Every child care provider needs a way to make his or her job easier, and now 4-C is going to help you do just that. We are proud to announce the new and improved Kentucky Shared Services with a new logo, a new look and new resources to streamline your business operations so you spend less time searching for resources and creating documents and put more time back into providing quality care.
And just in time for Valentine’s Day to show you how much we love our child care providers, all licensed and certified providers in Jefferson County will receive free access for one year thanks to our partnership with the Face It® Movement! Now more than 1,200 resources are available to you to work smarter instead of harder including handbooks, policies and procedures, templates, forms, discounts and more.
“My favorite part of the Ky Shared Services is the HR Tab – from policies to job descriptions to staff evaluations. This tab is a life saver…I love, love, love that I can just pull up the site and refer to what I need. I was pleasantly surprised to see the staff evaluations. They were a huge help this year,” said Debbie Borst Smith, Daycare Director, Highlands Community Ministries.
For all Jefferson County providers, you can become a member today for free, visit www.kysharedservices.org and request a membership. Membership outside of Jefferson County is available for a minimal yearly cost. Click here for pricing.
The American Printing House for the Blind in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is offering a new program to our community called Braille Tales. Braille Tales is a free print-braille book program for preschoolers who are blind and visually impaired. Their goal is to develop crucial literacy and braille awareness skills at an early age in order to promote independence among members of the blind and visually impaired community.
Families enrolled in Braille Tales receive a free print-braille book every other month until the child reaches their sixth birthday. They also enroll parents and legal guardians who are braille readers and have sighted preschool-aged children. Families keep the books as part of their permanent home library.
Currently, Braille Tales has over 700 families enrolled across the country. They recently received a grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children to expand this program to all eligible preschoolers in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Service providers can help families fill out the application, but it has to have the parent’s/legal guardian’s information on the form. Families can sign up online at www.aph.org/BrailleTales.
During free choice time, students in Shaunta Miller’s classroom at Keystone Learning Academy, an Excellence Academy early learning center, take practicing writing the letters in their name very seriously, so seriously that their efforts require safety goggles. Watch as one of the children helps the other with letter recognition.
As with all organizations, change brings about both sad and happy news. We are going through such a transition at Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C).
The sad news is that after more than two decades of service to children and families in our community, Susan Vessels, our Executive Director, is retiring as of December 31, 2014. Of course, we wish her well in retirement, but we will greatly miss her. Joining 4-C in 1990, Susan first served as a trainer and then as an Information and Referral Coordinator. She became 4-C’s fourth Executive Director in 1995. Susan brought vision, courage, and innovation to the work and mission of 4-C, challenging all she dealt with to consider first what was best for children and families and the early childhood system that served them. She oversaw the agency during a time of great change and great challenge, and I know I speak for the Board, staff, and friends of 4-C in expressing our deepest gratitude for her inspired service.
The happy news is that Susan’s big shoes will be filled, effective January 1, 2015, by Janet Masterson, Assistant Director of 4-C. Janet has been with the agency since 1993, serving as Assistant Director since 2001. Susan and Janet have worked together well as a team, and the Board quickly recognized Janet’s gifts and the natural and seamless transition that will be provided by Janet’s leadership. We appreciate her generosity in accepting the position of Executive Director and look forward to working with her.
Please join me in thanking Susan and congratulating Janet.
Cecelia H. Price, President
4-C Board of Directors
Recognizing the need to raise the status of child care teachers and the need for quality child care, the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF) created the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards. This award acknowledges the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Child care teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and on U.S. Military bases and installations around the world are invited to apply. Fifty teachers are selected for their commitment and dedication to the children they serve. Of the top ten recipients, one is selected to receive the Helene Marks Award and is named the National Child Care Teacher of the Year.
As a part of the application process, each applicant is asked to design a classroom enhancement project for the children they teach illustrating the educational, social, and emotional benefits of the project. A committee of early childhood educators and specialists review the applications. Award recipients receive $1,000 – $500 for the teacher’s personal use and $500 to implement the project. An award ceremony takes place each spring in Pennsylvania – hotel and transportation are provided for the recipients. The event celebrates the best and the most dedicated child care teachers.
About The Helene Marks Award
The Helene Marks Award is presented to the child care teacher who is selected from among the top ten scoring applicants of the National Child Care Teacher Awards. The recipient receives the Helene Marks Award and the honor of being named the National Child Care Teacher of the Year, and an additional $1,000.
The TLLCCF has proudly presented this prestigious award since 1994.
During a field trip to the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort, KY, children from Dorman Preschool experienced more than just viewing the deer, bobcats, bears, bison, elk, turkeys, eagles, bull frogs, turtles, and fish on display. For them, the real connection with nature was all about the little moments. Here are 12 of our favorites from the day.
1. Picking Queen Ann’s Lace from the sides of the path and carrying the wildflower with you
2. Touching a butterfly and the surprise of seeing it take off in flight
3. Letting cool water run across your hand
4. Quietly watching a waterfall in awe
5. Walking between tall grasses and running your hands through the leaves
6. Splashing rocks in a stream
7. Using binoculars and sharing them with your friends
8. Climbing and running over, under and through
9. Catching a beetle and letting it run across your hand
10. Petting a snake and feeling its cool skin
11. Climbing on rocks and crossing a stream
12. Hiding and laughing with friends
4-C is looking for an experienced Senior Accountant to ensure the integrity of our accounting practices by performing full function accounting for day care centers. The qualified candidate will have a four year Accounting Degree or Associate Degree with five years’ experience. Experience may be considered in lieu of education. Must be proficient in computer skills, with experience in the area of electronic spreadsheets and accounting software.
The senior accountant must be highly motivated and an analytical thinker, able to work through complex problems in order to reach justifiable conclusions to support the day care center. Multitasking abilities are a necessary strength of the senior accountant.
The Essential duties are, but not limited to:
- Performs and/or directs agency and center personnel in maintaining proper accounting functions to ensure that correct accounting practices are retained to meet all applicable reporting standards.
- Assists with the preparation of the budget and financial forecasts for the centers and maintains control procedures, performs analysis of results and reports variances as necessary.
- Prepares necessary reports, billings, statements, and analyses related to financial transactions of the centers.
- Prepares monthly bank reconciliations.
- Provides information as needed to assist in grant reporting or proposals.
- Analyzes and prepares monthly account reconciliations.
We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with an organizational culture committed to serving all members of our community. If you would like to be a member of our team, please forward your cover letter and resume to HR@HRWorksinc.com or fax to 502-805-0776.