Summer Wrap-Up & Back-to-School
Highlights of our Early Education and Care Programming
Our early education staff and teachers are committed to providing a fun, creative, and nurturing atmosphere, helping young children grow and thrive. We offer two childcare locations in Pittsfield with a social-emotional learning curriculum from infancy until Kindergarten.
Out-of-school care Kid's Clubs are embedded in three schools in Pittsfield–Crosby, Conte, and Morningside–serving students from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Kid's Clubs provide before and after-school care, as well as programs during holidays, snow days, and summertime to ensure kids are staying active, engaged, and learning throughout the year.
Over the last two months, our Kid's Club students enjoyed mural painting, arts and crafts, games, and more! They took field trips to Onota Lake, Common Park, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Albany Museum. Every Wednesday, the kids transitioned from their classrooms to the outdoors for gardening at Morningside School. It was a fun summer of learning and exploring!
Pre-kindergarten teacher, Celia Armstrong, was chosen as iBerkshires' Teacher of the Month for August. Miss Celia has grown her career with 18 Degrees from substitute teacher to certified lead Pre-K teacher. Read more about Miss Celia's work in our West Street childcare center. or watch the video here!
On September 1st, our Pre-K program celebrated the graduation of eight students: Luka, Bithiah, Ryan, Reese, Silas, Nezaiya, Laylah, and Levi. We're so proud of how they have grown!
Miss Celia's message to the graduates was that learning is fun! The graduates said they look forward to making new friends, meeting their new teachers, and exploring their new schools.
We will miss having this creative, inquisitive, and spirited group of students in our Pre-K classroom and wish them well in Kindergarten!
Other Stories in Brief
Youth & Community Development Programs
On August 18th, participants, mentors, staff and families of Pittsfield Community Connection and West Main Connection in North Adams came together to celebrate the accomplishments of several yoong people.
President & CEO Stephanie Steed welcomed everyone at the Berkshire Athenaeum, noting the honorees, with the help of mentors and staff, "faced challenges, identified personal beliefs, set ambitious goals, and did the hard work to reach their personalized level of success."
The occasion was featured in iBerkshires with beautiful photos of the ceremony.
Serving youth and young adults in Pittsfield and North Adams, 18 Degrees youth development staff and volunteer mentors help participants overcome personal challenges and empower them towards a fulfilling life as an adult.
Our Proud Honorees:
Jajuan Jones Chapelle
In an exclusive opportunity for ticket holders on August 25th, Kids 4 Harmony performed the Prelude Concert at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall, setting the stage for Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma at the Koussevitzky Music Shed.
Read David Noel Edwards' Preview article and 18 Degrees board member and Kids 4 Harmony advisory member Carolyn Newberger's reflection on the concert in The Berkshire Edge.
Rooted in our Community
Improving Access to Healthy Food
We are excited to participate in the pilot launch of Berkshire Mobile Farmer's Market as the Pittsfield market location. The mobile market looks to increase the affordability and accessibility of locally grown produce with host sites in Pittsfield, Becket, and North Adams for the next 10 weeks. 18 Degrees will host the Pittsfield mobile market on Wednesdays here at 480 West Street! Please join us!
Together, we are helping children, youth, families, and individuals across Western Massachusetts find new horizons amidst life's challenges. We couldn't do this without you! THANK YOU!
We look forward to recognizing our donors from the last year in our upcoming 2022-2023 Annual Report. Please save the date for our Annual Meeting, Wednesday, October 25th. More details coming soon!
From a tax-deductible donation, to volunteering, to opening your home as a foster family for a child in need, there are many ways to become involved in our mission. See more information below, or visit our website or social media pages. Your support makes new beginnings possible!