State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) has represented the Berkshires in the Massacusetts Senate since 2006. Thanks, Ben!

District office 7 North St., Pittsfield

413) 442-4008


Child Care

Kid Zone Child Care/ Educational Centers offers care for 6-week-old infants on up and encourages play and exploration, from sign language to Flag Day.

10 Lyman St., Pittsfield

(413) 448-2366


Private School

Kid Zone offers childhood education programs through 8th grade and earns recognition for teaching, as well as for the care of young children.


Berkshire Community College keeps its title for the fifth year in a row.

The commonwealth's first community college, established in 1960, enrolled nearly 3,000 students last year in credit courses and more than 5,200 in noncredit offerings. In 2014, 307 students received associate's degrees in 30 courses of study -- 362 students received awards in all. The college offers more than 500 courses in disciplines from atmospheric science to theater.

1350 West St., Pittsfield

(413) 499-4660


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