Creating Family Tradition

Creating Family Traditions

December 4, 2018

“Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people”-Nicholas Sparks Imagine eating at your grandma’s dinner table at your family’s holiday celebration. Among the tablecloth decorations is your hand print from when you and your cousins were 3 years old. How special ...

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Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Rate Changes

November 29, 2018

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services Division of Child Care is going to raise child care provider rates on December 1. A notice was sent out late Wednesday that stated that rates would be raised to the 40th percentile of market rates reflected in the market survey published ...

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Infant Child Care

Quality Child Care: What Families Need to Know

November 6, 2018

Having affordable, reliable child care is so important to families in our community—it helps children get the best start in life by providing beneficial early learning experiences and it allows the adults who care for them to go to work each day with the knowledge that their children are safe, ...

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4C for Children receives grant from Vectren Foundation

October 19, 2018

4C for Children has received a $30,000 grant from the Vectren Foundation to help increase the number of quality rated child care programs in Fayette and Clinton counties. The State of Ohio has mandated that all child care providers must be quality rated by June 30, 2020, to maintain their ...

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Award Winners

Announcing Early Childhood Award Recipients

October 11, 2018

4C for Children is pleased to announce this year's recipients of the June Sciarra Early Childhood Leadership award and the Early Childhood Educator Award. These individuals are being honored for their achievements and dedication to those they serve as they work to give children the best start in life. June ...

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Special Friday Evening Events Planned for 4C Conference

October 9, 2018

Most of your days are spent taking care of others—children, family or your program. But you can't do those things successfully if you don't take care of yourself first.To help you do that, the 4C for Children Leadership and Early Childhood Conference Planning Team has created some exciting opportunities for ...

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Council For Professional Recognition

Get to Know the Council for Professional Recognition

October 9, 2018

4C for Children will welcome Dr. Valora Washington, CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, as the Saturday morning keynote speaker of the 4C Leadership and Early Childhood Conference, presented by Positive Leaps, on October 27. “I’m so excited to be a keynote speaker at the 4C Grow the Good—Cultivating ...

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What is pretend play, and why is it important?

October 2, 2018

A pirate, a veterinarian, a parent, a hero in a cape, a talking blue kangaroo. These are some examples of things young children pretend to be or to interact with while they play. Most adults have met a child with an active imagination, a child who loves to hear, tell, ...

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Advocating for Your Child Care Needs

September 26, 2018

4C is working to make your child care concerns heard by elected officials. Read about some of our recent efforts to educate policy makers across Ohio and Kentucky. Inviting state legislators to local child care programs4C visited two child care centers with a group of legislators to talk about child ...

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4C NKY Team Leader Appointed to Governor's Advisory Council

September 26, 2018

Sandra Woodall has been appointed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to a three-year term on the Kentucky Child Care Advisory Council. Woodall serves as a team leader in 4C for Children's Quality Programs department and leads the 4C for Children Northern Kentucky team based in Covington. Her wealth of ...

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4C Seeks Applications for Annual High School Youth Award

September 5, 2018

4C for Children will once again honor "Champions for Children: The Next Generation" with its eighth annual youth award. The award celebrates a high school project led and implemented by students in grades 9-12 who are taking action on behalf of children)—locally or abroad. Criteria for Applying ...

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Parent Child Interactions

What Do Children Gain From Intentional Interactions?

September 5, 2018

As parents and caregivers we want to give our children the best start in life–physically, emotionally, and academically. One way to help children lay a solid foundation for positive growth and development is to be intentional with the way we interact with our kids. What do children gain from intentional ...

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4C Announces Champions for Children

August 29, 2018

4C for Children will honor Kim Chiodi and Dr. O'dell Owens as Champions for Children at the 13th annual Champions for Children Gala on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at JACK Cincinnati Casino. In addition, 4C will present the Sallie Westheimer Community Impact Award posthumously to the family of Dr. Dorothy ...

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Mom And Baby

Returning to Work

July 31, 2018

Returning to work after the birth of a child is one of the most difficult transitions new parents must make. In addition to the emotional impact—you’ll miss that sweet smile so much!—there are numerous practical issues to work through as well such as changes to daily routines and arranging for ...

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Sutq Express June 2018

Big Day for 25 Child Care Providers

July 26, 2018

In Southwest Ohio on May 1, there were 743 Family Child Care providers who serve more than 8,000 children Of those 743, a mere 74 were Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) quality rated, with most taking a year or more to achieve a quality star. On Friday, June ...

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Join the 4C for Children Team at Tour de Gem!

July 26, 2018

4C for Children is excited to host a team at the inaugural Tour de Gem, Dayton Cycling Classic on September 2 at Fifth Third Plaza in downtown Dayton. Tour de Gem is a charity cycling event to highlight the Dayton region for cyclists of all ages and abilities. 4C ...

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4C for Children Seeking Nominations for Early Childhood Awards

July 20, 2018

4C for Children has created two opportunities to recognize and honor individuals who have made a difference in the lives of young children and families.The following two awards will be presented at our upcoming Conference Oct. 26-27, 2018.The June Sciarra Early Childhood Leadership Award was created by 4C in 2012 ...

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Inspiring Child Care Providers to Reach for the Stars

July 10, 2018

Traci Poellnitz’s day is spent bouncing back and forth between the two classrooms filled with children of various ages. As the owner/director of Cozy Care Nursery School and Childcare, she wears many hats including teacher, cook, human resource and business manager, counselor, mediator and janitor—and she does it with ...

