United Way supports outreach to family, friend and neighbor caregivers

June 25, 2014

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4C for Children is reaching out to support the family, friends and neighbors who provide informal child care to young children so that parents can work—thanks to a grant from the Clinton County United Way. “We know there is a large percentage of working parents in Clinton County who use this type of informal care,” says Cathie Streator, the 4C outreach specialist for Clinton County. “We want to make sure that their children are getting the kind of care that will prepare them for kindergarten.”

“We have been helping formal child care programs and parents expose children to quality early learning experiences for many years,” says Sallie Westheimer, 4C president/CEO. “This United Way grant allows us to do something we have long dreamed of—helping to ensure quality early learning for the many children in informal care.”

4C will provide a number of offerings to family, friend and neighbor caregivers:

  • An Infant, Child, Adult CPR Class July 22 from 6 to 9:30 pm at Clinton County Health Department for the greatly discounted price of $10. Anyone providing informal, non-licensed care for children so parents can work or go to school is welcome. Register now by calling Cathie Streator (937-725-2981); spaces are limited.
  • A Family, Friend and Neighbor Support Network that will host quarterly meetings designed to offer educational materials to support school readiness.  
  • Play-and-Learn Groups that will meet monthly during the school year. Planned activities are designed to enhance caregivers’ understanding of child development and of how children learn by engaging them in activities with children.
  • A monthly newsletter that will promote kindergarten readiness, age-appropriate play and understanding of child development.

"Anyone who knows of a family, friend or neighbor caregiver should give me a call or encourage them to call me.” Cathie can be reached at 937-725-2981 or