May 2016
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As we celebrated Provider Appreciation Day and Teacher Appreciation Day this month, I was reminded of Mrs.Tennant, or "Mama" as many of us affectionately call her. A warm, older women, Mama's house was a place of comfort and care, imagination and learning. She welcomed us into her lovely home every morning with open arms, walking me and my classmates to school and then home again. Somehow she and her helpers juggled many of us, from newborns to middle schoolers, and never broke a sweat. She spoiled us with large, tasty picnics in her bountiful backyard, and taught us life lessons that I will never forget. For five years, Mama was there, a guiding, caring, loving light until my family moved across town. Time spent at Mrs.Tennant's will always be fondly etched in my mind.
It was not until I began working at 4Cs of Alameda County that I realized Mrs.Tennant was a family child care provider. Just like the hundreds of providers, teachers, and caregivers we work with - whether they work in a center, family child care home, or as a family member, friend, or neighbor caring for our youngest learners - Mama's love, guidance, and impact on my life, decades later, has shaped the woman I became. Thank you to the men and women who fill this role for the babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children in Alameda County. The love and learning you provide day in and day out are vital to the development of our young children and your lessons will touch their lives forever. We appreciate you this May and every day!
Be Well,
Renee S. Herzfeld, Executive Director

P.S. The timeline has been extended! Don't forget to vote for 4Cs of Alameda County  as Best Child Care Referral and Support Agency and Bright Future Early Learning Center as Best Small Preschool in  2016 Parents Press Best of Alameda County Awards  by May 31st
14th Annual FREE Children's Faire
May 14th, 10am-1pm

On Saturday, May 14th, 4Cs of Alameda County presents the 14th Annual FREE Children's Faire. Join us at 4Cs' Main Office in Hayward for a day full of fun, arts and crafts, entertainment, information from community partners, and more! Find out more details on our event page.
Thank You for Giving
Despite Glitches, East Bay Gives a Success!
On May 3rd, 4Cs of Alameda County participated in a national day of giving back. Sponsored by the East Bay Community Foundation, East Bay Gives was an opportunity for community members to 'give where you live.' Unfortunately, the software platform used nationally, Kimbia, had major technical difficulties and many donations could not be made or were delayed. After extending the giving period through the 4th, 4Cs of Alameda County's raised  more than $1,200 thanks to 40 individual donations! Thank you all for your patience, persistence, and generousity. You make a difference in the lives of Alameda County's children, families, and child care providers. Missed East Bay Gives? Visit our donation page for more ways to give to 4Cs of Alameda County.
Attention: Quality Counts Center ECE Staff and Private Center Directors

SEQUAL Survey Due
Teaching Staff: The FINAL deadline for teachers, aides and (instructional) assistants to complete the Supportive Environmental Quality Underlying Adult Learning (SEQUAL) teacher survey is Thursday, May 19th. This survey is available only to teaching staff at Quality Counts sites who work with children birth to age 5 (non-school age).
Directors and Administrators: The deadline to complete the director SEQUAL survey is Friday, May 20th. This survey is available to Quality Counts and private center directors and administrators. 
Participating in the SEQUAL survey is an important opportunity for teachers and directors to have a voice in quality improvement efforts . The information collected will help to identify workplace supports teaching staff and programs need to help children succeed.
If you did not receive the survey link or cannot locate the email from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at UC Berkeley, please contact Felippa Amanta at or (510) 642-2035 .

Find 4Cs in the Community
Upcoming Events
Spanish Language Family Resource Night
May 17, 6pm-7:30pm
San Lorenzo Library
395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo
All families are welcome to the San Lorenzo Library Spanish-Language Family Resource Night! Get valuable information from local groups and organizations, including 4Cs of Alameda County, and meet members of your community! Featuring bilingual English/EspaƱol performances by Circus of Smiles and Juan Sanchez. View more information here.

Native Strong 2016: A Family Wellness Conference & Resource Fair
May 26, 9:30am-2:30pm
Washoe Native TANF
2030 Franklin Street, #400, Oakland
Native families with young children are invited to a resource fair with workshops and activities focused on financial education, self-care, attachment, nutrition, and more! Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. View the event flier here.
Career Opportunities at 4Cs
Click on the job titles below to see job descriptions and application information for job opportunities at 4Cs and apply to join our growing team!

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