Letter: Berkshire YMCA offers affordable childcare

Berkshire Y offers affordable childcare

To the editor:

In response to the article "Pittsfield, North Adams aim to fill the early childhood program gaps" published on Jan. 25, we would like to take this opportunity to share that the Berkshire Family YMCA's Pittsfield and Northern Berkshire branches offer financial assistance for our childcare, as well as accept New England Farm Workers' vouchers.

At the Y, we are committed to making affordable childcare accessible for those in our community with a goal of developing the whole child through our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. We emphasize socialization skills, preschool readiness skills and physical exercise with swim time. We offer full- and half-time slots.

In Pittsfield, our childcare is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) for infant, toddler and pre-school children. NAEYC is a national, voluntary accreditation system that sets high standards for early childhood education programs. In Northern Berkshire, our childcare is also licensed by the EEC for pre-school children.

To apply for financial assistance, parents or guardians can pick up an application at our Welcome Center or download from www.berkshirefamilyymca.org. In 2015, we awarded more than $200,000 in financial assistance across all our programs and services.

We welcome and encourage parents and guardians who would like additional information or a tour to contact Childcare Director Laurie Vanuni at 413-499-7650 x45 or lvanuni@pittsfieldfamilyymca.org.

Randy Kinnas, Pittsfield The writer is CEO and executive director, Berkshire Family YMCA.


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