4C for Children has received a $50,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to ensure that local child care providers can access the coaching and training resources they need to increase Ohio Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) ratings. This is critical support for child care teachers and administrators as they continue to care for and educate the youngest children in our community and support our region’s most vulnerable families by providing access to quality child care.
Grant funds will directly support child care providers involved in 4C for Children’s Advancing to High Quality Program. Advancing to High Quality is designed to increase the number of SUTQ highly-rated child care programs in our community. The program’s goal is to level the playing field so that every child gets the high -quality care and early learning they need to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
“PNC Foundation has been an incredible leader in supporting our child care community throughout the pandemic,” says Vanessa Freytag, president and CEO of 4C for Children. “They have helped ensure that our community has retained child care programs during such a challenging time and that children continue to receive quality care and education during the critical early years of brain development We are grateful for the foundation’s continued partnership with 4C for Children this need in our community.”
Today, there are nearly 900 child care providers in Southwest Ohio who care for more than 14,000 vulnerable children living below the federal poverty level.