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

As the air turns crisp and sweater weather greets us, November ushers in cooler weather and the season of giving and appreciation. This past year has been one of ebbs peaks and valleys for many of us, our families, our community, and the country as a whole. As we embrace the changes upon us, I would be remiss if I didn't look back on this past year with pride for all of the work our staff here at 4Cs of Alameda County has done, and the generosity of our donors, to make sure that the families and child care providers that we serve are provided what they need to thrive. We recently released our 2020 Impact Report and the reminder of all of our work and dedication to our community in FY 19-20. The number of families and child care providers that we served pre-pandemic and in the past few months is incredible and the need for services and support by our clients - from child care to basic necessities - grows exponentially by the day. I hope that you can join us on Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving this year on December 1st, as we celebrate our supporters and share stories of those that your donations help serve. Please visit https://www.4calameda.org/givingtuesday to see how you can help us uplift children, families, child care providers, and our community members this Giving Tuesday because caring for kids is essential.

Be well,

Renee S. Herzfeld
Executive Director
Resources and News
Hayward Fifth Grader's Generosity Shines
The Hayward Promise Neighborhoods team at 4Cs, along with other HPN partner agencies, have been hearing from families in Hayward about their need for diapers and essential supplies since the onset of COVID-19. Since March, three diaper and resource distributions have occurred in the South Hayward area due to this great need. This effort to assist families caught the attention of Daniela Duenas, a 5th grader from Longwood Elementary School. Daniela asked her followers from her social media account to donate money, diapers, or wipes to make families' holidays a little better this year. Her followers followed through and she was able to raise $500 worth of gift cards, diapers, baby wipes, and baby formula. Daniela and her mom were so kind to drop off the generous donations at 4Cs Hayward office where our HPN staff embraced their generosity and kindness. 4Cs and partner agencies, and the families in need of these critical supplies, are grateful for Daniela's generosity and incredible effort to support 4Cs families. At such a young age, and she is stepping up to be a leader in her community.

If you are interested in donating in-kind items to support 4Cs of Alameda County's families, please contact Jeanette at jeanettec@4c-alameda.org. Diapers and wipes especially are always welcome.
Registration Open: Free Virtual THRIVE Series for Parents
All parents are welcome to join us for FREE online parenting empowerment and education series: Parenting During COVID-19, Part 2 with Life Coach Diedre Goree from If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes Life Coaching. This series, presented on select Tuesdays in November, December, and January from 7pm-8:30pm via Zoom, is an opportunity to refocus on yourself, your family, and give you tools to navigate these uncertain times. A $25 gift card will be awarded to an attendee each session.
 
Dates: November 17th, December 1st & 8th, and January 12th & 19th
When: Select Tuesday Evenings from 7pm-8:30pm 
Where: Via Zoom
Register: By clicking on the links to the corresponding classes below or visiting https://www.4calameda.org/parents/communitycloset

Guidance for Providers Interested in Caring for School-Age Children
Are you a provider looking for more information on how to serve school-age children in your program? The Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council has developed an overview of Community Care Licensing (CCL) licensing and waiver requirements for providers. Click here to view: ‘Child Care for School-Age Children During COVID-19: Licensing & Waiver Requirements”.
Save the Date: Upcoming 4Cs Parent Cafés
4Cs Virtual Parent Cafés are a time for parents to connect with others and relax. We are excited to present two upcoming free Parent Cafés. The first will be offered for Spanish-speaking parents and will focus on Mental and Emotional Vitality, centering around the health and well-being of your mind. The second Parent Café will be offered in English and focus on Spiritual Vitality where the discussion will be on having and maintaining a positive mindset for successful outcomes during these challenging times. We welcome all to join us for these open, facilitated conversations.

