Champions for Children Honorees and Award Recipients
Over the years, 4C for Children has recognized individuals in the community who have made lasting impacts on early childhood education by awarding them the Champions for Children Award.
This year as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’re honoring 50 Champions for Children who have significantly impacted the early childhood education arena through their involvement with 4C for Children. The Champions will be recognized at this year’s Gala along with the recipients of the Legacy Award and Agency Impact Award.
We’re thrilled to recognize the following for their support of 4C for Children and commitment to helping local children and families have the very best quality early education opportunities possible.
Legacy Award Recipient
Sallie Westheimer served as Chief Executive Officer of 4C for Children for 35 years. She began as a board member in the early 1970s, transitioning to President/CEO in 1980, a position she held until her retirement in 2015. Her decades of inspirational leadership helped transform a small agency that provided training and services to local child care programs into the region’s premier resource for high-quality early education and care for the youngest children in our community.
Agency Impact Award Recipients
Cincinnati Preschool Promise has been a vital partner of 4C for Children through the prioritization of funding towards expanding access to quality preschool in the City of Cincinnati. CPP was made possible thanks to the will of community leaders and taxpayers who approved this catalytic local investment in 2016. CPP is utilizing funds to expand the number of quality preschools and for tuition assistance for families who need it most.
Montgomery County Preschool Promise has been a long-standing partner of 4C for Children and is a hallmark of early childhood learning in the Greater Dayton community. MCPP was created in 2007 by local advocates and works to equip preschools and families with exceptional support, coaching and education. The initiative was significantly expanded in 2016 through a tax increase addressing some of the key needs in the city and approved by Dayton community leaders and taxpayers. MCPP is a shining example of a local community making critical, affordable, high quality preschool available for all children.