From the Executive Director Sum09

Friends of 4-C,

On May 21st, 4-C celebrated the groundbreaking of our new building with a Construction Launch and Capital Campaign Kickoff ceremony! Thank you to those who were able to celebrate this monumental event with us. The rain stayed away and we were fortunate to celebrate amidst an array of sunshine.

The ceremony was a time for us to revisit the history of 4-C and was extremely motivating as we move into the future. We were honored to have Reggie Bicha, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families; Kathleen Falk, Dane County Executive; and Mark Clear, City of Madison Common Council Member all speak on behalf of the critical work being done by 4-C in southern Wisconsin. We are thankful for the continued support and advocacy for quality early care and education from our local government representatives.

May 21st also launched the 4-C Capital Campaign, which will allow 4-C to bridge the gap between building expenses and the insurance settlement from the fire that destroyed our building last August. 4-C has been helping communities to help children for over 40 years by ensuring that every child has access to high quality early care and education. Quality early learning is critical because the brain develops most during the first years of a child’s life. 4-C directly impacts this development through the creation of integrated support and expertise in the early care and education profession. Ultimately, the Capital Campaign will make more money available for operational costs and ensure 4-C can continue to successfully achieve its mission by helping communities help children.

4-C has been reaching out to community businesses and organizations as a means of educating these entities in the importance of investing early in quality early care and education. 4-C believes that by advancing community investment in children, we are creating a foundation for their development. Children who have successful quality early care experiences are better positioned to become successful adults. The opportunities we provide children with today create the framework for who they will become tomorrow!

The 4-C Professional Development and Training Department was recently awarded a grant to implement a Quality Improvement Technical Consulting Pilot Project. This project involves working with 5 family day care homes. This is an exciting opportunity for 4-C and yet another way we can promote the importance of quality in early learning environments. In the next few months, 4-C will be moving into our new building and returning to the 5 Odana Court location. As we make the transition, we will keep you informed of our progress and locations. We do not anticipate any gaps in service or communication. We are planning for smooth return to our home!

Thank you for all you do to support the children in our communities!