UCP of Berkshire County offers a wide range of services and programs for children of all ages and levels of need.
UCP has assessed and recognized that by assisting children with disabilities to be comfortable in social settings and to learn to be conscious of health and wellness, they will increase their ability for successful relationships. Those relationships will foster positive outcomes such as community employment, community volunteerism and greater independence in taking responsibility for and addressing personal goals. Specific programs are as follows:
Fun Club is an inclusionary program designed for children of different abilities to have a fun-filled experience. We encourage the development in life skills, self-advocacy, self-confidence and independence.
Fun Club is made possible by Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation, City of Pittsfield, Pittsfield Rotary, Northern Berkshire United Way, Williamstown Community Chest, private foundations and donors.
Social Sprouts After-School and Vacation Program
UCP’s Social Sprouts After-School Program is held at UCP’s North Adams Office – located at 535 Curran Highway – on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m.
Children learn new skills through developmentally appropriate play and build relationships with peers and adults in a bright, safe and stimulating environment. The adult-to-child ratio is one adult to 3-5 children, depending on individual needs. The age range is 3-6 years of age, and many are graduates of the Early Intervention Program. Some attend preschool due to their special needs, but, due to disabilities, they are unable to participate in a typical after-school program. Others are operating with mild developmental delays that were not significant enough to meet eligibility for referral to public school. Their families are overqualified for Headstart, yet unable to afford the soaring cost of private preschool programming.
The Social Sprouts Vacation Club meets for 4 hours, 2 days per week, during school vacations in December, February and August. It is open to any child residing in northern Berkshire County, ages 3 through 6.
Without this program, these children would not have these opportunities until they start kindergarten, when their delays may have become more significant. Curriculum and staffing is provided by Early Intervention professionals and supervised by the Early Intervention Program’s group coordinator.