Mission: "To inspire our community to support the well-being of every child, and to improve the quality and availability of child care in Sonoma County."
Programs: Early care & education services:provided reduced cost or free child care to 1,746 eligible children through alternative payment and calworks programs. Provided preschool, early education and child care to over 858 children through 12 4cs operated high quality statefunded child development centers. Children enjoy daily activities supporting cognitive, language, social-emotional and physical development.
child health and nutrition department:provided $1,927,396 in reimbursements to child care providers who served 1,403,504 nutritious snack and meals to children in their care. Also provided home visits, support and trainings to child care providers in sonoma, marin and napa counties.
resource and referral department:provided 1,519 free child care referrals as well as information and referrals for other community resources. Provided 8,128 technical assistance calls from parents, child care providers and community members. Provided information to help parents select the best child care options for their children. Provided on going education for 778 child care providers/early educators. Provided up to date information and community resources to child care providers. Provided resources to preschool and child care programs by offering books, toys and training materials free for licensed child care providers or 4cs members.
When joining the Board I was new to the whole concept of needed child care services; it was something that I took for granted, that other people would take care of. My experience in working the 4C's has been life changing for me. I don't wnat to 'over-dramatize' the issue but I now believe that the whole concept of child care needs to be at the top of all funding lists, especially State and ofther government funding sources. I attribute my awareness to the 4C organization itself and all its management and staff members.
Over the past year we have added several new board members who are professiionals from different fields, i.e., medical doctors, hispanic chamber, personnel services. These new members have helped to add strength and depth to the organization.
4C's is one of the best run organizations that I have ever had the privilege to be a part of.