At the heart of our mission here at 4Cs lies our affinity for community, families, and empowerment.
What we do is develop, implement, and advance early care and education services, social services, housing, senior services, and health and human services. We are proud to say that the work we do deeply impacts the lives of children, youth, seniors and families.
This venture started in 1971, when a group of parents discovered their access to the existing child development services was limited, as they were systematically prevented from taking advantage of quality child care services that other children in affluent families were receiving. Their concerns were reviewed by community activists and educators, and it was determined that their child care needs were indeed not being met. As a result, the group applied for funding from the San Jose Model Cities Program and established the first county-wide Child Care Committee under the county's Social Planning Council. In 1972, the county joined in the venture, and 4Cs was born.
In its 46 years of service, the agency has grown from a $50,000 budget and a staff of three, to a $45 million budget and a staff of 150. Almost all of the funding is returned to the community as payments to child care providers for services provided to low income children and their families.
Our programs include:
Child Care Resource and Referral
Subsidized Child Care Programs
Child Care Food Program
Family Child Care Home Education Network
Early Head Start
Child Care Initiative Project
Health and Safety Training and Reimbursement Program
Senior Nutrition Program
As we have grown, so has our commitment to our community. 4Cs manages many programs and services devoted to young children and their families, regardless of income levels and background.