4Cs offers myriad training opportunities for licensed family child care providers, parents, exempt-providers, individuals interested in becoming a child care provider, center staff, and community members. These trainings are part of our child care capacity building and retention program called the Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP). Trainings are held on weeknights and weekends, as well as during the day. To find out specific training topics and dates please visit the Trainings section of the website, as well as our calendar.
Resource & Toy Lending Library
The Toy and Resource Library is available to licensed and license- exempt child care providers in Sonoma County, and to community members of 4Cs. As children move through different stages of development, the library enables parents and providers to continually bring new and developmentally appropriate materials into the home. Some of the items that are available to borrow include puzzles and games, children's books, a variety of building and dramatic play props, trikes, infant and toddler toys, and activity kits. There is also a wealth of resources available for providers and parents, including but not limited to activity ideas, child development materials, health and safety information, working with children with special needs, and information to help child care providers run a quality and successful program.
Library Hours: Thursday 8:30am - 3:30pm or by appointment
Child Care Referrals
4Cs Resource and Referral department maintains a database of all licensed family child care homes, licensed child care centers, and exempt child care centers in our service area. We provide lists- free of charge- of child care providers to families looking for child care based on their stated needs or requests. We provide referrals; we do not make recommendations. We can not guarantee the quality of the providers in our files, and we strongly encourage parents to visit facilities, interview the provider, check references, and review the provider file at Community Care Licensing (707) 588-5026, before making the decision to leave the child in care. We update the provider files quarterly in order to have current information to provide to families looking for care.
Our referral lines are open Monday-Friday from 8:30am - 4:45pm. If you are a parent/guardian looking for child care or you are a provider who needs to update your file, please call (707) 544-3077, or after hours leave a message at (707) 522-1413 x131
4Cs contracts with businesses and/or other agencies to provide child care referrals to their staff members and/or clients. To provide an enhanced referral our referral counselors make additional phone calls to providers to guarantee their vacancies and ability to care for the particular child in question before the list of providers is sent out.
Resource & Referral counselors provide technical assistance over the phone and in person to parents, child care providers, and the general public. Information includes but is not limited to the following: choosing quality child care; how to become a licensed child care provider; Sonoma County child care statistics; caring for children with special needs; applying for mini-grants/stipends; finding mother's support groups, advocacy groups, or provider groups; community resources; designing the child care environment; health and safety issues, and much more.
If you have a child care question - we can help!
Trustline is the California registry of in-home child care providers who have passed a background screening. All caregivers listed with Trustline have been cleared through a fingerprint check of records at the California Department of Justice. This means they have no disqualifying criminal convictions or substantiated child abuse reports in California. It is invaluable information. Trustline uses the most up-to-date and detailed databases at the California Department of Justice and the FBI to protect children. Trustline is continually updated and caregivers who have committed a disqualifying crime are removed.
Child Care Food Program
Our child care food program, or Child Health and Nutrition program, reimburses licensed family child care providers for healthy meals and snacks that are served to the children.