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Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Wins 4C Youth Award!

December 9, 2016

The Starbound Stewart Project, an afterschool dance program initiated and led by Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA) seniors Meghan Lawlor and Morgan Renners, has been awarded 4C for Children's Champions for Children: the Next Generation Award. The award honors high school students in grades 9-12 who are taking action on ...

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Family Tradition

The Importance of Family Traditions

December 7, 2016

As we move into the thick of the holiday season, many families will take part in religious, cultural and community traditions associated with this time of year. What do our children learn from these traditions, and why are they important? A tradition is an activity that is repeated again and ...

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Four Stars

High-Quality Child Care: It’s All About the Kids!

November 30, 2016

Northside resident Michelle Baggett has a knack for seeing a need and working to fill it. She began her career in education as a tutor and when family members expressed the need for daily child care for their children, she didn’t just volunteer to babysit; she took classes to learn ...

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Stress

Children and Toxic Stress

November 2, 2016

Our stress response system is set up to protect us from harm when our well-being is threatened. Many of us have been in situations when we felt unsafe, which resulted in a rush of adrenaline. This may have caused our heart rate to increase and our awareness of surroundings to ...

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Issue 9: Making Preschool a Reality for Montgomery County Families

October 13, 2016

Meredith Lavey sees everyday how the Montgomery County Preschool Promise is impacting parents and children living in Northwest Dayton and Kettering. For instance, when she told a parent that she was eligible for $500 of monthly tuition assistance, the woman burst into tears and kept asking Meredith to double check ...

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Child And Caregiver

The Importance of Quality Early Learning Experiences

October 5, 2016

When it comes to choosing an early care and education setting for your infant, toddler or preschooler, there are lots of factors to take into consideration. Do you want center-based care, a licensed family child care provider, or a relative, friend or neighbor? What hours of care will you need? ...

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Play And Learn2016

Play & Learn: Kindergarten Readiness Program Expanding

September 28, 2016

The 4C for Children Play & Learn program is expanding this September to four new Ohio and Kentucky communities. Parents and children living in Williamstown, Ky., and Goshen, Lebanon and Westwood, Ohio, will now have access to the program that helps promote learning through play and exploration. Currently 4C facilitates ...

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CPS FOR 44

4C for Children Board of Trustees Endorses Levy

September 26, 2016

At its September meeting, the 4C for Children Board of Trustees voted unanimously to endorse the joint levy venture between Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) and Cincinnati Preschool Promise.The levy—Issue 44—is a five-year, 7.93-mill levy to support k-12 education at CPS and preschool expansion throughout the city. Of the total $48 ...

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4C Seeks Applicants for High School Youth Award

September 7, 2016

4C for Children will once again honor "Champions for Children: The Next Generation" with its sixth annual youth award. The award celebrates a high school project led and implemented by students in grades 9-12 who are taking action on behalf of children—locally or abroad. Criteria for Application: High school ...

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Stressed Out Mom

Stress Management for Parents

September 7, 2016

What images come to mind when you hear or read the word “stress”? Some may reflect on challenges, transitions or difficult times in their lives. Others may connect stress with something amazingly wonderful like the birth of a baby or the purchase of a new home.Stress was defined, according to ...

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2017 Champions For Children

4C Announces Champions for Children

August 12, 2016

4C for Children has chosen Stephanie Byrd and Steve Shifman as this year's Champions for Children. Both will be honored at the 11th annual Champions for Children Gala to be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel. Stephanie Byrd is executive ...

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Family Routine

Routines and School Success

August 3, 2016

Routines are the foundation of family life. Established routines and schedules give children a sense of control and help develop self discipline, both of which lead to school success. With the onset of a new school year, establishing routines will help the family save time and be more organized. And ...

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Juliewitten 2016

4C Names New Vice President to Executive Team

July 26, 2016

Julie Witten has been named 4C for Children's vice president for quality programs, a new executive leadership position within the agency. A 4C employee since 2004, she has served as director for Kentucky services out of 4C's Covington office for the past six years.Witten's focus will be helping create greater ...

