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


JCPS is accepting applications for kindergarten students through January 11th.

Posted: December 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

The registration site at 4309 Bishop Lane is open during the winter break.

Here is information for families on registering for kindergarten and also the 2013-14 JCPS Elementary School Clusters.

Call 485-6250 for more assistance.


Celebrate #GivingTuesday by donating to 4-C.

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


Help for Parents entering the JCPS school system

Posted: October 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Entering kindergarten can be stressful for the whole family. Here is information for families on registering for kindergarten  and also the 2013-14 JCPS Elementary School Clusters. While this won’t take care of the first day jitters for kids(or parents), knowledge is power and we want everyone to have a powerful start in “big school”.

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


Back to School Safety Tips

Posted: August 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Here are some simple reminders for drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving

Reminder for your kids:

  • They should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
  • Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them

“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)



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