4C Play & Learn Program Expands Again!

August 30, 2017

Play And Learn

The 4C for Children Play & Learn program is expanding to four new Ohio and Kentucky communities. Parents and children living in Dayton, Ky., and Hamilton, Eaton and Xenia, Ohio, will now have access to the program that helps promote learning through play and exploration. Currently 4C facilitates 18 groups in 12 counties.

The target audience for these biweekly Play & Learn groups are young children (birth to age 5) not in formal child care programs along with their parents or family, friend or neighbor caregivers.

The groups, based on the national Kaleidoscope Play & Learn® Program, are led by trained facilitators, assisted by volunteers, who plan culturally and developmentally appropriate play activities for children that they and their caregivers participate in together.

The free 90-minute, twice-monthly sessions occur on the following dates in the following locations:

  • Boone County, Ky.: 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Boone County Public Library (Florence branch)
  • Covington, Ky.: 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Kenton County Public Library
  • Dayton, Ky.: 1st and 3rd Fridays from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Lincoln Elementary School. (Start date: Sept. 8)
  • Eaton: 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Preble County Educational Service Center. (Start date: Sept. 13)
  • Franklin: 3rd Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Franklin Library
  • Hamilton: 2nd and 4th Friday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the YWCA of Hamilton (Start date: Sept. 8)
  • Newport, Ky.: 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Campbell County Public Library
  • Williamstown, Ky.: 1st and 3rd Friday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Grant County Public Library
  • Amelia/Union Township: 2nd Friday (Amelia branch library) and 4th Friday (Union Township branch library) from 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Blanchester: 4th Monday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Blanchester Library
  • Dayton: 1st and 3rd Friday, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Trotwood Branch of the Dayton Metro Library.
  • Goshen/Williamsburg: 1st Friday (Goshen branch library) and 3rd Friday (Williamsburg branch) from 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Lebanon: 1st Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. at Lebanon Presbyterian Church
  • Middletown: 1st and 3rd Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-Noon at the Parent Resource Center
  • Millvale: 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Millvale Recreation Center
  • Norwood: 2nd and 4th Thursday from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Norwood Church of the Nazarene
  • Springdale: 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Vineyard Church Healing Center
  • Westwood: 1st and 3rd Friday from 10:30 a.m.-Noon at the Westwood branch library
  • Wilmington: 2nd Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-Noon at the New Life Clinic
  • Xenia: Time and date to be determined

Through experiences at these group sessions, adults learn how to best support children's healthy development and learning so they are ready to begin kindergarten.

"4C for Children works to support all adults who care for young children,” says Carolyn Brinkmann, strategic director of 4C’s Family and Community Services which oversees the program.

“If we are to reach the United Way’s Bold Goal that 85% of all children enter kindergarten ready to learn by 2020 we have to make sure that the large number of children cared for informally by family, friends and neighbors are not left behind."

Play & Learn sessions provide parents and caregivers with

  • play strategies to nurture skills children need for future school success,
  • ideas for supporting children's learning through everyday activities such as grocery shopping, cooking and bath time,
  • information about child development from birth to age 5,
  • opportunities for adults and children to interact with each other,
  • connections to available community programs and services that offer assistance in raising healthy children.

The 4C Play & Learn program—funded through a grant from Procter & Gamble through United Way of Greater Cincinnati Success By 6® as well as by Norwood Ready Kids, United Way of Clinton County, United Way of Warren County, United Way of Butler County, United Way of Greater Dayton and Dayton Metro Library—is one of the many ways 4C is working to educate and support the adults who care for children in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and the Miami Valley.

For more information about registering for any of the Play & Learn programs, contact 4C Family and Community Services at 513-758-1311.