A Time of Change at 4-C

Posted: November 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Dear Friend,

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


Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards

Posted: October 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

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.

For more information, go to www.tllccf.org/pr_nccta.php or click here for the application.


12 Small Moments that Let Children Experience Nature in a Big Way

Posted: October 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News | 4 Comments »

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 Employment Opportunity – Senior Accountant

Posted: September 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Employment, News | No Comments »

Senior Accountant

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.

 

 


4-C Employment Opportunity – Early Childhood Trainer

Posted: September 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Employment, News | No Comments »

Early Childhood Trainer

4-C is looking for an experienced and KY credentialed (level 4 minimum) Early Childhood Trainer to develop and conduct training sessions to support the professional development of child care providers and others interested in early child development and the child care system.

 

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field.  At least 3-5 years of experience in the early childhood field or equivalent experience working with families and children.

 

The Early Childhood Trainer must be able to ensure program quality and the specified requirements are being followed as they develop, design, and create new applications and ideas.

 

The Essential duties are, but not limited to:

  • Plan, develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate training programs and services.
  • Maintain current knowledge of Kentucky’s early childhood system including: licensing and certification regulations, QRIS system, and Early Childhood Standards.
  • Maintain current knowledge of national early childhood accreditations: NAEYC and CDA requirements.
  • Develop and utilize a variety of training delivery strategies. Use technology to enhance learning.
  • Develop and conduct learning activities in specific content areas or practice specialties.
  • Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintain them over time.

 

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.


Use your Kroger Plus Card & Help 4-C!

Posted: September 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

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Supporting 4-C has never been easier – just shop at Kroger and scan your Plus Card!

Signing up is EASY as 1, 2, 3

  1. Visit https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards. If you already have an account sign in or click “Register” to create one.
  2. Once you create your account enter your Plus Card number or your phone number
  3. Find the Community Rewards section and select 4-C from the list or enter our organization number: 78284

Really, it takes less than 5 minutes!  After you’ve registered, 4-C will get a donation every time you use your Kroger Plus Card.

Thanks for supporting this fundraising effort and tell your friends and family about it!

 

 Let’s go Krogering and remember to use your Plus Card!!

 

 


Grandparent Resource Support Group

Posted: September 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Opportunities for Growth: How One Center is Rethinking Professional Development

Posted: August 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers | No Comments »

“This was the best professional development that I have ever been to!” said Tamekia, a teacher good garbage 3at St Benedict’s Child Development Center. What made it the best for Tamekia and her co-workers were a couple of key ideas. One, the training provided opportunities teachers to collaborate, plan and create invitations for learning together. Knowing how valuable time out of the classroom is for her teaching staff, St Benedict’s director Alissa closed the center for two days at the start of the school year to not only discuss new ideas with her teachers but to provide them the opportunity to transform their classrooms so that children felt at home and welcomed. What also made this professional development different than others they had attended was a focus on  shared values for teaching. It helped create a unified vision for the center’s environment and experiences they offer children.

good garbage 5 Third, the professional development was hands-on. After learning about the importance of providing loose parts (rocks, leaves, buttons, cardboard tubes, etc) in the classroom and creating invitations for play, the teachers took a field trip to Good Garbage: Center for Creative Reuse in Portland to collect materials. Teachers gathered fabric for curtains, pictures frames for displaying children’s artworks, colorful glass bottles to display in classroom windows, cardboard tubes, buttons, tiles, corks, yarn, and zippers.  When they returned to the center, each classroom team collaborated to create their first attempt of an invitation to play and add home like touches to their rooms for the children to walk into the next day.

This was more than just a training to attend for annual hours. It was a chance to treat early childhood teachers as the professionals that they are. Professionals who know their children, who are thoughtful about environment, who can see what the children might be interested in and who are intentional about open ended materials and providing experiences that are child-directed and teacher-supported.

To see more photographs from this day, check out our facebook photo album.


Excellence Academy Master Teacher Spotlight

Posted: August 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

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Angie Kinser

Center Name: Goodwill of Southern Indiana Children’s Learning Center
Classroom Age Group: Preschool (4 years old)
Years of Teaching Experience: 13 years
Years in the Excellence Academy:     2 years
Highest Education Level Achieved: Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education

 

 

What is one of your favorite things about teaching young children?

I teach for all of the “little” reasons…hugs, excitement, reading books, imagination, curiosity, listening to four year old stories, aha moments, smiles, laughter and many more. I love inspiring a lifelong love of learning and knowing I am making a difference in the lives of children.
 

How has the Excellence Academy changed you, your classroom environment, your knowledge of early childhood development and your teaching practices and strategies?

The Excellence Academy has changed my way of thinking from a teacher directed approach to a child led approach. It has helped me to understand the importance of social and emotional development. The children are learning to express their emotions and problem solve. Also my classroom is continuing to change from a commercial product, plastic and primary color filled room to a more homelike setting with natural elements.
 

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?

On the weekends, I love spending time with my husband Chris and our 6 year old daughter Annabelle.
 

What would be impossible for you to give up?

It would be impossible for me to give up reading. I love to read!!!
 

How do you want to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as a loving wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter and teacher.

 

 

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6 Ways to Activate Your Block Area

Posted: August 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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Providing nontraditional materials for the block area invites children to test out new ways of balancing, stacking, building and creating structures. It can spark the interest of children who might not normally spend a lot of time with blocks or create opportunities for cooperative play as children explore a new material.

One classroom at Goodwill of Southern Indiana (an Excellence Academy center) provided a variety of colors and sizes of cups.  The children built elaborate walls, pyramids, arches and towers. They incorporated unit blocks to make doorways and roads. Every day they came up with new ways to use the cups, and the play continued for weeks as the children collaborated, tested and built.

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Want to get building in your classroom? Here is a list of 6 nontraditional materials to get you going:

1. Cups: Paper, plastic, foam or other, cups are versatile, accessible and cheap.

2. Paper Towel Rolls: Leave them whole to make tunnels and columns or cut them down the sides to make ramps.

3. Flat Rocks: Stacking rocks provides a great challenge of balance. Add some sticks and they can be used to turn a block structure into a nature scene.

4. Boxes: Small ones, large ones, leave them blank or decorate them to look like buildings. Just put a pile of boxes out and the children will know what to do!

5. Plastic Lids: Another great challenge in balancing, a variety of sizes of lids makes for interesting towers. They are also a great way to add circles to block designs.

6. Masking Tape: Place lengths of tape on the floor to make roads. Better yet, hand the tape over to the children and see what they create!

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