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Maintaining Peace and Joy Through the Holiday Season

December 5, 2017

The holidays are filled with activity and fun for families. Unfortunately for many of us, stress can threaten the peace and joy that are central themes to the very holidays we are celebrating. This is often true for adults but can also affect children. There is the hustle and ...

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4C for Children Hires New CFO

December 4, 2017

4C for Children, the region's premier resource for high-quality early childhood education and care, announces the addition of Chad Nieter as Chief Financial Officer. Nieter will oversee the agency's financial planning and reporting and grants compliance. Nieter brings proven executive leadership experience at three non-profits in Greater Cincinnati as the ...

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4C Collaborates to Promote Upward Mobility of Single Moms

November 13, 2017

Single mothers have many tasks to juggle each day as they work to provide for their children. But one essential task—advancing their early childhood education career to gain full-time employment—has been made easier through a collaborative effort among 4C for Children, Brighton Center, Children, Inc. and Northern Kentucky Community Action ...

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4C Empowers Early Childhood Leaders

November 10, 2017

Cindy Wooten sees the potential not only in children she serves as director of the YMCA Early Learning Center in Roselawn, but also in the teachers she supervises. “We have a responsibility as leaders to inspire and encourage our future leaders,” she says. Cindy believes that there is always room ...

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Healthy Family

Healthy Eating for the Whole Family!

October 30, 2017

Nutrition is one of the critical building blocks that helps children grow up healthy and strong. Just like adults, children need a balance of nutrients for optimal functioning and health. But what does good nutrition for kids look like and how can parents ensure that children are eating the right ...

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4C Announces June Sciarra Award Recipient

October 13, 2017

Congratulations to Cindy Wooten, recipient of this year's 4C for Children June Sciarra Early Childhood Leadership Award! Cindy has been an early childhood professional for more than 30 years and is currently the director at the five-star rated YMCA Early Learning Center-Valley program located in Roselawn. The June Sciarra Early ...

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Happy Child

How to Raise a Resilient Child

October 3, 2017

Research shows that long-term exposure to stress can change both the structure and the function of the brain. In a society where even our youngest members are bombarded with stress and trauma, resiliency—or the ability to bounce back from hardships—has become critically important. At its core, resiliency is about counteracting ...

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4C Announces Champions for Children

September 19, 2017

4C for Children will honor Father Michael Graham, S.J., and Diane Jordan-Grizzard as Champions for Children. Both will be celebrated at the 12th annual Champions for Children Gala to be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at JACK Cincinnati Casino. “For more than a decade, 4C has celebrated the people ...

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4C Hires New Strategic Director of Quality Programs

September 7, 2017

Emilie Meyer has been named 4C for Children's Quality Programs Strategic Director.She will focus on increasing quality in early childhood programs and delivery of professional development training and coaching for child care providers in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky regions. She will also provide vision for and oversee a collection ...

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Child Care

Quality Matters! Choosing the Best Child Care Option for Your Child

September 6, 2017

At some point most parents will have to leave their child or children in the care of another person. Choosing the right person can be one of the most challenging decisions a parent will make. There are many factors to consider when choosing child care: the age of the child ...

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Special Friday Evening Events Planned for 4C Conference

August 31, 2017

Fostering resiliency in children means teaching coping skills that will help them through life's ups and downs and this begins by fostering resiliency in yourself. Most of your days are spent taking care of others----children, family or your program. But you can't do those things successfully if you don't take ...

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Play And Learn

4C Play & Learn Program Expands Again!

August 30, 2017

The 4C for Children Play & Learn program is expanding to four new Ohio and Kentucky communities. Parents and children living in Dayton, Ky., and Hamilton, Eaton and Xenia, Ohio, will now have access to the program that helps promote learning through play and exploration. Currently 4C facilitates 18 groups ...

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Helping Kids Get Kindergarten Ready, One Child Care Provider at a Time

August 14, 2017

On a cold winter morning, Missy Harris walks into a room of preschoolers celebrating a birthday. She’s greeted by a multitude of hands covered with red icing reaching out for hugs. She gathers them up and laughs. “Welcome to a typical day for a child care provider,” she says.As director ...

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Building Healthy Habits, One Child at a Time

August 7, 2017

“Where does milk come from?”“A cup.”Children in Angela Lyshe-Thierry’s neighborhood don’t meet many cows or get to observe fields that grow the produce they eat being plowed, planted and harvested. There isn’t even a neighborhood grocery store where they can go to see a colorful variety of fresh fruits and ...

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Encourage Perseverance

Teaching Your Child Not to Quit

August 2, 2017

How many times have you heard your child say, "This is too hard" or "I can't do it"? Have you seen your child become frustrated and give up on a task or activity because he can't figure it out? Perseverance is the willingness to keep on trying. Teaching and encouraging ...

