From 4Cs
August 2020
A Note From Our Executive Director
Dear friend of 4Cs,

The smell of freshly sharpened pencils. The squeaking sounds echoing the halls of new shoes. The butterflies of walking into a new classroom. The excitement of heading back to school reverberates this time of year as school typically open their doors to new and returning learners. This year, however, is anything but typical.

This year, 4Cs staff are working closely with community members to not just make sure that their child care needs are met while schools are transitioning to remote learning, but to help meet their most basic needs to survive during this time that is incredibly difficult for so many. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we have distributed essential supplies to child care providers and families who have lost everything. Our outreach targeted community members who are at high risk or furthest from opportunity (you can read about our second round of deliveries to HPN families below as one example). Most recently, we used generous funds from Supervisor Valle's office to provide Basic Needs Boxes to community members. These boxes, full of laundry soap, dish soap, Kleenex, paper towels, disinfectant, spray bottles, masks cereal, diapers, and baby wipes were distributed to more than 90 families in our community. They also included children's books and information about the 2020 Census (see below for how you can still be sure you're counted). Every box provided a lifeline for families and showed our neighbors that we are in this together. We are looking forward to serving as many as we can in our communities as the pandemic continues (read more about how you can sign up for upcoming diaper distributions below). These distributions and deliveries, while welcomed with open arms, are addressing just the tip of the iceberg for so many in our community and we are humbled and grateful to provide what we can and look forward to serving even more families in the 4Cs community.

In addition to tangible needs, families and child care providers are reaching out for support and guidance surrounding child care. What child care sites are open? How do I get help paying for child care if I'm an essential worker? Can I have my child care payment covered if my child is learning remotely and in a child care setting? How do I obtain enough cleaning supplies and PPE to keep my staff and families safe? Why are ratio recommendations different depending on what department you ask? While our incredible Resource and Referral and Payment Assistance staff are always happy to help (call us at 510.582.2182), many questions surrounding child care during the shelter-in-place are being asked and addressed at the national, state, and county levels. Myself, as well as many on our management team, are on daily conference calls doing our best to plan, react, and respond as best we can to the constantly changing times, landscape, and directives.

As we approach this new, very different, school year together, know that 4Cs is doing all we can to advocate for you, keep you informed, and provide you with support so that you, your family, and our community members can thrive. Please join us in supporting our families in need by giving to 4Cs of Alameda County here, or reach out if you're in need - our staff is here to help.

Be well,

Renee S. Herzfeld
Executive Director
Resources and News
4Cs Diaper Program Expanding to Serve More Families
4Cs Diaper Project is expanding!! In October 2018, 4Cs of Alameda County's Monthly Diaper Project, in partnership with First 5 Alameda County and, allowed us to assist 75 children with monthly diapers and wipes for an entire year. With the piloting of this program in Oakland and South County, our team discovered that the need in our community for families who need diapers is greater than we imagined. First 5 recognized this great need and increased the number of children receiving diapers monthly in the second year of the diaper program to serve 100 children monthly. Now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our regular monthly diaper project will be expanding once again to assist 500 children with diapers every month! 4Cs has been awarded a grant from the County of Alameda, Housing and Development Department to provide diapers, formula, and baby wipes for 5 months to 200 children who reside in the Ashland & Cherryland area. These supplies are in addition to the 100 children who are on our monthly diaper program (50 in Oakland & 50 in Southern Alameda County) who will be able to continue the program until the spring. We are also pleased that an additional 200 children will be served on an as-needed basis via our "Community Closet" beginning in September, 2020. Be on the lookout for more information to follow soon about this exciting growth in serving our families in need of diapers. Be sure to contact our Family Resource Coordinator, Chantae Wilson, at if you are in need of diapers.
Census Updates – 35 days left!
Actualizaciones del censo - ¡Quedan 36 días!
It’s not too late to participate in the 2020 Census. It is very important that every family is counted in the Census which is critical in securing community funding and political representation for the next 10 years.
Alameda County’s response rate is at 73%. In an effort to get a complete count by September 30, 2020 census takers began visiting households who have not responded to the census. There is still an opportunity to respond today by going online at or by phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail.  
No es demasiado tarde para participar en el censo de 2020. Es muy importante que cada familia se cuente en el Censo, que es fundamental para asegurar fondos para la comunidad y la representación política durante los próximos 10 años.
La tasa de respuesta del condado de Alameda es 73%. En un esfuerzo por obtener un recuento completo antes del 30 de septiembre de 2020, los encuestadores comenzaron a visitar hogares que no respondieron al censo. Todavía hay una oportunidad de responder hoy en línea en o por teléfono al 844-468-2020 o por correo.
Academia de Promesa para Padres se Inscribe Ahora
Parent Promise Academy Now Enrolling
A medida que el año se acerca a la temporada de otoño, nuestro departamento de Vecindarios Promesa de Hayward (HPN) se está preparando para el inicio de su Academia de Promesa para Padres de Otoño. Toda la programación de HPN ha pasado a una plataforma en línea hasta que sea seguro volver a las sesiones en persona. La academia de la promesa de los padres da la bienvenida a todos de todos orígenes para conectarse con otros padres en la comunidad para compartir y aprender de las experiencias de otros. La academia de la promesa de los padres utiliza el plan de estudios Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors que se enfoca en las diferentes etapas de los niños de 0 a 8 años. Únase a la conversación y aprenda cómo criar hijos sanos y felices. La clase se ofrece en español e inglés. Para obtener más información y preguntas sobre elegibilidad, llame o envíe un correo electrónico a Cynthia Padilla Munoz, supervisora ​​de proyectos de HPN, al 510-584-3122 o

