February, 2018 - In This Issue:
From the Desk of Our Executive Director
Tuesday, February 6th was a huge day for families with young children and child care providers in Alameda County. For months, policy makers, ECE experts, parents, caregivers, politicians, and advocates have been working tirelessly with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to place the Alameda County Child Care and Early Education Crisis Initiative on the ballot in June. The initiative would improve access and increase quality of early care and education, and increase wages for those caring for and teaching our youngest learners. On February 6th, hundreds of community members passionate about early care and education in Alameda County came together to express their support for the initiative at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Meeting. Dozens of supporters spoke up at the meeting, sharing their stories of struggle, triumph, and hope for their children and the little ones in their care. After a brief presentation, aforementioned speakers, and discussion by the Supervisors, approval of placing the measure on the June ballot was passed unanimously! Supervisors Chan, Valle, Miley, Haggerty, and Carson all expressed their support with an "aye" vote (you can see the moment of the vote and reaction by attendees here). 
While this vote was vital, the Board of Supervisors legally must hear and vote on the initiative one more time before it is an official ballot measure. Join us again on Tuesday, February 27th in Oakland for the critical final reading and vote. Follow our Facebook Page to stay abreast of the upcoming meeting times and location, we look forward to seeing you there! 
Be well,

Renee S. Herzfeld
Play & Learn
Popular Playgroup Begins in March

4Cs of Alameda County is bringing back Play & Learn, a playgroup for little ones and their  family, friend, and neighbor caregivers. Join us for m ornings 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 10-week series on Friday morning from 9:30-11:30am beginning March 2nd and ending May 11th (no playgroup on Friday, March 30th). Contact Ariana at arianao@ 4c-alameda.org or (510) 690-2159 to register.     
Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children
New Program Launches at 4Cs

4Cs of Alameda County is excited to announce that we will be working with Alameda County Social Services Agency to administer the state's new Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children. One of the top barriers for potential resource families seeking to take in a foster child is lack of access to child care. The Bridge Program will enhance the services we are currently providing to foster care families in Southern Alameda County, including increased child care payment support and a dedicated family navigator to help families access child care and other resources. Through the new program we will also be offering trauma informed care training and coaching to child care providers to help them meet the needs of foster children.
As we roll out this exciting new program, 4Cs is seeking a dynamic, collaborative and resourceful Family Navigator to join our Resource and Referral Family Services Team.The Family Navigator will work closely with families supported through the Emergency Child Care Bridge for Foster Children Program to provide individualized child care planning, referrals and resources.  To learn more about this unique opportunity, click here see our Family Navigator job announcement.
If you are a Foster parent looking for assistance in paying for your child care cost for your foster child(ren) please contact your Foster Care Worker at Alameda County Social Services Agency to determine if you are eligible for a referral to 4Cs.    
FREE Support for Potential, New, and Growing Family Child Care Programs
Child Care Initiative Project Now Enrolling
If you live in Fremont, Hayward, Union City, or unincorporated areas of Alameda County AND you meet current eligibility guidelines, you may be eligible for our Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP). Participants in this project receive individual coaching and consultation to help with completing the licensing application process and setting up your home environment or application assistance with licensing expansion. 

Participants also receive financial incentives, such as reimbursements for business startup costs, reimbursements for business costs, safety items, equipment, early education materials, and professional development costs.
Southern Alameda County needs more high quality child care programs - we need you!
Contact us to learn more:
Arlene Sandoval, English & Spanish, 510-584-3134 or  arlenes@4c-alameda.org
Iris Lin, Chinese, 510-584-3117 or irisl@4c-alameda.org
More information about the CCIP can be downloaded in EnglishSpanish, and Chinese.
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.