AMERICAN RED CROSS BABYSITTER’S TRAINING CLASS

Ages 11-17. Start your own babysitting business!  Enhance your childcare skills and become a Red Cross certified babysitter with this comprehensive course. Gain knowledge and skills needed to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Develop leadership skills, learn how to set up a babysitting business, engage in age-appropriate activities, handle behavior, make sound decisions, manage diaper-changing, meal times and bed times and respond effectively in an emergency.  Boost your qualifications with the extended course – Babysitter’s Training PLUS Pediatric First Aid/CPR certification. Masks required, social distancing will be maintained, equipment will be disinfected, and all health protocols strictly followed.

Please register for ONE of the TWO options:
Babysitter’s Training Class (must attend both classes)  202TN81A
Tuesday, Oct 20 & Thursday, Oct 22             3:30-7 p.m.                   
Member $95   Guest $105

Babysitter’s Training PLUS First Aid and Infant & Child CPR (must attend all 3 classes) 202TN81B
Tuesday, Oct 20, Thursday, Oct 22 & Tuesday, Oct 27   3:30-7 p.m. 
Member $130 Guest $150
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American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED                                                   
Learn valuable skills that could save a life. Our informative hands-on courses include training in First Aid and CPR/AED for adult, child and infant. These American Red Cross certifications are valid for 2 years. Members $90* Guests $110*

THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH
9 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
NOV 17 203CT81A
DEC 15 203CT81B
JAN 19 211CT81A

*Price includes materials & certification fee. Masks required, social distancing will be maintained, equipment will be disinfected, and all health protocols strictly followed.

Certify your group with us!
Set up a CPR/AED or First Aid course for your group of 5 to 10 at your facility or ours at a time that’s convenient for you. All of our certification courses are available at special group rates. For more information, please call 413.528.2810 ext. 20.

Sunshine’s Hours of Operation: Mon- Fri, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Check out photos of Sunshine Preschool

WAITLIST AVAILABLE! If you child is under 2.9 years, email to be placed on the waitlist for a better chance at an opening in the future. sunshine@berkshiresouth.org

One of the most crucial factors predicting an individual’s ability to succeed is the quality of early education received. Sunshine is our state-licensed preschool program for children 2 years 9 months to kindergarten-ready. Sunshine strives to provide a solid educational foundation and ensure our program is state-of-the-art, financially accessible, and available during optimal hours for working families. Children learn through play in this fun and educational hands-on environment. Activities include art, crafts, creative movement, dramatic play, story time, songs, gym and outdoor activities, as well as our splash playground.

Sunshine’s philosophy is to encourage learning in a safe, warm and accepting environment. We offer an atmosphere that enables children to respect themselves as well as others. Through creative experiences, we enhance the child’s ability to socialize with others, make creative use of materials available, promote self-expression and foster cognitive development. It is our goal to provide a high quality educational program and environment in which children can further develop a positive self-concept that fosters their creativity and strengthens their joy of learning.

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StaffSunshine Preschool at Berkshire South consists of qualified educators trained in early childhood education. Our low teacher/child ratios of one adult for every ten children, allows the staff to plan and provide a high quality education program for the children.

We are committed to maintaining a staff that is consistent and up to date on early childhood trends and teaching practices. Our teachers are provided with a minimum of 20 hours of professional development each year in addition to First Aid and CPR Certifications. All staff is also trained annually in Administration of Medications. 

Year round, Sunshine Preschool is proud to be a peanut, tree nut free program and that can also accommodate other food allergies.

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Curriculum: The teachers follow carefully thought out curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten. We follow standards put forth by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care.

Although we have a set curriculum, we use children’s curiosity to guide their daily learning. We allow time for teachable moments and flexibility while at the same time providing consistency and clear expectations for the children. Children participate throughout the day in individual, small groups, and large group activities. An important component of our year is learning about our children’s families and customs.

We welcome parent participation and we celebrate diversity.

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Sunshine Preschool

Children participating in our year round program can choose their school schedule from these options:

2 days/week      Member Fee $312 month            Guest Fee $360 month

3 days/week      Member Fee $464 month            Guest Fee $536 month

5 days/week      Member Fee $776 month            Guest Fee $896 month

Annual commitment is required for enrollment. Any changes must be made in writing and will only be recognized after a 30 day period. During the 30 day period, the director will review the request and make a final determination. Account credits, if approved, will be made at the sole discretion of Berkshire South. Sick, snow or cancelled days will not be credited. Sunshine Preschool is closed on the following holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Financial Assistance is available through the Judy Spencer Scholarships for Early Childhood.

We thank Berkshire Bank Foundation for their generous grant to support our Access to Early Education financial assistance program. Click here for more details.

Sunshine students enrolled full-time receive 25% off of Enrichment Programs! Inquire within!

