“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 a number of locations across southern Berkshire County, including at our “Blue Building” main site. Check times, days and locations on our events calendar or call (413) 528-0457. During COVID-19, all playgroups are virtual or outside. Check out which group might be best for you and your child- or choose more than one!
Playgroups are good for kids AND caregivers. In an informal setting, adults socialize and discuss the challenges facing families today. Playgroups also offer opportunities for caregivers to learn ways to help their children build skills they will need for a lifetime of success. During the first five years of a child’s life, 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. 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. Our playgroups are free of charge and open to all.
Our social worker offers the Ages & Stages developmental screening twice a year to each family and acts as a referral source, as needed, for support services offered by CHP and other area agencies.
All playgroups are funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant awarded to Community Health Programs by the Department of Early Education and Care.