February, 2017 - In This Issue:
From the Desk of Our Executive Director
Aunt Ciby in sunglasses in the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
While I am reminded of Black History throughout the year, February provides a time for all of us to reflect and remember the legacy and impact of African American people.  I encourage you to visit your local library and share with your families our favorite books that highlight black heroes  like Madam C J Walker - the entrepreneur; Fredrick Douglas - whose life went from slavery to freedom and Abolitionist/Preacher; or Rosa Parks - civil rights activist who would not give up her seat.

Movies are also a great way to celebrate and learn for whole family. This past year a few great movies were released that share from the history and experiences of Black people in America.  Hidden Figures and Fences both have powerful and informative stories for both young and old. If you want to dive more in depth about the history and struggle of our African American brothers and sisters, I Am Not Your Negro and 13th may be of interest to you. There is lots to learn and even more to be grateful for in these films and others that focus on the experiences of the African American community that helped shape our country.

On a more personal note, I remember those in my own family members like Aunt Ciby - also passionate about early childhood development - who marched across the Selma Bridge or Dr. Will Herzfeld who was a Civil Rights leader in the Bay Area and worked with Martin Luther King Jr.

When I visited the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN, one fact stuck with me long after my trip: According to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the new world between 1525 and 1866. Almost 11 million survived the trip making this the largest forced immigration in the history of the world. That history and the history that has followed over the past 150 years has impacted the nation we live in today in a very real and tangible way. I highly recommend taking time, regardless of your race, religion, color, or creed to use this month as a catalyst for talking your family or the children in your care about diversity, equality, and equity - 4Cs' "Celebrating Diversity" Pinterest board is a great place to start for inspiration in starting this important conversation.  
Be Well,

Renee S. Herzfeld  
New 4Cs Agency Video
Featuring Families, Providers, Supporters and our Community

4Cs Agency Video
4Cs Agency Video

Have you checked out 4Cs of Alameda County's agency video? Newly released, the video highlights the families and child care providers that 4Cs is proud to work with. With an emphasis on the impact of our work and words from our sponsors, we are excited to share the heart of our work with you!
Keep VITA at 4Cs
Earn It! Keep It! Save it!
For 15 years, 4Cs' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site has been providing free tax preparation and filing for families and individuals in our community. We need your help to make sure that this vital service to the community remains at 4Cs of Alameda County. Help us:
  • Share with your friends and family about our VITA site. Anyone who made less than $54,000 in 2016 is eligible to have their taxes prepared and filed for free by our tax experts. Show them information on our website, Facebook page, or have them call us at 510-582-2182 ext.3141 for more information.
  • Join us on Thursday evening from 5pm-8:30pm to have your own taxes prepared and filed for free OR dropping off your taxes to be completed at 4Cs Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm (please allow 3-5 business days for your taxes to be completed once dropped off). 
  • SAVE, SAVE, SAVE! Whether you or a friend uses 4Cs' VITA services, we encourage all VITA participants (and everyone who receives a tax refund) to save at least a portion of their earnings. Why? Because everyone needs a rainy day fund. Did you know that by depositing just $50 of your tax refund in your savings account when filing through VITA, you are eligible to win $100? Your savings can also be matched by our friends at EARN, find out how here
Register Now for Upcoming Trainings at 4Cs
Training Opportunities Available

3/13/17, 7pm-9pm

3/18/17, 9am-5pm

2/25/17, 9am-5pm
Niños con Comportamientos Desafiantes: Basado en el Método de Comportamiento por Linda Brault
3/4/17, 9am-3pm

3/25/17, 9am-5pm
Preparándose para la Reunión del IEP: Entendiendo el Plan de Educación Individualizado
3/27/17, 6:30pm-8:30pm

健康與安全的實踐 : 给家庭托兒和托兒中心的照顧者
3/4/17, 9am-12pm

創意教學 : 數學與科學
3/18/17, 1pm-3pm

*Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council is hosting a symposium on "Early Childhood and ACEs: On the Path to Resilience" on Saturday, April 25th. All child care providers are welcome to attend. Attendees can register at https://2017aces.eventbrite.com -the flier for the event can be viewed here.
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