From 4Cs
January 2020
A Note From Our Executive Director
Just like that, 2020 is upon us. A new year and new decade ushers in a very promising outlook for early care and education in Alameda County.
A couple of weeks ago, Governor Newsom announced his budget proposal for California. The governor continues to promise funds in the budget for access to quality early learning and support for families with young children. These increases include investments in a new Department of Early Childhood Development, CalWORKS Stages 2 and 3, facilities, trauma assessment, and more. You can view the full budget summary here.
While lawmakers in Sacramento analyze and update the proposed state budget before the May revise, here in Alameda County we are pushing ahead with an unprecedented ballot measure to support kids closer to home. Measure C: Care for Our Kids, formally titled the Children’s Health and Child Care Initiative for Alameda County, provides access for families to high quality child care and health care. I urge you to research this initiative (you can find more information and fact sheet at https://www.care4ourkids.org/) and head to the polls on March 3rd to vote for issues and candidates that uplift our families and children.

Be well,

Renee S. Herzfeld
Executive Director
News, Notes, and Announcements
Family, Friends, and Neighbor Gathering
Mark your calendars, and plan to spend your Saturday morning with us at 4Cs!
Our Family, Friend and Neighbor Gathering is on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10am – 12pm. We will distribute information and resources about child development, challenging behaviors, and health and nutrition. We will have activities for children 0-5 years, storytime and raffle prizes. For more information or to register contact Ariana Ortiz at 510-690-2159 or arianao@4c-alameda.org.
Free Tax Preparation and Filing at 4Cs Beginning January 30th
4Cs' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site opens for tax season on January 30th. Our tax professionals are here to prepare and file your taxes for free while keeping you informed of the most recent changes to tax law.
New tax changes this year: 
  • Good news! There is no health insurance penalties for tax year 2019. However, California is requiring health insurance for all starting January 1, 2020; this means next year if you don’t have health insurance you will have penalties to pay.
  • Changes in the tax law this year could increase your refund. California has a new Young Child Tax Credit for families with children 0-6 years of age. Ask our volunteers if you qualify.
4Cs' VITA Site is ready to help families or individuals making up to $56,000 annually with tax returns. 4Cs' VITA site opens on January 30, 2020 and runs through April 9, 2020 on Thursday evenings from 5pm-8:30pm. If Thursday nights don't work for your busy schedule, 4Cs' Hayward office has drop-off tax preparation services Monday through Thursday from 10am to 4pm and Fridays from 9am to 12pm. Bring in your tax documents and identification and we will prepare and file your taxes for free in 5-10 business days. For more information and to be sure you're prepared with all documentation needed, visit the link below.
Update from 4Cs' HPN Team
Happy New Year from the 4Cs' Hayward Promise Neighborhoods (HPN) department!! As we say good-bye to 2019, HPN kicks off 2020 with the launch of two HPN programs, Toddler Play and Learn and Parent Promise Academy.
Toddler Play & Learn: Toddler Play and Learn is scheduled to run from January 10 - February 28, 2020 in the Student Information & Assessment Center (SIAC). The bilingual play group consists of promoting early childhood social, physical, and emotional development for children 18 months to 4 years old. This program also focuses on preschool readiness and literacy. Please call or email HPN Project Supervisor Cynthia Padilla Munoz for more information and eligibility questions at 510-584-3122 or cynthiap@4c-alameda.org.
Parent Promise Academy: The Parent Promise Academy will have its debut day on January 23, 2020 in Glassbrook Elementary School from 5:00 – 7:30pm. This is the second session at Glassbrook Elementary school and will consist of the English Abriendo Puertas-Opening Doors curriculum. Get together with other parents in your community and learn the different stages of your children from 0-8 years old. There is still space for the Parent Promise Academy so don’t wait! Please call or email HPN Project Supervisor Cynthia Padilla Munoz for more information and eligibility questions at 510-584-3122 or cynthiap@4c-alameda.org.
2020 CalFresh Update
CalFresh, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), introduced new income guidelines for the 2019-2020 year. The new income guidelines will run from October 1st, 2019 - September 30th 2020. CalFresh also released their new logo back in July 2019 so be on the lookout. 4Cs of Alameda County continues to be an agency that assists families in applying for CalFresh. Already have a case? No worries, here at 4Cs we also assist with recertifications and semi-annual reports (SAR7). Reach out to CalFresh Specialists Lizbeth Gonzalez and Cynthia Padilla Munoz to be pre-screened or for more information regarding CalFresh at 510-584-3105 or calfresh@4c-alameda.org.
Census 2020: Children Ages 0-5 Matter!
Did you know that in the last census count almost one million young children were not counted? This was the largest age group of undercounted individuals. Ensuring every person is counted (including all children born on or after April 1, 2020) is critical in securing funding for important public resources that support the entire family. Wondering if you should count specific children you love or care for while filling out your own census this spring? Clink on the link below for answers to all of your frequently asked children-specific census questions and keep an eye out in your mailbox in mid-March for information on how you can complete the census for your household. 4Cs of Alameda County will also be taking an active role in getting families with young children counted by hosting a Census Questionnaire Assistance Center and informational workshops starting in March.
Child Care Providers: Go Green in 2020
Wondering how your program can become more sustainable? Join Alameda County’s Green Child Care Program! Becoming a member is simple and opens the door to hands on support and in-person consultations with the Early Care and Education Green Child Care Coordinator.
Through joining the Green Child Care Program, your facility would receive onsite support in the form of waste assessments, waste bins with lids, and in person lessons on sustainable best practices for staff and teachers, as well as age appropriate lessons for children ages 3-5 from Rocky the Recycling Raccoon. Access to our free compost, recycle, and landfill bins will make waste separation within the classroom easier for students as well as teachers, helping your facility divert waste from the landfill on a daily basis.
This FREE program has already engaged with over 154 sites over the past 8 years, reaching thousands of kids and teachers across Alameda County. To get involved, contact Lexi Oliva at Lexi.Oliva@acgov.org . Book a lesson and site consultation today!
$10,000 Home Improvement Grants for Family Child Care Homes
Are you a family child care owner operating in Alameda County? Have you had your home tested for possible lead contamination? The  Alameda County Healthy Homes Department Lead Poisoning Prevention Program   is looking to provide up to $10,000 to diminish lead presence on properties where little ones spend time. The grant program will pay for property owners to test for lead in paint, dust, and soil. Grants to address lead hazards can be up to $10,000 per housing unit. Alameda County will provide project management to ensure the work is done safely and properly. Eligible units need to be built before 1978 and low-income. The program is available for both rental and owner-occupied units. Together we can prevent lead poisoning and create safer and healthier homes!
Career Opportunities at 4Cs
Early Learning Communities Network Project Coordinator 
Hayward
Full-Time, Temporary
Special Events Teacher
Southern Alameda County
Part-Time

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