From 4Cs
April 2021
A Note From Our Executive Director
Dear friend of 4Cs,

For over a year now, the Alameda County Emergency Child Care Response Team (ECCRT) has been meeting regularly to meet the ever-evolving and growing needs of our communities. Back in March 2020, myself and ECE leaders from across the county met up to twice daily to determine the needs of families, children, and child care providers across the county. We continue to meet regularly and work in partnership to support essential workers who needed child care and coordinate with child care sites, directors, and teachers to make sure that they have the support and tools they needed to keep their child care businesses open. The team coordinates child care payment assistance to parents and stipends and grants to child care businesses. The ECCRT continues to host webinars and information sessions for providers, distribute tens of thousands of personal protective equipment, health and safety, and cleaning supply essentials, and collaborate with Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing to provide nursing expertise to ECE businesses that remain open throughout the pandemic. 

While the ripple of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still being felt throughout the ECE community - and will be for a long time - these past two weeks have provided a glimmer of hope as the Alameda County ECCRT coordinated two COVID-19 clinics for our child care community and their family members. This past weekend, I spent my Saturday in the heart of Hayward checking in hundreds of our ECE community members in preparation for them to receive their vaccine. For some, this is the first time they or their loved ones left their home in 13 months because of their heightened risk for serious complications from the disease. For others, this clinic was a safe, welcoming place coordinated by a trusted group of agencies that they partner with all of the time without the stigma that other clinics may have. And for folks like Teddy*, a young man with autism, and his mom, a former educator and her son's biggest fan and advocate, this clinic was a place of warm welcoming smiles, accommodations and acceptance, and space where friendly helpers were there to "help make COVID-19 go away".
While we wish we could be the superpowers that Teddy hoped we had, it was a humbling experience to be part of the light at the end of this year of unknowns for Teddy, his mom, and the more than 600 others in our early care and education family who were vaccinated through these clinics.

As the ECCRT continues to meet, know that we at 4Cs of Alameda County - and our partners across the county - spend every day working to provide you with the tools you need to thrive now and when this time of unprecedented uncertainty finally is put behind us.

Be well,

Renee S. Herzfeld
Executive Director

*name changed to protect privacy
Resources and News
Child Care Waitlist Registration NOW OPEN
NEED HELP PAYING FOR CHILD CARE? If you live in Oakland, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward, Castro Valley, Newark, Union City, or Fremont, 4Cs of Alameda County may be able to help! 4Cs of Alameda County's Child Care Payment Assistance Programs are enrolling families now!

You may qualify for assistance with your child care costs if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • If you (parent/guardian) are currently receiving cash aid, you may be eligible for immediate and continuous child care for 12 months (CalWORKs Stage 1).
  • If you (parent/guardian) have received cash aid within the last 24 months and have a need for services such as working, seeking employment, training, or incapacitated (CalWORKs Stage 2).
  • If you (parent/guardian) have low to moderate income and have a need for child care such as working, seeking employment, training, incapacitated, CPS/At-Risk, or seeking housing (California Alternative Payment Program – as funds are available).
News from 4Cs Free Tax Preparation and Filing Team
Tax Day extended to May 17
Our VITA team will help you get your tax return filed on time. The last day to upload all your tax documents to the portal is May 3, 2021.
When you are ready, you can begin with this link:
The last day for DROP-OFF SERVICE for seniors (by appointment only) will be May 5, 2021.
Please call 510- 690 -2141 or visit for information.
Child Care Providers: We need your opinion on our inclusive practices!
Please take our Inclusion Services Survey to inform 4Cs of the Inclusion Services needed to serve the community and to support providers with follow-up. Thank you for your feedback! If you have any questions or would like resources regarding Inclusion Services and Resources, please contact Carol Jin at

¡Necesitamos su opinión sobre nuestras practicas inclusivas!
Participe en nuestra Encuesta de Servicios de Inclusión para informarle a 4Cs sobre los Servicios de Inclusión necesarios para servir a la comunidad y apoyar a los proveedores con el seguimiento. ¡Gracias por sus comentarios! Si tiene alguna pregunta o desea recursos sobre los servicios y recursos de inclusión, comuníquese con Carol Jin en .
請填寫我們的融合式幼兒教育服務問卷調查,目的為提供 4Cs在社區融合式教育方面提供更好的服務,並後續支援。感謝您的反饋!如果您有任何問題或希望獲得有關融合式教育和資源,請電郵 聯繫 Carol Jin。
Programs Especially for Hayward Families
Parent Cafés
Parents, you are invited to connect with others and relax! Our upcoming Parent Café will focus on the topic of Social Vitality. Join in on the conversation about our support systems and the joy that friends and family can add to your life. Parent Cafes are an open facilitated conversation that will feature questions around social vitality to guide the discussion. Links will be provided upon registration. Incentives will be given to participating families. 
Upcoming Parent Cafés are: 
Social Vitality (Spanish) Monday, May 3rd, 2pm-3pm FULL - waitlist open
Register for waitlist by emailing Lizbeth at
Social Vitality (English) Thursday, May 5th, 2pm-3pm 

Parent Promise Academy - Spanish Class Now Enrolling
Reúnase con otros padres en su comunidad para aprender sobre la crianza de niños saludables y felices. Academia Promesa para Padres es un programa de apoyo y educación para padres integral GRATUITO para familias con niños desde el nacimiento hasta los 8 años que viven en Los Vecindarios de la Promesa de Hayward. El programa combina educación para padres basada en las fortalezas y los temas incluyen desarrollo infantil, desarrollo del cerebro, manejo del comportamiento, comunicación positiva y disciplina, necesidades especiales, salud y nutrición, y más. 
La sesión en español de 4Cs HPN Academia Promesa para Padres comenzará el 19 de abril al 19 de junio de 2021, cada lunes de 2 a 4 p.m. a través de Zoom. 
Para obtener más información o preguntas sobre elegibilidad, comuníquese con Cynthia Padilla-Muñoz a través por o 510-584-3122 o regístrese aquí 
How to Reach Us
4Cs of Alameda County's offices are currently physically closed but agency services are being offered virtually until Alameda County lifts the shelter-in-place restrictions due to COVID-19. As always, you can find out more information about 4Cs on our website, Facebook Page, and via Twitter. 4Cs Staff Directory can be found here. You can also contact 4Cs of Alameda County at (510) 582-2182 and via email at
Upcoming Virtual Events for Parents
4/19/2021-6/21/21, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Upcoming Virtual Trainings for Providers
4/20/21, 7:00pm-9:00pm

4/24/21, 9:00am-12:00pm

4/27/21, 7:00pm-9:00pm

5/3/21, 2-3pm

5/5/21, 2-3pm

Part 1: 5/8/21, 9:00am-12:00pm
Part 2: 5/11/21, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Part 3: 5/11/21, 6:00pm-8:30pm

5/22/21, 10am-12pm
Career Opportunities at 4Cs
Coordinator, Development & Communications
Hayward Office
Child Care Services Support Specialist
Oakland Office
On-Call Maintenance Technician
Oakland & Hayward Offices