|A Message From 4Cís Executive Director|
Our cover article reminds us of why the early years are so critical and why our work is so important. A team from 4C’s just returned from a visit to Harlem Children’s Zone. We were honored to have the opportunity to speak directly with the staff and observe their successful support program for new and expecting parents - “The Baby College” - in action. We returned with exciting new insights to bring to our Hayward Promise Neighborhood work and other 4C’s programs.
As of January, we have several new elected offi cials representing various parts of Alameda County. We extend a warm welcome to our new Congressman Eric Swalwell, new Assembly Members Bob Bonta and Bill Quirk, and Supervisor Richard Valle. We also welcome the newly elected mayors and city council members. Our agency will be hosting two breakfast gatherings for our offi cials in February. We are looking forward to greeting old and new representatives and focusing attention on the importance of early childhood.
4C’s recently received the “Unsung Heroes Award” from the National Community-Based Organization Network. This award goes to “grassroots community organizations that provide vitally important services to their communities, but often are behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.” We were recognized for our work to improve children’s health and nutrition, especially through our training for child care providers.
4C’s is now 40 years old! We sincerely hope that many of you will help us celebrate on Saturday May 4, 2013. Please save that date for 4C’s 40th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit Gala at the Chabot Space and Science Museum. Details can be found at our website.
We are proud to look back at 40 years of accomplishments for children and families, which we have been able to achieve with the help of many partners and our dedicated staff. Check out our 2012 annual report for highlights from 1972 to the present. As we begin another new year, we remain deeply grateful for your support and partnership.
Renee S. Herzfeld