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Pittsfield Career Center (berkshireworks)

160 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 499-2220 x 145

Milne Public Library

Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education
1095 Main Street, Williamstown, MA 01267 (413) 458-5369

Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.

Haskins Community Center
210 State Street, P. O. Box 172, North Adams, MA 01247 (413) 663-6593
Website: https://ccberkshire.org/
Parent Child Home Program
Parent Child Home Program is a home based early literacy, school readiness program serving families challenged by poverty, low education levels, language barriers and other obstacles to school success. Parent Child Home Program prepares children to succeed in school and is proven to prevent high school dropouts.
• Two, half-hour home visits per week by a trained home visitor.
• Free quality books and toys
• Family events and gatherings
• Parents and children play and read together.
Children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.
• PCHP graduates achieve above the norm scores in standardized tests.
• PCHP graduates achieve scores in several areas, including math and reading, which are higher than similar children who did not participate in PCHP.
• PCHP graduates complete high school at a higher rate than similar children who did not participate in PCHP.
Agencies of The Berkshires: Williamstown 103• PCHP parents learn to teach through play and talking. They strengthen and enhance their bonds with their children.
• PCHP parents develop skills that continue through formal education.
Eligibility Criteria:
• Parent Child Home Program serves families challenged by poverty, low education, language and other barriers. PCHP also serves Family Child Care Providers.

Pittsfield Public Schools

10 Lyman Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 499-9530

Berkshire Community College

1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 499-4660

Helen Berube Teen Parent Program

290 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01202
(413) 443-2530
This is an educational program for pregnant and parenting teens that offers day care on site.

Neighborhood Health Center

510 North Street, Suite 1, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 447-2351
Website: http://chpberkshires.org/medical/336-2/
Services: Evaluation and Treatment, Ongoing care for medical problems, Comprehensive care for chronic conditions, Referrals for specialty care and mental health care, patient and parent education, Same day sick visits, and After-hours coverage by a local physician.
Remarks: Community Health, Rural Area, Permanent Clinic, Year-Round, Full-Time (open 50 hours per week)

Pittsfield Adult Learning Center

141 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 499-9530

Literacy Network of Southern Berkshire (lee Library)

100 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238 (413) 243-0471

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Free Library

NBABE offers the free Career Pathways Program or qualifying North Adams residents who sign up the High School Equivalency Completion Program. Vouchers are available to compensate testing fees, and one-on-one career coaching, college readiness and employment training are also offered. The new program is funded by the city of North Adams.

North Adams Career Center (berkshireworks)

37 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 (413) 663-1111

North Berkshire Ad. Basic Education

375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247 (413) 662-5314

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way and Raising a Thinking Child

Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc., Haskins Community Center
210 State Street, P.O. Box 172, North Adams, MA 01247 (413) 663-6593 OR (508) 664-4821
This program is for families with pre-school age children. Website: http://ccberkshire.org/support/

Parent Child Home Program

940 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 (413) 717-6260
It is open to Southern Berkshire County families

South Berkshire Educational Collaborative

Searles Middle School
79 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 (413) 528-6263

Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program

375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01207
(413) 662-5330 / (413) 662-5310
Website: https://www.mcla.edu/academics/adult-basic-education-program/index.php
The Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program (NBABE) has been based at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for over 30 years. In that time it has continuously helped many area adult learners achieve their academic goals. That is the continuing mission of the program. All classes are free and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education; Adult and Community Learning Services.
Description of Classes
The program offers classes in Basic Skills, HISET Test preparation, College and Career Readiness, Bridge to College and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Students must be at least 16 years old and officially withdrawn from school. The academic year consists of 32 weeks of classes from September through May, though students can enroll at any time.
How to Enroll
Contact the Coordinator to schedule an enrollment meeting. At this meeting, students complete the enrollment form, establish academic goals and take a brief placement test.
Contact: Dale Rich, Clinic Coordinator dale@amherstsurvival.org
Community Store
Hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; Closed Wednesday and Sunday
Contact: Susan Cox, Community Store Coordinator, can be reached via email at susan@amherstsurvival.org.
Community Store Basic Information:
• Inventory consists of donated goods from people and businesses in the community,
• Participants can come in every day the store is open and select one bag’s worth of items for free. Bag is provided.
• Participants can make requests for specific items in the Request Log. They’ll be matched with the items if and when they are donated.

Berkshire Community College

343 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 (413) 528-4521
Project Link
343 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 (413) 236-2175

Construct, Inc.

41 Mahaiwe Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 (413) 528-1985

Baby Safe Haven

Phone: (866)814-SAFE (Children of Hope)

Services: The Safe Haven Act of Massachusetts (2004) allows a parent to legally surrender newborn infants 7 days old or younger at a hospital, police station, or manned fire station without facing criminal prosecution. The Safe Haven Act is an amendment to Chapter 119 of the Massachusetts General Laws, section 39½. The law became effective on October 29, 2004.

Important Terms: 

Newborn infant: a baby 7 days old or younger.

Voluntary placed, voluntary placement or voluntary abandonment: voluntarily leaving the newborn infant with an appropriate person at a designated facility.

Designated Facility: hospital (it is preferred that the newborns specifically be taken to an acute care hospital emergency department), police department or manned fire station; the locations stipulated by the Safe Haven Law.

Appropriate person: someone at a designated facility who is able to ensure that the newborn infant is safe; for example, the triage person in a hospital emergency department or duty officer in a police station.

Notification: An immediate notice to be filed with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) on the voluntary surrender of the newborn infant.

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