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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The Family Center in North Adams is now available Tuesday's and Wednesday's for curbside pickup of diapers, formula and ...
06/05/2020

The Family Center in North Adams is now available Tuesday's and Wednesday's for curbside pickup of diapers, formula and clothing - see information below!

Call us 413-664-4821 for diaper, formula or children's clothing pickup on Tuesdays or Wednesday.

06/04/2020
Hancock Shaker Village

Look at the new little piglets that arrived at Hancock Shaker Village!

In the midst of all the pain, and horror, as we try to comprehend all that is happening in our nation now, there was new life in the barn yesterday. It brought such a hiccup of joy that we wanted to share it. The piglets are five hours old, and the grunting you hear is mom talking to them, telling them protectively to come shelter under the board. #pigs #piglets #discovermassachusetts #farmlife #newenglandlife #rural_love #spring2020 #intheberkshires #babyanimals #volumeup

Some updated information about SNAP!
06/02/2020

Some updated information about SNAP!

05/28/2020
Hancock Shaker Village

In case you missed yesterday's pregnant pig presentation from Hancock Shaker Village - here it is!

Virtual Farm Friends: Pregnant pigs!

Tomorrow, Saturday May 23, Hancock Shaker Village is holding a live demonstration of sheep shearing - 11:00 a.m.!
05/22/2020

Tomorrow, Saturday May 23, Hancock Shaker Village is holding a live demonstration of sheep shearing - 11:00 a.m.!

Sheep shearing tomorrow! Don't miss expert sheep shearer Fred DePaul's live demonstration and commentary from the Round Stone Barn on Saturday, May 23 at 11 am. Tune in here for a live stream.
#wool #sheep #textiles #farmlife #museumfromhome #virtuallearning #homeschool

05/15/2020
Barack Obama on Twitter

Story time for you and your child!

“Michelle and I want to do our part to give all you parents a break today, so we’re reading “The Word Collector” for @chipublib. It’s a fun book that vividly illustrates the transformative power of words––and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. https://t.co/ADYbL6Dzg4”

We are so glad that our families are having fun with their Kiwico crates!!
05/14/2020

We are so glad that our families are having fun with their Kiwico crates!!

We are so glad that our families are having fun with their Kiwico crates!!

05/13/2020
Oakland Zoo

A fun story time to share with your child! Enjoy!

Isn't this storytime duck-utest?
Tweet yo' self with the classic, Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman, read aloud from the Savanna Aviary. #HappyMothersDay to all you fly Momma birds!
🐦🦆🐔🦉🐤
#mothersday2020

We are so glad that our families are having fun with their Kiwico crates!!
05/13/2020

We are so glad that our families are having fun with their Kiwico crates!!

We are so glad that our families are having fun with their Kiwico crates!!

Here is an updated list of food pantries and meal sites.
05/12/2020
Berkshire County Food Pantries & Meal Sites - Updated May 8

Here is an updated list of food pantries and meal sites.

Berkshire Dream Center: No requirements, 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays at Morningside Baptist Church, 475 Tyler St., Pittsfield, 413-522-3495. Christian Center: Noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday …

Well now here is a great idea!!
05/12/2020

Well now here is a great idea!!

Recycle wet wipe lids!!💞👌 could exchange family pics to sensory textures or pics of whatever motivates your child. 😍

Credit : Samantha Jane Pritchard is the amazing mum who created this ❤

"Thanks all I used a box that my little girls swimming pool
Came in painted it then just stuck the picture and wipe lids on using a glue stick..my little girl loves sitting with me and looking at her family even more at the hard time not seeing them ###" -Samatha Jane Pritchard

See below for the Family Center of Northern Berkshire's groups being held this week. What a great selection of options!!
05/04/2020
Calendar of Activities May 2020

See below for the Family Center of Northern Berkshire's groups being held this week. What a great selection of options!!

The Family Center Weekly Calendar of Activities Child Care of the Berkshires May 2020 Mondays 10:30 - Preschool Group via Facebook Live in the Family Center Facebook Group 11:00 - Virtual Playgroup po...

For the chilly days forecasted for this week - how about a simple soup recipe to help warm you and your family up? Yum!
05/04/2020

For the chilly days forecasted for this week - how about a simple soup recipe to help warm you and your family up? Yum!

Soup can be anything you make it! Here is a basic outline to make your own - fill in with what you have in your kitchen! We love #ExploringFoodTogether and creating recipes with loved ones. #NoRulesRecipe

Some more fun activities from Pittsfield CFCE. Click on the link for a read aloud about bears!!
05/01/2020

Some more fun activities from Pittsfield CFCE. Click on the link for a read aloud about bears!!

Good Morning to all my friends. I hope you had a good weekend. The read aloud link is below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpOlz9YoWGI

On this rainy day, check out Pittsfield's CFCE fun ideas related to worms! Click on the link for a read aloud book to en...
05/01/2020

On this rainy day, check out Pittsfield's CFCE fun ideas related to worms! Click on the link for a read aloud book to enjoy with your child!!

Good Morning my friends. Look for wonderful worms over the next few days. They love rain. The read aloud link is below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmxXsIyInxE

Please see below for an update from WIC - there are some newly approved food that you are now able to purchase with your...
04/30/2020

Please see below for an update from WIC - there are some newly approved food that you are now able to purchase with your WIC benefits.

Updated Massachusetts WIC food guidelines.

04/30/2020
The Muppets

Just what we need today - a song from Kermit the Frog!! Enjoy!

To the Lovers, the Dreamers, and You... Keep believing. #DisneyMagicMoments

In this time of "new normal", here are some tips to help your child become more comfortable with face coverings.
04/30/2020

In this time of "new normal", here are some tips to help your child become more comfortable with face coverings.

T​o protect ourselves and others from COVID-19, the CDC now recommends ​cloth face coverings be used when outside. But what about children? Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions. http://ow.ly/7wKe50zkEJl

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...

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