“Each playgroup has it’s own distinct flavor, just like ice cream! Try them all and see which is right for you!”
CHP hosts free weekly playgroups for children under age five and their parents in the rural towns of southern Berkshire County. Check times, days and locations on our events calendar or call (413) 528-0457.
Playgroups are good for kids AND parents. In an informal setting, parents socialize and discuss the challenges of being a parent. Playgroups also offer opportunities for parents to learn ways to help their children build skills they will need for a lifetime of success.
Families and caregivers are also welcome to visit the Family Services playroom at our Great Barrington campus, which is open on weekdays during business hours, unless there is a scheduled event.
Research shows that quality pre-kindergarten experiences have long lasting positive impacts on a child’s future. Early education prepares children for school and helps to close the achievement gap. Long term, there’s evidence that early childhood education promotes healthy lifestyles at work and productivity later in life.
These benefits are possible during a short window of opportunity—the first five years of a child’s life. During this time, critical brain development takes place at a rate and complexity that is unequaled later on. As children play and interact with other children, they forge the essential pathways in their brain for learning, language, empathy, creativity and physical coordination.
At CHP, our playgroups can play a part in this important time of your child’s development.
Kim Waterman Spitzer