History of 4Cs
Much has changed since the Community Child Care Council was created in 1972 by a group of child care advocates. What has remained constant is that 4Cs has been a source of comfort and well-being for Sonoma County families. From modest beginnings, 4Cs has grown to a multi-million dollar non-profit organization, serving thousands of families each year. Today it is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the County with a staff numbering well over 100 employees. The services now provided by 4Cs benefit everyone: children, parents, child care providers and the business community.
In its early years the agency was funded through memberships and a small program training teachers for child care centers. Shortly afterwards trainings were included to support child care providers. Resource and Referral was established to help the increasing number of parents who needed child care as more and more mothers, married and single alike, began entering the work force.
In 1976 the Child Care Food Program (now Child Health and Nutrition) began with 10 homes and a desire to ensure the health of children in child care through nutritious meals. CHN now works with hundreds of licensed child care providers, still with the same goal of ensuring healthy, well-fed children. The Voucher Program started with one small contract. Today this program provides financial assistance to many hundreds of working families of limited incomes, while ensuring their children are cared for with providers of the parents' choice. In 1989 4Cs took on six child care centers. This was the beginning of our Child Development Services Division, now a part of ECES (Early Care and Education Services) serving hundreds of income-eligible families throughout the County. In October of 2004 we opened our eleventh child development center Paulin Creek.
The organization is proud of the work it has done for so many families throughout the years, and equally proud of the fact that many other successful organizations have spun from programs begun here, programs such as Extended Child Care Coalition, Sonoma County Respite Services, and Community Resources for Children in Napa County.
Undoubtedly, much will also change in the years to come. What will remain is the basic foundation: 4Cs is about supporting children and families.