The COVID-19 health emergency is impacting all our lives, especially those families with young children. In this weekly newsletter we will connect families with the most recent information about child care options, learning at home activities for children, emotional support resources and more. Here is our newsletter from April 1, 2020: Read More »
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The upcoming closure of child care programs as ordered by Governor DeWine will take place beginning this Thursday, March 26 through at least Thursday, April 30. Read More »
Governor DeWine announced this afternoon the closure of all Ohio child care programs beginning Thursday, March 26 through at least Thursday, April 30. 4C for Children and other state Child Care Resource and Referral agencies are working closely with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to prepare for this child care transition in our local communities. Read More »
Child Care In Ohio
As of today, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has not mandated closing of child care programs in the state though we continue to expect that announcement soon. Read More »
This message is part of our ongoing efforts to connect with you and share information and resources about COVID-19, its impact on you, your children and child care in general. We hope to continuing supporting you and your family as you navigate the days to come. Please reach out to us if you have specific questions or needs. Today’s information is accurate as of 3 p.m. on 3/19/20. Read More »
Even the best planned child care arrangements can be disrupted because of unexpected events. Such an event is taking place now with the public health situation around the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Identifying a backup child care plan that can be put into action is important in the event a school is temporarily closed or if parents, children or a child care provider is sick. Read More »
Once every decade, every resident in the United States is counted through the 2020 U.S. Census. This count directly impacts neighborhoods and businesses because money for schools, roads and public resources is dependent on population. So it’s essential to get an accurate count of everyone, from children to adults.
It’s estimated 5% of kids under age 5 were not counted in the 2010 Census. That equals about 1 million young children who were not counted—the highest undercount of any age group. When children are missed in the Census, programs such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program miss out on funding.
Beginning mid-March, every household should receive a postcard in the mail with instructions about how to participate. Information can be submitted online, over the phone, or by mail.
Download this flyer and learn how participating in the 2020 Census is easy, safe, and important.
‘Nature breeds curiosity; it helps to grow explorers rather than robots. It reminds us that we are part of something bigger. It grounds us, calms us.’-Ben Palmer Fry
Spring is on its way and with it comes the opportunity to observe nature changing before our eyes. Get outside with children and be part of the transformation!
It doesn’t matter if the days are bright and sunny, rainy, snowy, warm or cold. Outdoor play is always worth the effort. As long as it is safe, outdoor play can be fun, purposeful, full of opportunities to explore and provide endless learning experiences for children. Read More »
Although it’s hard to imagine thinking about the next school year when this academic year is barely half over, that’s exactly what families with children entering kindergarten next year are doing as the kindergarten registration process is kicking off in school districts throughout the region.
But getting children ready for kindergarten isn’t something that just begins at registration or even in preschool—it really begins at birth!
By the time a child is three years old, the areas that are foundational for later school success and learning are set. So when thinking about kindergarten readiness it’s important to look at the whole child because there’s much more involved than the child knowing letters, numbers and colors. While those things are important, so too are social-emotional, language, cognitive, literacy and physical development.
More than 25 years ago, 4C for Children opened a regional office in Northern Kentucky and began actively helping find quality child care options for the region’s children and families as well as supporting child care providers by offering coaching and continuing education opportunities.
4C for Children’s responsibility for the critical education of Northern Kentucky’s youngest minds for the majority of these years was supported by state funding. In recent years, the state chose to centralize these efforts, shifting the funding to the University of Kentucky (UK) to deliver early childhood education support services to the state’s families and child care providers. 4C for Children then became a subcontractor for this region through UK.
Over the past five years, UK has gradually discontinued the use of subcontractors like 4C for Children. This has ultimately resulted in a complete loss of state funding for our services.