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After School at Sunshine Preschool

Mon – Fri, 3-5:30 p.m.
Children enrolled in early kindergarten at Muddy Brook Elementary and Southern Berkshire Elementary Schools can join Sunshine Preschool after their regular school day has ended. Enjoy an after school snack, free play, creative projects, outdoor time, as well as literacy, math and science activities with our nurturing staff. Space is limited.
Members $16 Guests $18 per day

For more information, sunshine@berkshiresouth.org or 413.528.2810, ext 16.

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Sunshine in the Summer

Mon – Fri, 8-5:30 p.m.
Children will enjoy a preschool summer experience with art, crafts, creative movement, singing, nature, outdoor and indoor play, and water play in our splash playground. Sign up for one or all weeks (full weeks only).   

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Patti Alles Personal TrainerPATTI ALLES

I have been a personal trainer at Berkshire South for seven years now, and I really enjoy helping clients progress towards their goals.Being a former member of my college’s Field Hockey team, I later added in running to my regular workout routine more than three decades ago to be able to keep up with my two sons. Running quickly became a hobby and I soon added weight resistance to my regimen. That combination was the key to my falling in love with physical training again. I started running road races seriously around 1996, such as the Tufts 10K, and various others throughout the Northeast.

I thrive on the personal goals that are set in running and the social environment of competing in races. I’m an ACE certified Personal Trainer, and am also certified to work with clients who have been diagnosed with MS, Parkinson’s, and spinal difficulties. Every year I attend ACE symposium conferences held in San Diego, CA in order to stay on top of the latest fitness trends and research. I find excitement in discovering client’s specific wants & needs while working to put together a routine that benefits each individual, along with incorporating nutrition, cardio & weight-training. I train clients of all ages and backgrounds, and focus on helping people believe, begin, belong and eventually become healthier and feel successful.

 

SHAY DONALD

*Don’t wish for it, work for it. *

I was far from an athlete when I was younger.  I hated gym class and didn’t play sports.  I started cardio kickboxing on a whim back in 2000.  I loved it! That is when I fell in love with fitness. I realized that the key to fitness is finding something that you enjoy doing.

No two people are alike, and I train my clients as such. Together we can come up with an exercise program that is perfect for you and your lifestyle.  I love being challenged.  As a trainer I like to figure out many ways to help you meet your fitness goals.

As a group fitness instructor, I offer something for everyone. I am involved with the Get Fit, Insanity and the TRX programs. I also teach Strength and Balance for Seniors, Boot Camp, Ripped and Instructors Choice.

I have my Personal Training Certification through ACE.  I also hold certifications in group exercise, barbell training, boot camp, group kickboxing, Insanity and TRX. I am First Aid, CPR and AED certified.

 

MORGAN HANNALECK

“All my life, I’ve dreamt of being happy with my body. At a young age and without proper education or guidance, I started to exercise both obsessively and incorrectly and restricted my food intake. I developed a severe eating disorder and needed to get professional treatment. This experience forever changed my path.In treatment, I started to recover both physically and mentally. I learned how to exercise properly and eat enough to fuel my workouts and achieve the results I had always been seeking. Over time, I gained weight (50 lbs worth!), but ended up looking and feeling the best I ever have.

My experience helped me to realize my life’s purpose; to help others be at peace with themselves. I believed that telling my story could help others, so I published my journey into a book, Somber Suffocation. After that, I received both my personal training and group exercise certifications through the American Council on Exercise, ACE. As I continue to grow and achieve personal goals, I also hope to help others achieve their goals. I want to help people not only improve their physical health but their mental and emotional health as well. Fitness saved my life. It taught me patience, it taught me discipline, and it taught me how to properly take care of myself. If fitness could change my entire life, who says it can’t change yours?”

 

Bob Landau Personal Trainer

BOB LANDAU

After leaving an extremely successful career having founded and grown his global marketing company Robert Landau Associates, Bob says that he sold the company in 2000, retired and “did nothing.”

The thing that makes me really tick is my family. I have four children and 14 grandchildren. They all come for the holidays. When I was working and traveling internationally, many, many times I brought my family with me. After I retired, I really did nothing. I just sat around. My son suggested that another career might be good for me, so I got into training. I received certification through ACE and attend four conferences per year to stay on top of new research.

First I thought I was just going to do regular training, but then I saw this whole void here, a void of training for older populations. There was a big research study in the late 90s that showed that bone density can really only be increased by performing regular weight bearing exercises. Up until then cardio exercise was more popular. The timing of this new research led me to start a program called the Lift and Lunch Crunch Bunch (also known as Strength and Balance for Men.) After working out, we go out for lunch and have a different speaker every time. Speakers present for 20 minutes or so on meaningful life issues.

