Healthy Families of Berkshire County

Healthy Families of Berkshire County The program provides support to first-time young parents, age 20 and under. Home visiting services can begin prenatally and until the child is three.
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04/22/2020
The Beauty of Planet Earth

Today is Earth Day! Take some time today to view this post with your child - to remind you of the wonder and beauty of our planet!

Clips from the television series: Planet Earth. Music: Steve Jablonsky - My Name is Lincoln Extended Version.

04/22/2020
Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.

Please see the message below from our agency, Child Care of the Berkshires. Parents who are receiving subsidies will not lose their vouchers.

Governor Baker announced that early education and care programs (center based and family child care) will remain closed until Monday, June 29. This does not apply to the emergency care sites currently in operation.
As the Commonwealth grapples with the peak of COVID-19 impact, this decision was made to prioritize the health and safety of residents, families and educators while allowing EEC to work with stakeholders, providers and businesses to plan for a safe and thoughtful strategy for reopening.
EEC will continue to pay for subsidies, including parent fees, for our families enrolled in subsidized child care. Parents who receive subsidies will not lose their vouchers.

Join Hancock Shaker Village TODAY at 11:00 for a live stream of the baby animals - cuteness overload indeed!
04/22/2020

Join Hancock Shaker Village TODAY at 11:00 for a live stream of the baby animals - cuteness overload indeed!

Cuteness overload: Join us here tomorrow and every Wednesday at 11 am for VIRTUAL FARM FRIENDS. We’ll live stream for 10-15 minutes and show you all the new life in the barn. See the adorable lambs, kids and calves and listen to fun facts and stories with Farmer Billy.
#babyanimals #homeschool #museumfromhome #intheberkshires

Hancock Shaker Village
04/20/2020

Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Stories: lambs

We had to share this beautiful photo taken by our head gardener Lauren Piotrowski yesterday that captures the magic of what is happening in the barn.

As she writes: “all our lambs have been born! We can sleep a bit easier at night....but planting time is upon us now and as the days get longer the important work on the farm to do shifts to the fields. It’s a beautiful honor to work so closely with the rhythms of nature.”

#womenfarmers #rolemodel #regenerativeagriculture #regenerativefarming

We may not be able to go visit Hancock Shaker Village to see the baby animals like we do every year, but mark your calen...
04/17/2020

We may not be able to go visit Hancock Shaker Village to see the baby animals like we do every year, but mark your calendars because every Wednesday at 11 they will be live streaming a visit to the barn so that you and your child can still see the baby animals!

VIRTUAL FARM FRIENDS: We miss all the school groups that come during Baby Animals. So, we will be LIVE STREAMING here on Facebook in the barn every Wednesday at 11 am, starting next week. This free 10-15 minute session is perfect for school groups, teachers, parents, kids at home, and the just plain curious. Watch as Farmer Billy and others teach you about the baby animals — learn about their care, and see them romp, eat, and even get into a bit of mischief every once in a while. If you’re lucky, you might even see a baby animal being born.
#babyanimals #farmfriends #hancockshakervillage #intheberkshires #homeschool #virtuallearning

04/17/2020
The Children's Trust

The Children's Trust

“Healthy Families helped me learn how to raise my son differently than how I was raised. I raise him with a lot of love, patience, acceptance.”

Please help us reach more young families. childrenstrustma.org/donate

#StepUp4Kids #AloneTogether #ChildAbusePreventionMonth

We are here to support you during this challenging time!
04/15/2020

We are here to support you during this challenging time!

Our home visitors have facilitated more than 1,500 virtual visits with families across Massachusetts since beginning of #socialdistancing.

“Thanks for sticking with me when everyone else closed up.”
https://bit.ly/2yUPBAV

Some great options for virtual groups from our friends at the Family Center of Northern Berkshire!!
04/13/2020

Some great options for virtual groups from our friends at the Family Center of Northern Berkshire!!

See what our friends at Central Berkshire ParentChild+ put together for ideas on re-using plastic eggs. Eggs-cellent job...
04/13/2020
15 Best Re-using Plastic Eggs images

See what our friends at Central Berkshire ParentChild+ put together for ideas on re-using plastic eggs. Eggs-cellent job, ParentChild+ ☺️

Explore centralberkshir's board "Re-using Plastic Eggs" on Pinterest.

There are all kinds of links here - to zoos, aquariums, museums! Take your pick and enjoy a "visit" with your child!
04/13/2020
Free Virtual Tours of World Museums, Educational Sites & Galleries For Children - Family Days Tried And Tested

There are all kinds of links here - to zoos, aquariums, museums! Take your pick and enjoy a "visit" with your child!

