Community Coordinated Care for Children is committed to strengthening our communities and families. It's our belief that every child deserves the right to a bright and successful future. We provide this newsletter as part of 4C’s mission to be a community leader in providing high-quality services that improve the lives of children and families.
National Reading Month
Reading is fun and, regardless of age, provides many benefits. March is designated as a month to motivate Americans of all ages to read every day. It has health benefits such as improving cognitive function, memory, vocabulary, empathy and decreasing levels of stress. National Reading Month is in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. For ways to celebrate National Reading Month, click here.
National Nutrition Month
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created National Nutrition Month. During the month, your family is encouraged to learn about making good food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. To learn more, click here.
National Poison Prevention Week
National Poison Prevention Week is March 19-25 and raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention. To learn more, click here.
Here are free, family-friendly upcoming events in Central Florida:
Friday, March 3
Free Movie, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Kissimmee Lakefront Park, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 4
Peghorn Homestead Picnic, Peghorn Nature Park, St. Cloud, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Spring Festival, Amhurst Park at Vista Lakes, Orlando, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Special Needs and Inclusion Resource Fair, St. Cloud Civic Center, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Touch-a-Truck, Knights Plaza at Addition Financial Arena, UCF, noon to 3 p.m.
Jazz in the Park, Cypress Grove Park, Orlando, 2 to 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 5
Thursday, March 9
Free Movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Winter Park, 7 to 9 p.m.
Friday, March 10
Free Movie, The Bad Guys, Dr. Phillips Community Park, Orlando, 6:50 to 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 11
Free Movie, The Bad Guys, Bear Creek Recreation Complex, Orlando, 6:50 to 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, March 12
Saturday, March 18
Kowtown Festival, Kissimmee Lakefront Park, noon to 4 p.m.
Free Movie, Jungle Cruise, Park Plaza at Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs, 8 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, March 25
For more events, check out the 4C Community Calendar, click here.
EARLY LEARNING RESOURCES
The Florida School Readiness Program offers financial assistance to low-income families for early education and care. We are actively enrolling children ages birth to 12 years old. To learn more, click here.
Head Start/Early Head Start
The 4C Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote school readiness and child development for eligible low-income families with children from birth to 5 years old, click here.
VPK is free of charge to all 4-year-old children in Florida regardless of family income. The high-quality learning opportunity builds a strong academic structure. Now Enrolling. To learn more, click here.
Child Care Resource & Referral
Finding the right child care setting is an important decision. Trained CCR&R Specialists can locate quality child care based on your family’s needs, click here.
Neighborhood Centers for Families
NCF is made up of non-profits, agencies, churches, and groups that work together to provide family-friendly accessible services and activities to Orange County families, click here.
Get tips, strategies, and child development information from the Florida Division of Early Learning monthly newsletter, click here.