I also teach Strength and Balance for Women, but they are in the morning, so I don’t call them the lunch bunch. In the men’s group, I have 35 men from 65 years old to 92. In the women’s group, more than 40 women in the same age range. These are extremely dedicated groups of people. You know, some of them go in for bone density tests and they see it increasing when they stick with class. This is really gratifying for me. They are getting stronger and healthier, not because I’m a genius, but because they are doing it.

 

P2292421DANIEL LOVE

My name is Daniel Love and I want to be your trainer. What sets me apart from other trainers? I know the struggles that come with being unhealthy. During my childhood I was very skinny. As I reached my teenage years, my body began to change. My metabolism went from very fast to very slow. Weight gain occurred and with that came an unhealthy lifestyle. I would eat what ever I wanted and pretended that I did not care. That I did not care about how I looked or how I felt about myself. The truth was that I did and still do care very much about how I look and feel about myself. I realized I was lying to myself and the only person that could help me is and was me. I started to work out when I was 19. Interesting fact is that I started my life of health at Berkshire South. I found that I love to train, to be healthy. With that came the passion to help others live a healthier life style. It has become my goal to help as many people as I possibly can. It is not my goal to make you train or look like me. It is my goal to help you learn and become the best you that you can be. My name is Daniel Love and I want to be your trainer.

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TODD DiMARIO

I’ve been a certified personal trainer in Berkshire county for over a decade. I’ve trained at a number of fitness centers, and gyms in the area. Although I have a strength and conditioning background, a large part of my client base are training for what I refer to as “life strength”. They want to enjoy their lives with a greater confidence, and strength. My goal is to improve their functional strength, and flexibility. This, in turn, improves their balance, and their confidence grows. Maintaining independence is a huge confidence builder. I stress proper form and posture. I am Function Movement Screen (FMS) certified. The Functional Movement Screen lets me assess clients accurately. Once assessed, I can focus my training to help eliminate/improve asymmetries that people have developed through the years. This brings people in to balance. Clean, full range movements, are a big part of what I do. The less wasted movement, the better. It is completely possible to train hard, and avoid injury. There are exercises that have impact. Knowing what those exercises are, and how to sequence them, without injury, is where the finesse of personal training comes in to play.

 

NICHOLAS WARREN

All my life I’ve played competitive team sports. In high school I played football, basketball, and baseball which kept me in good shape but as I neared the end of high school I realized I would need to find a new way to keep myself fit. My brother inspired me to start to work out in a gym setting and before I knew it, working out became my new “sport.”

I was accepted to attend Alfred State College in upstate New York where I continued to work on my knowledge of fitness until I felt very confident in it. My friends and classmates took notice of my fitness routine and technique and a friend approached my about helping him get more fit. So I brought him to the gym with me and before I knew it, I was training him. I quickly realized that I loved helping him reach his personal goals and that personal training was going to be the right career for me.

I not only graduated with a bachelor’s in Sport Management but also with a deeper passion for physical fitness. And now with my education and passion combined with becoming a certified personal trainer through Action Certification, I look forward to helping my future clients achieve their fitness goals.

 Jonathan Weineress Personal TrainerJONATHAN WEINRESS

I’ve been in personal training my whole life. I’m not kidding, I had a chin up bar when I was 3. I was lucky because my parents were active in sports and exercise, so I was exposed to it early in life. We did a lot of outdoor activities and I still love being outside. In college I played rugby and a bit of club lacrosse and ultimate Frisbee. After college I had a number of jobs in the service industry, and this combined with my interest in physical fitness ultimately led me to pursue certifications in personal training, and later, in massage therapy.

I’ve been a personal trainer for 15 years in Berkshire County and have worked for 12 years as a massage therapist (Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage and Reflexology) and I offer all of this at Berkshire South. My goal is to create more space and room in the body and build strength while being aware of balance. Ultimately exercise is about developing body awareness and is really meant to help you move through life more safely and powerfully.

I try to help people develop to their greatest potential of strength, power and endurance. I have a lot of experience working with special needs populations, running courses catering to their medical needs and limitations. I’ve also worked as designer of conditioning programs for the football, girls’ hockey and track teams at Hotchkiss University. I spent 4 years on the Rugby Team at C.W. Post University and I was a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Club Team.

 

EMPLOYMENT

Berkshire South Regional Community Center is an exciting, innovative, fun, and rewarding place to work. All employees of the Community Center receive membership benefits and discounted programs. EOE.

Fill out application here.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to HR@berkshiresouth.org.  

