January 2017
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Your Contribution Means So Much!

yourcontributionA new year for United 4 Children means we ended the last with our Annual Campaign.  The Annual Campaign always gives us a boost of energy to enter a New Year motivated and refreshed to achieve our mission of improving the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of our children.

Are You Supporting Emotional Development?
emotionalIn their article "Administrative Practices that Support Children's Emotional Development," (Exchange, November/December 2016) Kay M. Albrecht, Jennifer C. Fiechtner, and Margaret Banks identify "four administrative strategies that help directors ensure their teachers have the specialized knowledge and teaching skills needed to be effective in supporting children's emotional development." 

Click here to learn more about the four strategies.

We're Still Enrolling!
stillenrollingThe 24:1 Early Childhood Learning Center is a FREE half-day pre-school program for children living in the Normandy Schools Collaborative area. We currently have openings available and are enrolling now! For more information call 314-383-3252.
Click here for additional center information.

congratulationsOur Child Nutrition Services Provider Virginia Miller was nominated to be featured at the NCA's Provider Showcase. The Provider Showcase is a short feature article on a child care home and what the provider is doing with the children focusing on nutrition.

Congratulations Virginia!

Training Opportunity 
trainingModule 7 - Understanding Early Intervention and Special Education - February 18, 2017
Click here for additional training info. 

Module 14 - Emotional Intelligence - February 18, 2017.  
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Job Well Done!
jobwelldoneLisa Smith our Child Care Nutrition Director has recently had 3 piano pieces published in sheet music. Her piano book "Happy Holiday Duos" was published in December.  Lisa is also signed as a composer with Piano Pronto Publishing, Inc.  

Keep up the great work Lisa!

Welcome to the U4C Family!
welcomeKim Hunt is our new Director of Career Development and Road to Quality.  Kim has a Master's degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.   Her career includes more than 20 years of experience with nonprofit programs in the field of Early Childhood and After School Care, focusing on supporting child care providers with their training opportunities and moving programs toward quality.  She has several years of experience as a Child Development instructor at the Community College level, classroom experience for early childhood and after school programs, and as an administrator. Kim is an experienced trainer and provides development and coaching for Career Development and Road to Quality.

farewellWe extend our sincerest thanks to Kate Stetcher for her hard work and dedication at  United 4 Children. During her time with us, Kate worked as an Assistant Program Administrator. Kate was a great asset to the Child Nutrition Services, the agency, and the providers she served. We wish Kate every success in all her future endeavors.

Save The Date!
savethedateFor our 11th Annual Lighting the Way Gala 2017 A Kentucky Derby Style Affair To Ensure High-Quality Childcare For All Thursday, April 6, 2017 5:30 - 9:30 pm Randall Gallery,

Click here for additional event info.
United 4 Children provides caregivers with tools to support child/youth well-being and promote educational equity.  You can find out more on our website at www.United4Children.org. Please share this email to your colleagues.