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

As the Autumnal equinox passes by and nights begin to lengthen, sunny daytime hours to enjoy the outdoors become precious. With the pandemic still in full effect, wildfire smoke impacting the greater Bay Area most of the last month, the inevitable change of seasons here, and wetter weather just around the corner, parents and child care providers have found themselves asking many questions how best to stay safe while caring for ourselves and our little ones. 4Cs of Alameda County staff, and our colleagues in the Alameda County Emergency Response Team, are doing our best to help provide answers to many frequently asked questions from parents and child care educators and caregivers about what to do when COVID-19, poor air quality, and questionable weather intersect in the child care setting. Tools can be found on 4Cs' COVID Resource page, our agency's Facebook page, on Alameda County's Reopening Child Care Website, on Alameda County Public Health Department's COVID-19 Page for Child Care, Schools, and Colleges (including their most recent Guidance for Childcare Programs during COVID-19 and Poor Air Quality Conditions publication), and in the Health Heroes program described below. Of course, our Resource and Referral staff are standing by as well at (510) 582-2182 ext. 3198 to help navigate the latest in rules, regulations, and guidance keeping child care as safe for children, providers, and families as they can be during this unprecedented time. While we navigate this unique season of fall together, be sure to take care of yourself and your family and know that 4Cs is here to help.

Be well,

Renee S. Herzfeld
Executive Director
Resources and News
Census Completion Date Approaching Soon
La fecha de finalización del censo se acerca pronto
Census Updates
Get counted, the Census takes 10 minutes to complete and happens every ten years! There is still time 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 ten years. As of mid-September, Alameda County’s self-response rate is at 74.2%. In an effort to get a complete count by September 30, 2020 census takers continue to visit households who have not responded to the census.
There is still an opportunity to respond today online at or by phone at (844) 330-2020 or by mail.

If you have any questions or need assistance, call our 4Cs staff for questions at (510) 470-7322.

Actualizaciones del censo

¡Cuente, el censo tarda 10 minutos en completarse y ocurre cada diez años! Todavía hay tiempo 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. A mediados de septiembre, la tasa de respuesta propia del condado de Alameda era 74.2%. En un esfuerzo por obtener un recuento completo para el 30 de septiembre de 2020, los censistas continúan visitando los hogares que no han respondido al censo.

Todavía hay una oportunidad de responder hoy en línea o por teléfono al (844) 468-2020 o por correo.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda, llame a nuestro personal de 4Cs al (510) 470-7322.
4Cs Continues Supply Support for Licensed Providers
Are you a Child Care Provider?  
Do you need Cleaning Supplies? 
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? 
Is your Business located in: Ashland/Cherryland, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, or Union City? 

We are providing FREE basic supplies for childcare programs & providers  
 To schedule an appointment visit: 
Upcoming Free Virtual Playgroups
Free Virtual Play & Learn at 4Cs: Enrollment Now Open!
4Cs of Alameda County has started their new series of Play & Learn, a free virtual playgroup for little ones and their family, friend, and neighbor caregivers. Join us for mornings of fun and learning for children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers; grandparents, aunts, uncles, other family members & friends. Incentives and some activity materials will be provided. Caregivers might be eligible to receive a stipend, call us for more information. Register today and join us for one or all of the sessions in this 4-week series on Wednesday & Friday mornings from 11:00-11:30am. Contact Mary Beltran at or (510) 736-2747 to register.   
HPN Gears Up for Fall Play & Learn
Hello from the 4Cs Hayward Promise Neighborhoods (HPN) department! HPN successfully finalized its summer season with our Virtual Toddler Play and Learn program celebration in which parents shared learning experiences while children enjoyed interactive reading with each other and a joyous dance party. We look forward to uniting with future families ready to join the fun of early learning with us! 
During the shelter-in-place order, this bilingual program continues to focus on providing a virtual space for parents and caregivers to connect and to learn about raising healthy and happy children from 18 months to 4 years old, while focusing on preschool readiness and literacy. For information on future dates and eligibility questions view the event flier here or please call or email HPN Project Supervisor Cynthia Padilla Munoz at 510-584-3122 or
Health Heroes Program for Child Care Providers Enrolling Now
Would you like help keeping up with the changing CDC and County Public Health guidelines for child care centers and family child care?
Do you have questions about health & safety and the best ways to prevent the spread of infections in your child care sites?

The Alameda County Emergency Child Care Response Team has worked with Samuel Merritt University (SMU) School of Nursing to offer health and safety supports to open and planned re-opening licensed centers and family child care providers.

Under the supervision of a Registered Nurse Supervising Faculty Member, Two (2) SMU student nurses will be assigned per center or FCC.

  • The program runs in cohorts
  • Each cohort runs for 2-4 weeks
  • Onsite support visits 2-3 days per week (sites may also choose remote support via teleconferencing, phone, etc.)
  • 3-4 hours per visit

SMU student nurses will support child care providers and staff with current best practices regarding:
infection control CDC and Public Health guidelines, social distancing, and health practices.

For more information, please watch the Alameda County Child Care Health and Mental Health Supports Webinar Recording HERE.

For general inquiries, please contact:
Career Opportunities at 4Cs

Accounts Payable Specialist
Hayward Office

Family Resource Supervisor
Hayward & Oakland Offices
Resource & Referral
Inclusion Navigator
Hayward Office