As the year approaches the fall season, our Hayward Promise Neighborhoods (HPN) department is setting up for the start of their Fall Parent Promise Academy. All HPN programming has transitioned to an online platform until it is safe to return to in-person sessions. The Parent Promise Academy (PPA) welcomes all parents from all backgrounds to connect with other parents in the community and to share and learn from other parents. The PPA utilizes the Abriendo Puertas-Opening Doors curriculum which focuses on the different stages of children from 0-8 years old. Join the conversation with other parents and learn about how to raise healthy and happy children. The upcoming class will be in Spanish with an English class offered at a later date. Please call or email HPN Project Supervisor Cynthia Padilla Munoz for more information and eligibility questions at 510-584-3122 or
Diaper Kits and Relief Items Delivered to Grateful HPN Families
On August 13th, Hayward Promise Neighborhoods partners, including 4Cs of Alameda County, California State University East Bay, Alameda Public Health Department, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, and Tandem came together a second time to distribute COVID-19 relief bags and diaper kits. These diaper kits and relief bags were delivered to families in need within the south Hayward Promise Neighborhoods (HPN) footprint. With the help of 9 staff and volunteers, the team was able to help assemble and distribute diaper kits and relief bags. These items were individually delivered to HPN families while wearing face masks and practicing safe social distancing. In total, relief bags and diaper kits were delivered to 40 HPN families. Each family received diapers, baby wipes, and a resource bag complete with Census 2020 information, a children's book, Help Me Grow parent information, APHD safety guide information, and a $50 gift card to a local grocery store.
The distribution was an incredible team effort which ran safely and efficiently!
“Muchisimas gracias estoy agradecida y feliz por la ayuda. Dios me los bendiga acada uno de ustedes que se tomaron ese tiempo de traerlos anuestros hogares” HPN Parent
Translation: Thank you very much, I am grateful and happy for the help. God bless each one of you who took the time to bring them to our homes.
“Gracias por los pañales y todo la ayuda y esfuerzo que hacen por las familias de la comunidad Dios les multiplique” HPN Parent
Translation: Thank you for the diapers and all the help and effort you make for the families of the community. May God multiply blessings.
Help Me Grow is Here to Support Parents of Young Children
Help Me Grow Alameda County is a no-cost information and referral helpline for families and a valued partner of 4Cs of Alameda County. Help Me Grow specialists can answer questions parents may have about their children ages 0-5. No question is too big or too small. Help Me Grow will help by not only answering your questions but also by connecting you to a number of resources such as age appropriate activities, parenting classes, early intervention services etc. that will help support the well-being of your little ones.They believe in supporting each parent's journey in building a stronger early learning foundation for your child. While helping family's well-being they have supported over 15,000 families across Alameda County. Help Me Grow's Care Coordinators speak English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, and offer interpretation for other languages. All services are free and confidential.
Job Opportunities at 4Cs
Accounts Payable Specialist
Full-time, Hayward