RESOURCES TO EMPOWER AND ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN AND HOUSEHOLDS
The Resources to Empower and Advocate for Children & Households (REACH) program addresses the longstanding economic disparities for families adversely affected by racial inequity & generational poverty by providing access to affordable childcare, dedicated family support, community resources, & health/wellness partners. For this population the pandemic amplified several factors: unemployment was increased due to business shutdowns, access to services was decreased when local, state, & federal agencies stopped providing in-person services, mental & physical health issues were not treated, & children did not have adequate access to quality early education emphasizing school readiness.
“Berkshire County Head Start believes in providing access to all families including those who may be underserved due to some of the barriers that exist for some families such as language barriers, transportation, documentation, etc. REACH as a new program option at Berkshire County Head Start allows us to expand our capacity in supporting these families” – Brett Westbrook, Executive Director
Resources to Empower and Advocate for Children & Households (REACH) will provide free transportation & full day childcare/early education for eligible preschool children
The program is built on the guiding principles as listed above and are intended to create a bridge for families to transition onto sustainable childcare funding
Family Advocates are available to support parents/caregivers and address family needs, goals, & steps for accomplishing goals.
BCHS will provide access to community resources and partners on-site at the agency's Meadow Lane location; Fund will support families with transportation & other minor financial needs such as fees for obtaining IDs or other documentation identified in the FPAs.
Progress & eligibility will be initially assessed after 30 days and then every 6 months thereafter with the objective of moving families into long-term, sustainable childcare & family support/self-sufficiency solutions.
Reach is a program funded by the City of Pittsfield ARPA funds.