“To improve the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of early childhood education and care in the region so every child has a positive experience and a foundation for success in school and life.”
That’s 4C for Children’s mission statement. Before I joined 4C, I was a center director and was most familiar with the agency as one that trained early childhood professionals, so I knew they fulfilled their mission in that sense. What I didn’t know was how far 4C drives to carry it out regarding parents and families. Literally.
One of the reasons I joined 4C as a Family and Community Services Specialist almost a year and a half ago was that I wanted to reach parents on a broader scale than I had as a director. As the child care resource and referral agency for our region, our service areas covered 33 counties throughout Southwest Ohio, Miami Valley and Northern Kentucky. It’s so exciting to play a part in the important work 4C does to serve parents in all three of our regions, including providing referrals to parents seeking child care, educating parents on what to look for in a quality child care setting and presenting parent workshops on child development, kindergarten readiness and other parenting issues. Whenever I write a blog, present a workshop or help a parent, whenever I educate, equip or empower them, I get something for myself that I can apply to my own parenting.
But little worth having comes without a price. Though it’s a privilege to do this work, I know first-hand the amount of driving, mileage and wear and tear on a car that goes into serving parents across all three of our regions. And that’s why I’m asking you, not just as a professional, but as a parent who has benefited from the invaluable work 4C does, to vote TODAY for 4C for Children in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program. Winning the car would enable 4C to reach more parents and go even further distances to serve them. That’s a win-win. For 4C. And for parents.