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Breaking Down Child Care Barriers, One Family at a Time

August 1, 2017

A gift from heaven.That’s how U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Christine Carter of Dayton describes having a child care provider in place to care for her special needs son and give respite to her family.“It’s so hard to find someone who you can trust to watch your special needs child,” ...

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Grandfather And Grandson

The Importance of Kinship Caregivers

July 6, 2017

In the United States there are currently more than 2.7 million children being raised by relatives, especially by grandparents. This number seems to grow daily due to the overwhelming challenges in today’s society. Many grandparents and other relatives have taken over the care of children because of substance abuse, incarceration, ...

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4C for Children Announces New Roles and Promotions

June 20, 2017

4C for Children, a child care resource and referral agency headquartered in Cincinnati, is pleased to announce the new roles of five of its staff members. “We are very lucky to work with such a talented group of individuals and I am thrilled to announce the following promotions and new ...

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Nuturing Our Community: 2016 Annual Report

June 13, 2017

Now more than ever, 4C for Children is focused on leveling the playing field for children in our community so that every child receives the care and learning they need to be successful in school and life. With the help of our supporters, we are making a difference—one child, ...

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Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating Benefits the Entire Family!

June 7, 2017

Starting healthy eating habits at a young age has some great long-term effects for children that includes supporting growth and physical development. It’s recommended that families “focus on making healthy food and beverage choices from all five food groups including fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy” to get the ...

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New trustees elected to 4C for Children Board

May 11, 2017

Three new members were elected to 4C for Children's Board of Trustees at the agency's May 8 board meeting. They join 20 continuing members of the board who are helping further 4C's efforts to support the adults who care for young children and to advocate for public support for quality ...

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ASQ: ‘A great help to this first-time mom’

May 9, 2017

When Tricia discovered that her happy, healthy 9-month old baby had a slight developmental delay, she was surprised. Her daughter seemed to be achieving developmental milestones such as mimicking different sounds and babbling “mama” and “dada,” recognizing strangers, crawling and beginning to pull herself up to a standing position. After ...

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Blended Family

Succeeding As A Blended Family

May 3, 2017

It wasn’t so long ago a typical family was described as a mom and dad with 2.5 children. Now there are so many more possible family types, including “blended families.” Today 4 in 10 new marriages include at least one partner who was married before, so adults and children are ...

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Working everyday to create better outcomes for our children

May 2, 2017

Dr. Peter Margolis and Myrita Craig have a shared passion for working to create better outcomes for children in the community and to move the needle on issues that impact the holistic wellness of children—both in their professional lives and through their community involvement. As a professor of pediatrics and ...

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Parent Source April

Single parenting: The challenges and the joys!

April 3, 2017

Single parent. The phrase may conjure up many images in our minds, perhaps of a young mother with children who may be struggling to balance the demands of solo parenting. While that can be the reality in many cases, the face of single parenting has changed in recent years. There ...

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Parent Source March 2017

Helping Children Gain Independence

February 28, 2017

If you ask most parents what they ultimately want to see when they look at their grown children, the common response is that the children become competent adults who are self sufficient, no longer relying on their parents for physical support. Children’s quest for independence begins in infancy and grows ...

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Kindergarten Readiness Program Expands to Dayton

February 28, 2017

4C for Children's Play & Learn groups are expanding into the Dayton Metro region beginning March 17. The new Dayton group will meet at the Trotwood Branch of the Dayton Metro Library on the first and third Friday of every month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. "We are excited to ...

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Parent Source Feb 2017

What's Your Love Language?

January 31, 2017

February is the month many of us celebrate the love we have for others by giving cards, candy, and flowers. Did you know there are many different ways we can express our love and many ways others can receive our love? Gary Chapman, the author of The Five Love Languages ...

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4C Hires Strategic Director for Quality Programs

January 30, 2017

Lisa Babb of Springboro, Ohio, has been hired as the strategic director for quality programs in 4C for Children's Miami Valley office located in Dayton. Among the tasks Babb will be responsible for in her new position include developing a strategic vision and plan for quality early childhood programming, identifying ...

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Sallie Westheimer

Former 4C President/CEO Appointed to Preschool Promise Board

January 26, 2017

Sallie Westheimer, former president/CEO of 4C for Children, is one of 15 parents, educators, preschool providers, business leaders and community leaders named to the board of directors that will lead the implementation of the Preschool Promise in Cincinnati. Westheimer retired in 2015 after 35 years of leading 4C for Children. ...

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Quality Family Time

Resolve to Spend Quality Time as a Family

January 5, 2017

The winter holidays provide opportunities for families to get together with extended family members, make time for special outings or engage in favorite holiday traditions. It's also a time when parents are able to spend extra time with children who are home from school on winter break. The new year ...

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