The Impact Grant Committee was pleased to announce the winner of our 2020 $100,000 Impact Grant Award as 4C’s. Their Executive Director was overwhelmed with emotion and thankfulness. We were able to bring her into our ZOOM meeting live.
Following is an overview of the 4Cs, the child care crisis in Sonoma County, and how they plan to utilize the $100,000 grant.
Child Care is an industry in crisis. Before the Tubbs Fire of 2017, there were not enough child care slots to meet working parents’ needs. Overnight, Sonoma County lost fourteen child care programs. 4Cs and our partners have collaborated to rebuild and add capacity with small but significant strides being made. In March 2020, the COVID 19 Pandemic once again decimated the landscape. Currently, only 50% of licensed child care facilities are open with greatly reduced student capacity, and seventeen additional facilities have permanently closed – so far. What will child care look like after the Pandemic? 4Cs understands child care as an essential economic driver for our long term recovery: Parents Earning – Children Learning. Your Impact 100 Grant will expand the 4Cs Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP). Our five-week training session will be offered three times in the year in English and Spanish. The opportunity for 4Cs to expand our CCIP program will:
1) Increase the supply of child care in Sonoma County, creating better access
2) Generate small business opportunities for women of color in high need communities and
3) Provide quality early learning environments for children.
4Cs CCIP Expansion will recruit, train, and support 90 prospective family child care providers, provide incentives to reduce barriers, and track participant’s learning, completion, and license status, as well as child care slots, created. This investment by Impact 100 Redwood Circle will ensure that child care is here now and after the Pandemic. www.sonoms4cs.org