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Reading Together

Preventing Summer Slide: What Parents Can Do to Help

July 7, 2016

Summer learning may make most of us think of kids sweating through remedial classes, trying to catch up so they will be ready for the next school year. And, the kids who didn’t attend summer school have the summer off, returning to school in the fall feeling refreshed and ready ...

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4C School Readiness Work Continues

June 7, 2016

Based on the success of a Literacy Celebration event at Sayler Park Elementary School last year, WCPO once again reached out to Lisa Garofalo, school and community manager at 4C for Children, to facilitate a similar donation in Butler County this year. WCPO, the Cincinnati ABC affiliate, contacted 4C after ...

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Family Time

Technology and Family Connections

June 1, 2016

Being a parent in this day and age means being a soldier in the seemingly never-ending battle to get your kids to put down the electronics and focus on real life from time to time. Television, smart phones, gaming systems, computers and tablets—there is always a device competing with you ...

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Newtrustees 2016

New Trustees Elected to 4C for Children Board

May 10, 2016

Three new members were elected to 4C for Children's Board of Trustees at the agency's May 9 annual meeting. They join 21 continuing members of the board who are helping further 4C efforts to support the adults who care for young children and to advocate for public support for quality ...

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Self Care Mom

Self Care Isn't Selfish

May 4, 2016

While parenting is full of joyful moments, the day-to-day responsibilities and decisions of raising children can be demanding, exhausting and stressful. Stress can affect your body, thoughts, feelings and behavior. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones and increasing your heart and breathing rates while your brain is getting ...

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Parent And Child

Quality Child Care's Role in Workforce Development

April 27, 2016

4C for Children is among the child care resource and referral agencies working with the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute to bring national attention to the issues related to supporting the child care needs of low-income parents who are striving to improve their own education and training. As part of this ...

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Character Strengths

Character Strengths in Children

April 6, 2016

What makes children happy throughout their lives? Is it indulging them with material things and giving in to all demands or is it helping them recognize character strengths within themselves? Knowing and cultivating character strengths allows individuals to shine. Character strengths are defined as positive qualities that are mirrored in ...

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KY Kids Need Your Support

Kentucky Children Need Your Support!

March 30, 2016

The Kentucky House and Senate budget conference committee is meeting NOW to decide how the Commonwealth of Kentucky will invest state resources for the next two years.It is critical that they hear from Kentucky residents about the importance of investing in high-quality child care and preschool for young children and ...

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'The Power of Preschool: Cincinnati' to Focus on the Importance of Early Education

February 24, 2016

Can access to quality preschool make a difference in the life of a child or the future of a community? Clyde Gray hosts The Power of Preschool: Cincinnati, a look at the concept of universal preschool, how other cities have successfully mounted initiatives, and what a Preschool Promise program could ...

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Openhouse

4C for Children Cincinnati Office Open House: You’re Invited!

February 18, 2016

On March 16, 2016, 4C will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. to celebrate our Central Office’s new location in Norwood, Ohio! Everyone is welcome to stop by and tour our new office and training spaces, learn about 4C’s work and see how our new space is helping us ...

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Urban Institute

Bridging the Gap

February 4, 2016

4C President/CEO Vanessa Freytag is among those invited by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute to take part in the Bridging the Gap Project. The project is trying to better understand the challenges and success of serving parents at the intersection of improving their own education and training while meeting the ...

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Nominations Being Accepted for June Sciarra Early Childhood Leadership Award

January 21, 2016

The June Sciarra Early Childhood Leadership Award was created by 4C in 2012 to recognize and honor individuals who have made a difference in the lives of young children and families. It is presented annually to one child care program administrator for outstanding service on behalf of young children and ...

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Tracy Carter

4C Hires New Vice President for Agency Development

January 5, 2016

4C for Children has hired Tracy Carter as the agency's new Vice President for Agency Advancement. Carter will fill the position beginning Jan. 13. This region's leading resource in early education and care for more than 40 years, 4C supports and educates the adults who care for young children at ...

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