Leading the way to quality early education and care
Preschool Promises Coming to Dayton and Cincinnati
Quality preschool is on the way to 600 four-year-olds in Montgomery County this fall. And Cincinnati voters will be asked to ensure quality early learning for preschool-age children with a vote on Nov. 8. 4C for Children will be the engine behind both of these Preschool Promise initiatives. 4C’s Miami Valley office will add four staff to make sure the Montgomery County Preschool Promise is up and running this fall. Additional staff will also be added in the Cincinnati office once a ballot initiative is passed and details of the Cincinnati Preschool Promise are finalized.
The Business Side of Child Care—a New 4C Focus
Too many child care programs—even quality-rated ones—close because they can’t make financial ends meet. Building on a 2014 grant, 4C developed a systematic plan to instill best business practices into child care programs. The first step was to train 4C coaches to raise financial issues with the programs they visit and identify financial problems before they result in closures. Units on best business practices were integrated into 4C’s year-long Developing Early Childhood Leaders Seminar in 2015 and into a special coaching to quality project in Northern Kentucky funded by United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Building on these efforts, 4C developed a five-session 12-hour training in best business practices with follow-up coaching. This training and coaching will be offered in the Miami Valley thanks to funding from Dayton-area foundations.
Getting Kids—and Parents—Ready for School
More than 300 kindergartners and their parents in 10 Cincinnati Public Schools were better equipped to start school last August thanks to 4C school readiness events. Over the summer 4C’s Ready. Set. School! programs allowed incoming kindergartners to spend time with their teachers and become familiar with school-day routines—including the school bus ride. Parents had the chance to meet with school staff or a 4C parent specialist to learn more about school expectations. 4C distributed 300 My First Homework
Boxes and 300 backpacks—each filled with supplies to help parents help their kindergartners at home.