When 2020 began, everyone at 4C for Children was filled with excitement at what we planned to accomplish in the coming months. Our financial outlook was positive, we were laying the groundwork for a new three-year strategic plan with our board, department goals were established, staff were focused on implementing new strategies to help child care providers meet the summer deadline to become quality rated and new ways to help families find quality child care options were being explored and integrated into our work. Read More about 2020 Impact Report: Resilience in a Difficult Year »
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We are grateful to share with you that the future of Step Up To Quality is bright! The State of Ohio budget process has concluded, and some of the changes that had originally been proposed that would have dismantled SUTQ have been removed from the state’s budget. The requirement for those that serve children receiving state assistance to obtain a Step Up To Quality rating will remain in place. Read More about State of Ohio Budget Update: Good news! »
The future of Step Up To Quality—and the ripple effect it has had over the past 10 years on the growth and stabilization of our community’s educational and economic infrastructure—is at risk. Read More about Act Now to Save SUTQ! »
Today, the future of Step Up To Quality—and helping children get that best possible educational foundation—is at risk. The changes to Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) and other state support for child care in the current version of the State of Ohio Budget will reduce the number of programs able to participate in SUTQ.
The investment in quality child care has changed the game for more than 24,000 children in Southwest Ohio and Miami Valley whose families are receiving state assistance for child care. Read More about 24,000 Children in Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley Need Your Voice »
4C for Children is partnering with organizations across the state such as Groundwork Ohio, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Montgomery County Preschool Promise, and many others, to share the following message: Read More about Advocacy Alert: Make Your Voice Heard »
A Note from 4C for Children President/CEO Vanessa Freytag:
For the past several weeks, 4C for Children has worked with members of the Cincinnati City Council to advocate for additional support for and expansion of child care programs in the community. As a result, $1 million of the approximately $279 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal stimulus funds earmarked for Cincinnati have been allocated to a Child Care Startup Fund, which would provide critical resources and start-up funding for potential child care providers. Read More about Child Care Start Up Funds Allocated »
The annual 4C for Children Leadership & Early Childhood Conference will take place October 22-23, 2021. Read on for how you can be involved in this exciting annual event! Read More about Submit Your Proposal: Present At Our Conference! »
National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Week is celebrated annually in March to raise awareness of how this USDA-administered program works to combat hunger by bringing healthy food to children in child care. In Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley, 4C for Children oversees this federal program for licensed family child care providers and child care centers.
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4C for Children has received a $100,000 grant from the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation to ensure that local child care providers can access the coaching and training resources they need to increase their Ohio Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) ratings in accordance with state goals This is critical support for programs as they continue to care for and educate the youngest children in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant funds will directly support child care providers involved in 4C for Children’s Advancing to High Quality program. Read More about 4C for Children Receives L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation Grant »
Our country is at a tipping point, and our children’s futures are at stake. As the nation attempts to recover and rebuild from COVID-19, we must focus on the needs of children and their families—particularly in the prenatal to three period—or we risk creating a generation of children further behind than any other in recent history. That is why we’re joining national organizations in the launch of #KidsAreEssential. Read More about #KidsAreEssential »