Upcoming Parent Cafés are:
Mental & Emotional Vitality (Spanish) Tuesday, December 15th 2pm-3pm 
Spiritual Vitality (English) Thursday, December 17th 2pm-3pm 


Please contact Lizbeth at lizbethg@4c-alameda.org or Alyssa at alyssac@4c-alameda.org for more information or to register. Meeting links will be provided upon registration. We will also be offering incentives to participating registered families. 
From the VITA Desk: What's New for the 2020 Tax Season
4Cs Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site is going virtual for the 2021 tax filing season and we are currently looking for volunteers to volunteer virtually and help with tax preparation and filing in the new year. Volunteer opportunities range, however 4Cs is especially in need of bilingual volunteers (Cantonese, Mandarin, and/or Spanish) as well as those willing to be trained and help as tax preparers. No experience is necessary and all training is provided. Visit https://earnitkeepitsaveit.org/volunteer/ to find out more information about volunteer opportunities and send us an email to VITA@4c-alameda.org if you are interested.

If you need assistance with free tax preparation and filing, be sure to check our VITA webpage as the new year approaches - it will be updated with more information about our virtual tax filing services as it becomes available.
Reminder for Child Care Providers: Needs Assessment Survey
Recordatorio para Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil: Encuesta de Evaluación de las Necesidades de Cuidado Infantil
給托兒人員的提醒:需求評估重要問卷調查
The Alameda County Early Care and Education Program Local Planning Council and First 5 Alameda County are conducting a Child Care Needs Assessment, which is required by the state and due December 2020. The report provides data on the county’s demographic information and child care supply, demand, and costs as well as family and child care provider needs. We will share the report with the ECE field, including providers, policy makers, advocates, philanthropists, and more. CLICK HERE to fill out the brief survey. Please fill out the survey by November 20th.  
Complete the survey for the chance to win a $100 gift card! 10 providers will be randomly selected for completing the survey.


El Consejo de Planificación Local del Programa de Educación y Cuidado Temprano del Condado de Alameda y los Primeros 5 del Condado de Alameda están llevando a cabo una Evaluación de las Necesidades de Cuidado Infantil, este es un requisito del estado y debe presentarse en Diciembre del 2020. El informe proporciona datos sobre la información demográfica del condado y la oferta y demanda y los costos de cuidado infantil, así como las necesidades de la familia y el proveedor de cuidado infantil. Compartiremos el informe con el campo de ECE, incluidos proveedores, formuladores de normas, defensores, filántropos y más. HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para completar la breve encuesta. Complete la encuesta antes del 20 de Noviembre. 
¡Complete la encuesta para tener la oportunidad de ganar una tarjeta de regalo de $ 100! Se seleccionarán 10 proveedores al azar por completar la encuesta.


阿拉米達縣早期照及教育計畫地方規劃委員會及阿拉米達First 5正在進行托兒需求評估,且因規定必須於202012月完成。此報告提供了本縣人口統計資訊及托兒供應、需求和成本以及家庭和托兒人員的需求。我們會與幼兒保育及教育領域,包括托兒人員、決策者、支持者、慈善家等分享這份報告。點擊這裡填寫這份簡短問卷。請在1115日前完成問卷。  
完成問卷就有機會獲得$100禮物卡!我們會隨機抽出10位的幸運兒。
4Cs Holiday Hours and How to Reach Us
4Cs of Alameda County offices will be closed for the holidays on:
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Friday, December 25, 2020
Friday, January 1, 2021

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 info@4c-alameda.org.
Upcoming Virtual Training for Providers
12/19/2020, 9am-noon
Presenter: Silvia Bonilla
COVID-19 has changed the way providers view their classroom and curriculum. How can you create curriculum that maintains the fun and engaging while keeping children healthy and safe? Join this virtual training where you will take a fresh look on social distancing in the classroom!
This training will explore:
  • How to explain social distancing to children
  • Ideas on how to maintain socialization and active learning during social distancing
  • Strategies on how to modify the physical environment
  • How to modify activities to keep children healthy and engaged
Career Opportunities at 4Cs
Child Care Services Specialist,
Family Services
Full-time
Oakland Office
On-Call Maintenance Technician
On-Call
Oakland & Hayward Offices