Early Childhood Impact Council

Making early education a priority in Berkshire County.

The Early Childhood Impact Council (ECIC) works in collaboration with Berkshire Compact, as a broad, county-wide effort using supportive data, advocacy, professional development, policy changes and marketing approaches to help reach our population goal of improving reading proficiency by 3rd Grade.

You Help Us Achieve

Improved Social & Emotional Functioning
67% improvement among local children receiving early intervention services

Increased Home Activities & Use of Resources
Home visiting reported a 12% increase of parents doing activities with their children and a 16% increase of using provided informational and educational resources. 

Progress in Language Development
96% of participating children are maintaining or progressing in language development. 

Research-Backed Programming

Early Intervention
Literacy development begins at birth.
BUW interventions begin as early as birth because a baby’s brain forms 700 new neural connections per second, making those early years hugely important to learning potential. 

Home Visiting
Involved parents ensure greater success.
BUW supported tools, guidance and techniques encourage parents to provide a safe and nurturing environment with age-appropriate expectations.

Early Education & Care
The achievement gap can be conquered.
BUW programs build vocabulary and encourage reading to help children from low-income families move towards more predictable success with skills that last a lifetime, like problem solving, taking initiative, working with others.

Family Engagement
Thriving homes rewards us all.
BUW programs encourage successful learners and future community members with resources and support for providers as well as extended family.

Collaborative Advocacy

MA 2017 Budget highlights for early education and care included: 

  • $15 million for a workforce rate reserve
  • $200,000 for preschool planning grants
  • $1 million for Reach Out and Read

An additional two percent rate increase was announced December 2017. This total package is worth $28.6 million — which is the largest rate hike in more than a decade.

To learn more, contact Julie Singley at jsingley@berkshireunitedway.org or call 413.442.6948 x32.