Explore the world at your fingertips…. Here’s a comprehensive list of virtual tours you can take with your children, adventure all over the world from the confines of your own home. A fantastic resource to have whilst we push our way through the current pandemic. A wealth of travel, geographical...

Some information regarding SNAP benefits.
04/13/2020

Some information regarding SNAP benefits.

Information regarding COVID-19 and SNAP benefits.

Some wonderful tips here, for when things get tough for you and your little one!
04/13/2020

Some wonderful tips here, for when things get tough for you and your little one!

During times of transition or stress try using these Vroom Tips to add calming moments into your daily routine. A few moments with your child can promote early learning and help them feel calmer.

For more Vroom Tips, to download the Vroom App, or to sign up for Vroom By Text visit: https://www.vroom.org/

04/13/2020
Hancock Shaker Village

Just in case you missed the Baby Animals show that was live from Hancock Shaker Village yesterday - here it is!

Baby Animals in the barn on Easter Day

Please see below for an announcement from the Christian Center.
04/13/2020

Please see below for an announcement from the Christian Center.

We will be giving out toilet paper today with pantry 12-1 👍😁🤪😜

04/09/2020
Hancock Shaker Village

Look at these sweet little lambs born recently at Hancock Shaker Village!! Don't forget to join them on Sunday at 1:00 for a tour of their barn and ALL the baby animals!

Hancock Stories: Three lambs born in the last few hours. Join us Sunday, 1 pm, LIVE STREAM in the barn with the babies. #babyanimals

Free Kids Activities — Kindermusik
04/09/2020
Free Kids Activities — Kindermusik

Free Kids Activities — Kindermusik

Need some free educational but FUN activity ideas? These Weekly Kindermusik Kits have a craft, how-to video, Kindermusik songs, parenting tips, and more!

04/08/2020
Hancock Shaker Village

Join Hancock Shaker Village this Sunday, April 12! See information below!

Join us for a LIVE STREAM this Sunday, April 12, at 1 pm in the Round Stone Barn with Farmer Billy. See some baby animals and expectant mothers, and hear a colorful story or two. (With apologies to Bob Dylan)
#soundon
#babyanimals
#homeschool
#farmanimals
#intheberkshires
#countryliving

Too Small to Fail
04/08/2020

Too Small to Fail

Mealtime is a great time to talk with your little ones about healthy foods! While you are cooking or eating together, you can ask “What color are the vegetables?” and “What does your food taste like?” #TalkingisTeaching

04/07/2020
Hancock Shaker Village

Welcome Mustard!

Meet MUSTARD! Thank you everyone for so many terrific naming ideas - from Miracle Whip to Milo! He’s doing well (here figuring out nursing with a little help from Allie our livestock manager).

#babygoats #babyanimals #farmhers

Easter Egg Hunt this weekend! Join in the fun!
04/07/2020
Join the Berkshire County Egg Hunt running April 10-12

Easter Egg Hunt this weekend! Join in the fun!

Shelter-in-place isn't going to stop our scavenger hunt fun. We are organizing a Social Distancing Egg hunt. It's easy (and fun)!  Print out these Egg Coloring Pages  or create

Every day a live stream from the Cincinnati Zoo  featuring one of their animals - tune in!
04/07/2020

Every day a live stream from the Cincinnati Zoo featuring one of their animals - tune in!

Tune into our Home Safari tomorrow to meet Tanzi our African pygmy falcon and learn all about her amazing species. If you've missed any of our past Home Safaris you can check them out here - http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/

A wonderful reminder  - thank you Central Berkshire ParentChild+!!
04/07/2020

A wonderful reminder - thank you Central Berkshire ParentChild+!!

Creating routine charts is great training for children to learn time and life management skills. Parents add to the effectiveness of routine charts when they allow their children to experience the satisfaction of following their charts because it feels good (a sense of accomplishment) instead of giving them stickers and rewards—which takes away from their inner sense of accomplishment.

Read more about routine charts below!

https://www.positivediscipline.com/articles/routines-tool-card

#positivediscipline #positivedisciplinetoolcards

A weekend activity for you and your child!
04/03/2020

A weekend activity for you and your child!

This is a handy color code from McCormick for dying eggs.

FYI
04/02/2020

FYI

PLEASE SHARE! We have seen some FALSE Facebook posts about not shopping April 1-3rd because WIC is loaded at the beginning of the month. This is NOT true in Massachusetts. WIC benefits are loaded throughout the month.

We appreciate everyone trying to help our participants! The outpouring has been unbelievable! We are all in this together! #COVID-19

Some helpful suggestions.
04/02/2020

Some helpful suggestions.

