The Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center is committed to providing programs and activities that will help children and youth achieve their full potential. We provide a supportive environment that includes opportunities for active involvement with peers and caring, understanding adults.
Infants to pre-kindergarten
Early Childhood Education*
The Early Childhood Education program can accommodate 54 children in five classrooms, ranging from infants through pre-kindergarten. Assessment and curriculum are performed through Teaching Strategies Gold in conjunction with Pittsfield Public Schools. This helps us to evaluate whether or not children are developmentally on track and to help those who may be behind catch up. If children do fall behind we have a working relationship with PDC (Pediatric Development Center) and the Pittsfield Public Schools so that the children can receive services that they may need. We also have a health care consultant through Berkshire pediatrics that we can consult with if any health issues arise in the daycare setting.
The Early Childhood Education program is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education Care (EEC), accessed at QRIS level 3, and is accredited the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
For more info contact Jessica Zerbato
413-442-5174, ext. 23 or by email
Kindergarten to age 14
ABC School Age Enrichment
This after-school program serves girls and boys, ages 5 through 14, providing a comprehensive, safe and supervised program. Each child is encouraged and motivated to learn from the program’s supportive environment. National studies have shown that children involved in after-school programs are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. After-school programs promote safety by reducing youth violence, offering a safe environment, and educating youth about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. This program is given onsite at the Brigham Center and offsite at the Lanesboro Elementary School.
ABC School Age Enrichment is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education Care (EEC), accessed at QRIS level 3,and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
For more info contact Sharra Blache
413-442-5174, ext. 18 or by email
Girls ages 5-18
Girls Inc. of the Berkshires*
Although we changed our name in 2005 to be more inclusive of our varied programs, we remain committed to meeting the special needs of girls. Accordingly, we are still an affiliate of National Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our program shares this mission and we offer innovative programs that help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives. Specific national programs address resisting harmful substances, community action, teen pregnancy prevention, science, math & technology, sports and fitness, media messages, self-defense and violence prevention, lifeskills, economic literacy and financial concepts. This program serves girls ages 5-18 with a specific emphasis on teens.
For more info contact Sarah Gillooly
413-442-5174, ext. 17 or by email
Adolescent boys and girls
Youth Empowerment Services -YES*
YES programming is designed to meet the specific needs of children, teens and priority population clients with services for both genders. YES programs often provide the only safety net for youth who have no other positive outlets or supports. The YES programs include prevention and intervention based services offered in the after school and evening hours for teens and school age youth including components focused on character, values and leadership development, literacy education, career exploration, crisis intervention and other varied services. We are a certified site for the Wyman Teen Outreach Program for students in high school. YES programs also offer a multi-method family centered case management, support and counseling program. YES goals are related to building family/participant strengths through the development of positive skills and behaviors and identification of Risk and Protective Factors. YES increases adaptive behavior by promoting the physical, mental and emotional development of individual youth within their family structures and helping youth and their families cope better with today’s pressures.
For more info contact Angie Mejia
413-442-5174, ext. 26 or by email