Parenting Young Children

Word of the Day (WOD) 

The Word of the Day calendar is a collaborative project with the Berkshire Museum that is designed to build vocabulary throughout the summer to help children develop literacy skills.

The calendars are distributed to our community partners — schools, summer programs, libraries, cultural venues, and local businesses — to use with children and families.  We encourage everyone to post the calendars at home, work and on their Facebook page. 

For the first time this year, the WOD calendar will be printed on the ceiling of 10 Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) buses. These graphics will provide families with “teachable moments” as they are en route to their destination.

Download your own Word of the Day calendar.


Free Fun Friday BRTA Bus Passes

Free Fun Fridays, an annual summer program offered by the Highland Street Foundation, offers visitors no-cost admission to treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. The program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer.

In partnership with AVANGRID, parent company of Berkshire Gas, The Avangrid Foundation, and the BRTA, Berkshire United Way will provide free bus fares to and from six Free Fun Friday venues on BRTA bus routes.  Families simply need to pick up a free, reusable Free Fun Friday bus pass at Berkshire United Way, 200 South Street in Pittsfield, or at the BRTA ticket counter.  Passes will also be available at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Berkshire Museum, Family Resource Center, CHP, the Family Center of Northern Berkshire and community events Berkshire United Way participates in – just look for the Pittsfield Promise or Chapter One table. 

Have a rising kindergartner, but missed our Day of Caring?

You can pick up your child's backpack at any of the following locations.  Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation.

  • The Family Resource Center - 480  West Street, Pittsfield, 2nd floor at Berkshire Center for Children and Families
    Phone: 413-442- 5333 ext 266
  • Pittsfield Public School Administration Building - 269 First Street, Pittsfield
    Phone: 413-499 9568
  • Here at the United Way - 200 South Street, Pittsfield
    Phone: 413-442-6948
  • The Family Resource Center in North Adams - 210 State Street, North Adams
    Phone: 413-664-4821

Visit a Born Learning Trail...

The Born Learning Trail is a series of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young childen and their families.  It helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality engagement opportunities when out on a stroll or visiting a local playground.      
There are currently four Born Learning Trails in Berkshire County.

  • Springside Park in Pittsfield
  • Durant Park in Pittsfield
  • Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School in Great Barrington
  • Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield

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