December, 2018 - In This Issue:
From the Desk of Our Executive Director
In the blink of an eye, another year has gone by. While this past year at 4Cs has been full of celebrations and goodbyes, as I sit here counting down the days until the new year I am reminded of the thousands of lives positively impacted by 4Cs' staff and programs in 2018. With your help and support, 4Cs provided child care payment assistance to thousands of families who could otherwise not afford child care on their own including families facing homelessness and those with children in the foster care system. Hundreds of families were assisted monthly in their search for the right child care for their little ones as our resource and referral specialists walked them through what can be an overwhelming process. Hundreds of child care providers were given support and attended trainings, enhancing their skills and the quality of care. Others came to 4Cs to participate in our playgroups, attend community meetings and workshops, participate in our pilot diaper giveaway program, get their taxes prepared and filed for free, attend the Children's Faire, or register for CalFresh. No matter how you partnered with 4Cs of Alameda County in 2018, we are grateful for your support. Cheers to a happy, healthy, and equally productive 2019!    

Be Well,

Renee S. Herzfeld

P.S. Get an in-depth view of our 2018 programs and accomplishments by reading our 2018 Annual Report.
Play & Learn at 4Cs
Enrollment for Free Spring Playgroups Starting Now!

4Cs of  Alameda County is continuing Play & Learn , a free playgroup for little ones and their family, friend, and neighbor caregivers in 2019. Join us for mornings of fun and learning for children ages 0-5 years old and their caregivers; grandparents, aunts, uncles, other family members & friends. Prizes in every session & snacks provided! Register today and join us for one or all of the sessions in this 8-week series on Friday morning from 9:30-11:30am beginning February 22nd and ending May 3rd. Contact Ariana at arianao@4c-alameda.org or (510) 690-2159 to register.   
 
Playgroup Facilitators Wanted!

In 2019, 4Cs will be expanding our popular Play and Learn program and adding more sessions   in the community. We are looking for individuals who would like to become Playgroup Facilitators. Our facilitators will work with family, friend and neighbor caregivers and parents to support children's early learning and healthy development in a fun, interactive playgroup setting.

4Cs will provide additional training and support to individuals who bring the following strengths:
  • Experience and/or training in:
    • Caregiver/parent education and family support
    • Early learning and child development
    • Group facilitation
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Passion for working with families
   
If you or someone you know would be interested in exploring this opportunity with 4Cs' Team, please contact Sharyn McDavid at sharynm@4c-alameda.org or Celia Goetz at celiag@4c-alameda.org by January 10, 2019.
Hayward Promise Neighborhood Programming Now Enrolling
Perk for Newsletter Readers

4Cs of Alameda County is a partner agency of the Hayward Promise Neighborhood grant, funded by the federal Department of Education. Families with children ages 0-8 that live in the Jackson Triangle Neighborhood/South Hayward Neighborhood, or have children ages 0-8 that attend the HPN focus elementary schools (Tyrell, Ruus, and Glassbrook), are eligible for our 4Cs HPN programming. Please reference the map below and call 510-584-3105 or email Diana at  dianac@4c-alameda.org to see if you or your family members are eligible. The first 20 families who mention the 4Cs newsletter when enrolling in 4Cs HPN programming will receive a surprise gift!
 
Parent Promise Academy: Comprehensive 10 week parenting education and support program for parents with children ages 0-8 covering topics such as behavior, literacy, health, community resources, and more. Offered in alternating sessions in English and Spanish. Childcare, dinner, and class materials provided.
Location: Ruus Elementary School, 28027 Dickens Ave
Day/Time:  10 weekly classes, Thursdays, 5:30-8pm
Now enrolling!
English classes: Jan 17- March 21
Spanish classes: April 4- June 6
Call 510 -584 - 3105 or email dianac@4c-alameda.org

Toddler Play and Learn: Bilingual (English-Spanish) playgroup program with a trained facilitator for families with children ages 18 months to 4 years old who are not using formal child care or early learning programs. Once per week during the day for two hour sessions. Snack provided.
Location: Eden Youth and Family Center
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 10-12pm
Now enrolling for our January-March 2019 session
Call 510 -584 - 3105 or email dianac@4c-alameda.org
 
Family Navigation: Individualized, strength-based navigation services for families with children 0-8 years. Family navigator will schedule a consultation with families to discuss needs and provide referrals and connections to an array of programs and services.
Location: Family Navigator can meet at location most convenient to client
Day/Time: M-F, 9-4:30pm
Open Enrollment
Contact Lizbeth Gonzalez, 510 584 3133 or email lizbethg@4c-alameda.org
Support 4Cs Through the Holidays and Beyond
Shop, Donate, and Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteering is one of the most impactful ways to give back to 4Cs of Alameda County and 4Cs' VITA program is always looking for help. 4Cs VITA site is in need of tax preparers, VITA greeters, screeners, and translators. If you have 3-5 hours to spare per week on Thursday evenings, please contact Joni Chantigian, VITA Site Coordinator at (510) 690-2150 or vita@4c-alameda.org  to set up a VITA information meeting.    
4Cs is Hiring
Career Opportunities at 4Cs

Join our team of dedicated, energetic, and caring professionals. Click here to find out why 4Cs was recognized by the NonProfit Times as a " 2017 Best Nonprofits to Work." More opportunities at 4Cs are coming soon! Check our " Career Opportunities at 4Cs" webpage to stay up-to-date on available job openings.

Full-Time
Coordinator, Satellite Offices (Fremont & Hayward)
Executive Assistant (Hayward)

Part-Time
Special Event Teacher (Hayward & Southern Alameda County)

Consultant