March, 2019 - In This Issue:
From the Desk of Our Executive Director
We'll miss you, Angie!
In March we celebrate Women's History Month and, in the Early Care and Education field, there are too many women who have made a huge mark in our field to list here. From Maria Montessori to Marcy Whitebook to the 1.2 million child care professionals in the United States who identify as women, we are lucky to be lifted up and surrounded by strong, powerful, caring women. I would be remiss if I didn't recognize one of the women who has raised the ECE consciousness in Alameda County and, this March, is handing over to reigns to pursue a national position supporting child care. I met Angie Garling about 20 years ago when she began her role in the county as the Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Coordinator. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to oversee all of the county's work as it pertains to ECE. Angie's expertise, passion, and knowledge have far surpassed the confines of Alameda County. She is the go-to person for many ECE advocates and policy-makers statewide - and nationwide - to help them develop new, innovative approaches to making high quality child care equitable and accessible to all. Most recently, Angie's work was at the core of Measure A in Alameda County and Measure AA in Oakland. Angie's impact in the county and statewide has been incredible and, while her presence and perseverance will be missed, we wish her all the best in her next chapter as she joins other powerful woman making their mark in the nationwide effort for greater support for early care and education.
Be well,

Renee S. Herzfeld
Executive Director
4Cs' Opens Drop-off Tax Services in Oakland
Drop-off Available Mondays and Tuesdays Through April 8th

Free tax preparation and filing services are now available at 4Cs' Oakland office. If you make  less than $55,000 annually, bring in your tax documents and identification and our tax experts will prepare and file your taxes for free in 5 - 7 business days. For more information, and to be sure you're prepared with all documentation needed, visit the  4Cs VITA Tax Site Information Page .

Chantae Wilson
8105 Edgewater Drive
Suite 271
Oakland, CA 94621
17th Annual Children's Faire Approaching Fast
Save the Date: May 18, 2019 - 10am-1pm

4Cs of Alameda County's popular Annual Free Children's Faire is just around the corner and we invite you to join us for a day of fun for the whole family. In addition to joining us and bringing your neighbors, families, and friends, we are looking for supporters in the following areas:

Local performance groups: Does your child participate in a dance, vocal, band, or cultural arts group? We would love to have them join us on stage at the Children's Faire! Contact Katie at if their group wants to join us on stage for the Children's Faire.

Community Partners: Local nonprofit groups serving families with children are invited to host an informational booth. Spaces are limited and do fill up quickly. If your agency is interested, please contact Joni at

Sponsors or donors: The Children's Faire would not be possible without the support of donors and sponsors. View the Children's Faire Sponsor Letter HERE and Sponsor Form HERE for more information on how to support the 17th Annual Children's Faire. 

THRIVE Series Enrollment Open
Personal Transformation & Parenting Education Series for Parents 

Do you feel like stress has taken over your life? Feel overwhelmed with work, school, parenting, and trying to stay afloat? 4Cs of Alameda County has partnered with the incredibly engaging and empowering L ife C oach , Diedre Goree , to offer a free 10-week class series for all parents looking to relieve stress, strengthen their parenting skills, make social connections, and accomplish goals personally and professionally. The series is open to any parent and runs April 3rd - June 5th every Wednesday evening in the Oakland Office from 6:00-8:30pm. Free dinner & child care is provided. Space is limited and new families are welcome, however registration is required. Please call Chantae Wilson, Family Resource Coordinator at 510- 971-3372 to RSVP.

CalFresh Enrollment and Recertification at 4Cs
Don't go hungry! 4Cs can help you apply for CalFresh!

4Cs is proud to offer CalFresh enrollment assistance onsite. CalFresh is a Calfornia's  supplemental nutrition program and provides assistance for households to purchase food. Since 2014, 4Cs has connected over 400 families to the CalFresh program. The program uses an easy credit card format so that those who qualify can purchase food at retail stores and farmers markets - the average monthly amount clients receive is $149.79 per person! All U.S. citizens (except persons receiving SSI/SSP benefits) and Legal Permanent Residents are eligible. Additionally, eligibility depends on your monthly income, expenses, and number of people in household. Call us today for a prescreen! Staff speak English, Spanish, and Chinese. Contact our CalFresh Line at 510-584-3105.
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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.