The Top 5 Reasons Cutting Child Care in KY is Such a Bad Idea

Posted: February 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

5. It’s hard to improve quality if child care programs can’t afford to stay open. 

4. Thousands of child care staff will lose their jobs. 
 
3. Good child care is all about school readiness. 
 
2. 62% of parents with children under 5 are in the work force and need child care 
 
1. KY kids deserve better
 
 
Susan A. Vessels
Executive Director
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)

Child Care Cuts – Take Action Now!

Posted: February 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Tell your legislator to keep KY families working

Take Action!






Congratulations!  You’re making a difference!  Over 1000 messages, hundreds of phone calls and hundreds of names on petitions have all been sent to the Governor regarding the impending $86 million cut to child care.

Now that we have Frankfort’s attention, we need to move our message throughout the General Assembly and demand immediate action.  If keeping citizens working is a priority of our elected officials, then the General Assembly and Governor Beshear must find the resources to protect that priority!

Kentucky’s extremely fragile childcare system, like all small business, depends on a precarious balance of profit and loss, economic conditions, and a competitive marketplace. These 2,400 small businesses employ 12,500 people who earn an average wage of a little over $19,000. It also enables the parents of 65 percent of our children under the age of five to go to work every day. Not just low-income parents, all parents.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family services warns that these cuts will result in more parents out of work because they cannot afford child care. According to the Cabinet, the cuts could mean as many as 28,000 fewer children will be served each month. 

On Thursday, February 7 thousands of advocates will descend on the Capitol to meet with legislators and show their support for Kentucky’s children and families.  On that day our message will be clear: Child care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for all working families.

If you are interested in attending there is still time to register.   If you are unable to attend please let your voice be heard by taking action and sending this message to your legislators.


Little Kids Shouldn’t Take the Big Cuts.

Posted: February 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Tell Frankfort To Rethink Cuts to Child Care.

Yesterday the Cabinet of Health and Human Services announced deep cuts in child care assistance which would take effect in April. Everyone knows parents with young children need child care in order to work.  Kentucky’s economy is weak enough. Now is not the time to make it more difficult for parents to get and keep a job!

  • Effective April 1, 2013 the state will not accept new applications from low income working families seeking assistance.
  • Effective July 1, 2013 income eligibility for current participants will be dramatically reduced  — in fact, families would have to live below the poverty line to receive assistance (i.e, low wage workers would no longer receive assistance).

Immediate action is needed! There is a direct connection between parents’ ability to work and our economy.  The last thing we need is increased unemployment.  This isn’t good for kids and it’s not good for business.

Please click Take Action to send an editable, prewritten message to the Governor, and forward this email on to 2 additional friends, colleagues, clients, or family members and ask them to take action too.  It’s very important that the Governor hears from as many people as possible.  Thank you.


Where will you be next Thursday?

Posted: February 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The news of massive budget cuts this week makes us all ask if kids count in Kentucky. That is a haunting question given the deep cuts to children’s supports on Tuesday, January 29. Next Thursday, February 7, is Children’s Advocacy Day (CAD) at the Capitol. It is THE day to make your voice heard for kids. Whatever your passion – fending off those Cabinet cuts; child fatalities due to abuse and neglect; human trafficking of young people – CAD is the place and the time to make a difference.

Register to attend CAD now!

Children’s Advocacy Day Schedule

  • 9:00-9:30am: Check-in and Register on the second floor mezzanine in the Capitol
  • 9:30-10:15am: Kick-off rally in the Capitol Rotunda with youth speakers and performers
  • 10:15-12:00pm: Meet with your legislators, and view artowrk in the tunnel
  • 12:00-2:00pm: Mini-seminars on the 2013 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children in Annex Room 125. View the schedule of topics and speakers here.
  • 2:00pm: View the House or Senate in session

Whether you plan to stay for the day or just come for an hour, your presence and your voice will make a difference.

See you at the Capitol!


Don’t forget to join 4-C as we advocate for KY’s kids on 2/7.

Posted: January 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Child AdvocateChildren’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol began in 2004 as an effort to unite advocates from across the state to raise their voices on behalf of children’s safety, health, education and economic well-being. Hundreds of advocates from over 50 counties now gather at the Capitol in Frankfort every year to ask legislators to invest in kids.

Expect to see elected officials, social workers, teachers, judges, doctors, public health experts, therapists, members of the military, seniors, and kids come together to rally on children’s issues and talk to legislators.  Click here for more information. 

The 9th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day will take place at the Capitol in Frankfort on Thursday, February 7, 2013.

Join us! REGISTER HERE


Celebrate #GivingTuesday by donating to 4-C.

Posted: November 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »


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Posted: November 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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“We’ve got a lot of good child care programs in this community. Parents don’t have to use the rotten ones that get all the attention on the nightly news.”

Posted: July 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

That’s the sound bite I always say during media interviews but it never seems to make it on to the airwaves. Recently 4-C has been talking with media about some of the “bad actors” in our local child care community. We all know they are out there. They are the ones who seem to have no interest in what’s best for kids or families. They are the ones who bring down the public opinion of child care. And yet, somehow, they continue to operate, either openly or under ground. Maybe it’s time those of us in the child care world take action to highlight the bad apples that are holding the child care system hostage. I am convinced we will never be able to make substantial progress to raising the quality across our system until we quit protecting those who are in the business for all the wrong reasons.

Susan A. Vessels
Executive Director
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)


4-C IS NOT CLOSING!!!

Posted: May 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

We know there are rumors flying around that 4-C is closing. Wrong, wrong, wrong. We’ve been here for 43 years and plan on being around for another 43!

While it is true that we will no longer be administering the CCAP subsidy program effective 7/1/12, we are still your central point of contact for child care information and services. Our office will still be located at the familiar 1215 South Third St. in Louisville and our telephone number remains the same.

We will continue to provide parents with referrals to child care programs, provide training in new and more convenient models and places, track and analyze child care trends, provide early intervention services, serve as the CACFP Food Program sponsor, and act as a Voice for families as well as child care providers on a local, state and national level.

A new role we are taking on is introducing the many new tools that are being developed specifically to help child care providers deal with the business end of the child care industry. They are freeing directors from paperwork so they can focus on children, parents, and staff. (Go to http://www.4cforkids.org/kentucky-alliance-for-shared-services to see the latest and greatest tool we are offering.)

Give us a call at 502-636-1358, go to our website www.4cforkids.org, or like us on facebook.

We’re excited about the future of child care and 4-C!

Susan Vessels

Executive Director

 


Come be a part of the largest rally for kids in Kentucky!

Posted: January 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol is the opportunity to show legislators that Kentucky cares about its children and youth, and talk with them about the most pressing issues Kentucky’s kids are facing today. Join us for the 8th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Thursday, February 16, 2012. Any and all are welcome to take a stand and raise their voice. Elected officials, social workers, teachers, law enforcement officers, judges, doctors, public health experts, therapists, members of the military, seniors, and kids will all come together to rally on children’s issues at the Capitol Rotunda and talk to legislators about the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children agenda.

Register for Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol here today! More information is available here.



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