and Language Development (Early Childhood Programs)
  • Increase % of Grade 3 students who report college aspirations (Berkshire Compact)
  • Increase family engagement

The Council is currently made up of:

  • The Steering Committee consisting of Berkshire United Way board members, Berkshire Compact committee members, and Berkshire United Way staff
  • Berkshire United Way Funded Partners
  • Service Providers for early education and care, early intervention, home visiting, out of school time, and financial stability
  • Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
  • Berkshire County K-12 educators
  • Higher Education – MCLA/BCC
  • Health Systems - Berkshire Health Systems, Community Health Programs, Mental Health
  • Community Members 
  • Business Partners
  • Funding Resources and Partners
  • Local and state delegates

Watch "The Case for Early Education" - a recording of our Early Education Advocacy Day on November 4, 2016.

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