Childcare Worker Positions
Berkshire South Regional Community Center seeks childcare staff to teach and have fun with kids! Individuals must love children and be available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5 p.m. throughout the school year. Staff are responsible for the general safety, development, growth and fun for each student in their small group. Must be over 17 and have prior experience working with children. Must be able to create and lead recreational and art activities. Contact HR@berkshiresouth.org to apply or fill out our application at https://berkshiresouth.org/employment/  EOE

AR Billing & Collection Specialist: Seeking a TEMPORARY part-time employee for up to 20 hours/wk. Position has the potential to be long-term. Candidates should have a minimum of 3 yrs. of basic office management, clerical and data entry skills including computer and software knowledge. Experience using Quickbooks and Excel preferred. To apply, send a resume to HR@berkshiresouth.org. EOE

Lifeguards
Part time positions open for multiple shifts. Individuals will provide close supervision of swimmers, rescue swimmers who are in danger, administer first aid, rescue breathing or CPR as needed. Responsible for enforcing all pool rules and regulations and for preparing and maintaining a safe, clean environment as part of duties. Individuals will support upkeep tasks in the pool area, conduct water tests of pools, and attend all staff training sessions. Must be responsible, and current in certifications for Lifeguard training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid. Must be at least 16 years of age. Contact HR@berkshiresouth.org to apply or fill out our application at https://berkshiresouth.org/employment/  EOE

Fitness Associates
Seeking part time staff to cover various shifts in the Cardio Center and Strength Training rooms at Berkshire South.  Individuals will oversee fitness equipment usage and cleaning standards, support members with new protocol and manage reservations for equipment usage. Operating hours are 6 a.m.-7 p.m. M-F, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Sa/Su.  Successful candidates will maintain a positive and professional demeanor, have strong customer service skills and are reliable.  This is a great job for those interested in health and wellness as well as prospective personal trainers!  Contact HR@berkshiresouth.org to apply or fill out our application at https://berkshiresouth.org/employment/  EOE

Front Desk Associate (part-time)
The Berkshire South Membership department is looking for a hardworking, engaging,  professional, and adept team-centered person to help staff our Member Services Front Desk. This fast-paced position requires an individual to manage the point-of-sale register, phone lines, registration for programs, membership enrollments, and various levels of general membership inquiry. Must be available some evenings and weekends. Candidate must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent. Computer literacy and customer service experience is a must. Experience in an office management or front desk position desirable.  Only serious candidates need apply. To apply, complete application in person at BSRCC 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington or send resume to HR@berkshiresouth.org EOE

Custodian (part-time)
Looking to fill part time positions, 12-32 hours/wk. for evening & weekend hours ranging from 5-10 p.m. M-F and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends. Weekends required.  Duties include daily detailed cleaning, grounds, room set-ups, light maintenance and trouble-shooting shift issues. Must be able to lift 50lbs, multi-task, work w/ minimal supervision, be professional & reliable. Previous custodial experience required. Please submit an application at Berkshire South, 15 Crissey Road, Gt. Barrington or resume to HR@berkshiresouth.org. EOE

 

BERKSHIRE SOUTH PROGRAMS
GENERAL INFORMATION

page7Early Childhood
Early Childhood programs are for children 6 months through 5 years. Children learn through play, and what better way than with fun, educational, hands-on programs. Berkshire South offers these early childhood programs (click on each to see program offerings):

replaces push up spaceYouth & Teen
Our Youth & Teen programs cater to kids from kindergarten through high school. We believe in children’s capabilities and the freedom to express their individuality in a way that builds a life-long foundation for excellence and success. Berkshire South  also offers an extensive Youth Intervention/Prevention Curriculum (YIPC), a positive youth development curriculum which seeks to reduce risky behaviors among middle- and high-school youth, and we are proud to be a Bully Free Zone. Youth & Teen programs (click on each to see program offerings):

page 18Adult & Senior
Our adult and senior programs cater to those 18 years of age and up. Writing, dancing, arts, and cooking workshops, as well as exciting recreational, educational and social programs are offered each catalog session. You may find what you’re looking for by exploring NOAH (New Opportunities for Achieving Health) at Berkshire South. Also available for adults and seniors are the many free for members fitness and aquatics classes and workshops. See what Berkshire South has for you (click on each to see program offerings):

Adaptive
Berkshire South strives to address the needs of all our members. At the Center you will find a specially trained team that offers classes and individualized trainings for all abilities.

Click to see our Adaptive based programs

page26Community & Family Programs
With a mission to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region Berkshire South continues to offer free community programs. These programs are open to the public and free to members and guests. We also host a number of fee based community events throughout the year. No matter what your interest, you can find yourself at the Center!

Certifications
Full certifications and re-certifications are available through Berkshire South. We have certifications for Lifeguards, Water Safety Instructors and CPR/AED and First Aid. We also offer American Red Cross Babysitter’s Certifications for young teens, as well as Babysitter’s First Aid.

Collaborative Partner Programs
The value and strength of our community is continually enhanced when efforts and values align to inspire and engage our participants. Through the support of our members and the generosity of our donors, Berkshire South Regional Community Center is able to expand and enrich our resources and program scope through partnership with a significant number of Southern Berkshire organizations.