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Back To School

Getting Ready for School!

July 9, 2018

Even though it feels like summer just got started, it’s already time to start thinking about the next school year. With some school districts starting back as early as the first week of August, July is the perfect time to start planning and preparing to have a great year! What ...

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Supporting Parents Benefits Children and Family Life

July 3, 2018

Russell Diaz, 4, gives hugs when he’s introduced to people. And his eyes light up when he begins playing with the play dough that he and his mom, Leticia, made earlier in the week. As a stay-at-home mom, Leticia spends a lot of time playing with Russell and helping him ...

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Enriching Children Through Nutrition and Learning

June 27, 2018

Children can be picky eaters—liking things that aren’t good for them and not liking the nutritious foods. But thanks to 4C’s Child Nutrition Program (CNP), Rita Thompson is learning new ways to make sure she’s providing the most nutritious meals for the kids in her care. “I love how ...

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Calling All Cyclists: Join the 4C Team at Tour de Gem

June 25, 2018

Join the 4C for Children Team at the inaugural Tour de Gem, Dayton Cycling Classic on Sept. 2 in Dayton. The ride will start at the Don Crawford Plaza at 5/3 Field in downtown Dayton. The routes will take riders through many local communities spotlighting a wide variety of local ...

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4C for Children Partners With AmeriCorps Public Allies to Serve Families

June 21, 2018

4C for Children has had the benefit of some extra help since last September, thanks to AmeriCorps Public Allies. Public Ally Quratulain Sami has been researching the issue of homelessness, how it affects children in our community and ways families and child care providers can be better supported. Initially, Quratulain ...

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New Board 2018

Announcing Our Newest Board Members!

June 18, 2018

Jonathan Brodhag and Jennifer Damiano are the newest members of the 4C for Children's Board of Trustees. They join 19 continuing members of the board who are helping further 4C's mission to ensure quality early education and care for all children. "We are pleased to welcome these trustees who ...

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Summer Safety

Keep your family safe during summer fun

June 5, 2018

Warmer weather brings lots of outdoor fun, water play, travel and vacations. To enjoy outdoor play to the fullest, it’s important for parents and caregivers to ensure that children are properly protected from sun, heat and insects. Nothing ruins a fun day at the pool faster than a painful sunburn! ...

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Motivation to Be the Best Leads to Milestone Quality Rating

May 16, 2018

Crystal Scott is in the business of providing high-quality early education and care to children in her Westwood community. And she is truly local, working from her Westwood home.She reached a milestone in 2017 when she became the first family child care provider in Hamilton County licensed to care for ...

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Child Care Provider Advisory Group Launches!

May 9, 2018

A new 4C for Children Provider Advisory Group launched on April 10 to gather input from community-based child care providers that can help inform 4C's early education work. The 15 member group will provide important feedback, give recommendations and help 4C better serve the needs of child care providers and ...

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Outdoor Play

Guide Your Child Through Outdoor Play and Learning!

May 1, 2018

Spring may have gotten lost on the way to our area, but now that it’s finally here it’s time to get the kids outside! Children are born with the need to explore the world using their senses. Making outdoor play purposeful and fun might seem challenging but when the five ...

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Vanessa Freytag Elected Chair of Advocacy Coalition Focused on Hamilton County

April 13, 2018

Vanessa Freytag, president/CEO of 4C for Children, has been elected by the board of the Human Services Chamber of Hamilton County to a one-year term as chair.The chamber, a coalition of over 50 human services providers formed in 2013, advocates for policies that are beneficial to their organizations and the ...

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Moms Support

Child Abuse Prevention: Actions You Can Take

April 3, 2018

Since 1983, April has been recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, five children in the United States die from child abuse or neglect each day and 75 percent of those deaths are children under the age of three. Eighty ...

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In Memoriam: Dr. Dorothy June Sciarra

March 23, 2018

4C for Children is saddened to share the passing of Dr. Dorothy June Sciarra, a leader in the early childhood field and a strong supporter of 4C.June was a friend and resource for 4C staff over the decades. She served on training committees and was integral in helping develop and ...

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STEM Together

How to help your children learn about STEM through play!

March 5, 2018

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are everywhere in our world. To prepare children for success in an environment driven by these concepts, educators are teaching these concepts to children at younger and younger ages. You don’t need to have an in-depth knowledge of these subjects to introduce them to ...

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Family Kindergarten Ready

Preparing Your Family for Kindergarten

February 6, 2018

Kindergarten is a milestone that parents often begin anticipating—sometimes with excitement, sometimes with dread—when children are very young. Sending children off to kindergarten comes with a variety of new experiences for both parents and children like using school buses, adjusting to large classes, experiencing academic expectations and working with teachers. ...

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High School Sophomores Create Non-Profit to Benefit Children in Need

January 31, 2018

Sole Bros, a non-profit organization founded and run by five 15-year-old high school sophomores, has been awarded 4C for Children's Champions for Children: the Next Generation Award. The award, sponsored by Schueler Group, honors high school students in grades 9-12 who are taking action on behalf of the ...

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Using Technology With Children in the Correct Dosage

January 3, 2018

What an age we live in! Technology advancements are part of our everyday lives affecting the way in which we communicate, learn, work and play. Children are exposed to technology at a very young age and master its use very quickly. As parents, we probably have all used something with ...

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