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Our Mission & Our History

Our Mission

4Cs' mission is to develop, implement and advance early care and education services, social services, housing, senior services, health and human services, and other programs benefiting children, youth, seniors and families.

Our History

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 the 4Cs was born.

In its 45 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 over one hundred. 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.

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. The list of programs managed by 4Cs is:

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

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