A virtual group being offered from It Takes A Village - please see their information below.
04/02/2020

A virtual group being offered from It Takes A Village - please see their information below.

Starting tomorrow night (Thursday), join us for a weekly
Post-Bedtime Virtual Parents Group.

Maybe you finally have a few minutes to yourself, maybe you'll be up in 5 minutes to put a kid back to bed, or maybe you're trapped under a newborn for the rest of the night.

Whatever your Post Bedtime Time looks like, there are other local parents in the same boat as you, and it might help to see some friendly faces at the end of a long LONG day.

Wear your PJs, grab a snack, and join us via Zoom - you can join with or without video, and with or without audio (use the chat window to talk to us without making ANY noise at all!).

We will share the link with local parents only, to keep it safe place for families. To get the link, please join our closed Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ITAVParents/

04/02/2020
Hancock Shaker Village

We sure miss our Baby Animals at the Hancock Shaker Village. Check out the two baby goats recently born! You can check out their page with your child and together see all the baby animals!!

Hancock Stories:
And she did have twins. (Here they are minutes old).
#babyanimals #hancockshakervillage #lifegoeson

Below is the new schedule for meals being provided in Pittsfield for children.
03/31/2020

Below is the new schedule for meals being provided in Pittsfield for children.

Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic
03/28/2020
Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Parenting is stressful even in the best of situations, but the unprecedented events surrounding the COVID-19 global crisis is adding a new level of anxiety for parents.

An update from Community Health Programs and the way they are providing services during this time.
03/26/2020
Covid-19 Message from CHP | Community Health Programs

An update from Community Health Programs and the way they are providing services during this time.

We urge patients to read beyond the headlines for the most reliable and up to date information about COVID-19–just like we do:

Some fun "field trips" to take with your child!
03/26/2020
Virtual Field Trips

Some fun "field trips" to take with your child!

Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links (Click on colored text for links. Safe Travels!) San Diego Zoo The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot S...

Don't forget to complete your Census. It is so important that everyone living in Berkshire County gets counted to help d...
03/25/2020

Don't forget to complete your Census. It is so important that everyone living in Berkshire County gets counted to help determine funding for needed programs in our County. Remember, count EVERYONE who is living in your home!

When filling out your 2020 Census:

There are three options for submitting your secure response.
1. Online: www.2020census.gov
2. By calling: (844) 330-2020
3. By Mail

When filling out your 2020 Census, don't forget to count everyone under your roof!

There are three options for submitting your secure response.
1. Online: www.2020census.gov
2. By calling: (844) 330-2020
3. By Mail

#2020Census
#BerkshireCounts
#NAPSK12Counts

03/25/2020
Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Story time with your child - The Very Hungry Caterpillar! A very fun story read by its author, Eric Carle. Enjoy!!

See Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, reading this classic Puffin picture book out loud. An exclusive glimpse of this incredible book an...

The Children's Trust
03/24/2020

The Children's Trust

one tough job is hard at work curating the up-to-date information Massachusetts parents need, all in one place. As we #flattenthecurve and practice #socialdistancing, don't forget: we're here for you.

www.onetoughjob.org/covid-19

COVID-19 Operations Center established for Northern Berkshire
03/20/2020
COVID-19 Operations Center established for Northern Berkshire

COVID-19 Operations Center established for Northern Berkshire

NORTH ADAMS — Emergency responders and other community members in the Northern Berkshires have come together to form a COVID-19 Operations Center to serve as a centralized informational hub …

It's supposed to be a sunny weekend - enjoy the outdoors and take a walk with your child!
03/20/2020
Yes, You Can Take Your Kids For A Walk

It's supposed to be a sunny weekend - enjoy the outdoors and take a walk with your child!

With schools around the country closing for two weeks or more, parents and caregivers face a stiff challenge: Keep kids active, engaged — and as safe as possible. We've got a few suggestions.

Another great resource guide for families!
03/19/2020
Berkshire County COVID-19 Resource Guide

Another great resource guide for families!

Berkshire County COVID-19 Family-Friendly Resource Guide *Brought to you by AdLib Independent Living Center* With the cancellation of exciting events, social distancing, quarantine and overall anxiety that the COVID-19 is causing, having coping skills and community support is now more important...

03/19/2020
Yoga Time! | On the Farm - Kids Yoga and Nursery Rhymes

Yoga Time! | On the Farm - Kids Yoga and Nursery Rhymes

Easy, fun yoga designed specially for toddlers with songs, nursery rhymes and simple stories. Copy me, sing along and have fun! In this video we visit a farm...

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