It is our goal to work with families and assist children to develop socially, cognitively, physically and emotionally while fostering a positive self-image and love for learning that will help them succeed in our program, in public school and later in life.
Our Teachers assess the progression of language and literacy, cognition and general knowledge, critical thinking, approaches toward learning, physical well-being and motor development along with social-emotional development of our children.
Berkshire County Head Start’s health and safety focus encompasses early detection, screening, preventive health education, and assisting children and families with obtaining a primary medical and dental home.
Billie was an inspiring Teacher who passed away, but her spirit lives on in our mission. Billie is described as, “a dedicated Head Start Educator with a positive outlook despite adversity that she faced. Her sense of humor was contagious. As a single Mom, she worked 2 jobs while attending school at night to complete her bachelor’s degree. Her selfless contribution to the children, staff, and families of Head Start made us all better people. She was committed to being the best she could be without needing recognition. She was a shining role model, a strong individual and beloved friend.” Billie truly embodied our program values and worked hard to ensure that all children have an impactful and memorable Head Start experience.
Valentyna Funaro is kind, friendly, full of positive energy, and a gentle teacher. She took over a challenging room and ran with it-helping her to blossom as a teacher. She is always looking to learn and grow to help her classroom and children succeed. Even on her days off, she is still at home doing work, jumping on Zoom meetings. She interacts with her families and children in a positive way, the children are always excited to come to school to see her. Her coworkers say she is always helpful. It is because of her dedication, reliability, and enthusiasm when facing a difficult situation head on that makes her the recipient of the first Billie Miraglia Staff of the Year Award.
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