PITTSFIELD >> The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires will be hosting Berkshire County's fourth annual School Readiness Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the club located at 16 Melville St.

Free and open to the public, the fair provides an opportunity for families to explore the concept of "learning through play" and preparing children and families for school success. The fair is geared towards families of infants, toddlers, and preschool children, but children in elementary school are also welcome to attend.

The theme for this year's fair is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education. Organizations and agencies serving the birth to age 5 population in the Berkshires will be in attendance providing hands-on activities focused on STEAM education and offering additional information about related activities that can be done at home. The event is sponsored by Berkshire United Way, the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires, and the Rotary Club of Pittsfield.

"As an advocate for youth, a key part of the Boys' and Girls' Club mission is to give every child the opportunity to achieve economic stability through education," said Boys' & Girls' Club of the Berkshires Executive Director Chris Jacoby. "By hosting the School Readiness Fair, and collaborating with local organizations, we hope to advance the role of early education in our community."


People who attend the Readiness Fair will be given a bingo card to present at display tables for a stamp or signature. When the card is completed, they can return it to the main registration table to receive a free book provided by the Rotary Club of Pittsfield.

For more about information about the School Readiness Fair call Karen Vogel at Berkshire United Way, 413-442-6948, ext. 22.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, visit bgcberkshires.org or call 413-448-8258.