It’s time for summer planning! Have you decided whether your child will attend summer camp, child care, or be at home? Research has shown students experience learning losses when they don’t engage in educational activities over summer break. One way to prevent this from happening is to make sure that your child is in a quality care setting during summer vacation—as well as all year long! Read More about Know Your Summer Care Options »
The 4C Leadership and Early Childhood Conference is comprehensive and relevant to all who touch early care and education—including teachers, center-based child care providers, family child care providers, home visitors, directors, community partners, librarians and schools. This innovative conference will provide current, research-based strategies and pertinent information so that all will leave feeling empowered and fueled with knowledge, passion and inspiration to lead.
This year’s conference theme is “Grow the Good: Embracing Empathy and Equity.” We need your expertise! Consider submitting a proposal for a conference workshop session—your workshop session will provide high-quality professional development that paves the way for high-quality early care and education so that we can build our future, together. Read More about Call for Presenter Proposals: 4C Leadership and Early Childhood Conference »
Congratulations to this recent class of 4C Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparation Program graduates from Southwest Ohio!
This group of early childhood professionals not only finished this step on their journey to increasing the quality of their child care programs—each of the family child care providers in the class also completed registration for and received a Step Up To Quality rating! Read More about Congratulations CDA Graduates! »
The Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood is conducting a survey of early childhood education professionals to learn more about what your county is doing to help parents and children manage different transitions, with a focus on the transition into kindergarten. Your responses will be used to help Kentucky develop a new early childhood strategic plan for the state.
“When we think about the economic growth of our state, the reality is that child care is one of the most fundamental components of our business infrastructure. A parent cannot go to work without a place for their child to be cared for.”
Those were among 4C President/CEO Vanessa Freytag’s remarks in testimony given April 10 to the Ohio House Finance Health and Human Services Subcommittee.
She and 10 other Ohio early childhood advocates gave testimony about the importance of investing in quality care at the state level and the impact of Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed budget on children and families.
“Every day we (Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies) work on ensuring that every young child in Ohio gets the educational grounding that will help children enter school ready to learn,” Freytag told legislators. “If they are ready to learn, they are likely to thrive and become successful adults who become parents, work at businesses, and maybe even run for office.”
In a world where children are “growing up digital,” it is important to help them learn healthy habits around using the many forms of media available to them. You may wonder, “Is my family too wired to technology?”
Read More about Media Time: How Much Is Too Much? »
4C is partnering with Crayons to Computers to better reach early childhood programs and family/home-care providers committed to improving their quality ratings.
Thanks to this partnership, an application process for early childhood programs serving children 3-5 years old to access Crayons to Computers services has been established. Read More about Crayons to Computers Early Childhood Program »
Happy Wednesday! We have all the latest for you on the exciting training we have coming up at 4C. We’re here to support you on your journey to provide high-quality care for children. Check out the training opportunities in your region!
4C for Children is happy to welcome Emily Fay as the agency’s new Vice President for Agency Advancement. In her new role, Fay will lead the agency’s fundraising and development efforts and will oversee its communication functions.
Did you know that the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) are all around us? You don’t need to have an in-depth knowledge of these subjects to introduce them to children. Families can naturally embed these concepts in everyday life. A foundation for STEAM is laid by helping children increase their awareness of the world and by encouraging them to think creatively.