4-C helps with local child care

By Meaghen Harms

DeKALB | Information about childcare for both parents and childcare providers can be found locally at Community Coordinated Child Care.

Community Coordinated Child Care, also known as 4-C, is a local social service agency.

“We are a social service agency that provides information and materials for child care providers and parents,” said Diana Zeller, Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist for Four-C.

4-C has two programs coming up. The first is on April 11 and is an American Heart Association First Aid Class.

“A first aid class is required of childcare providers by DCFS,” said Kim Sciacero, professional development coordinator for Four-C. “This class would go toward that.”

The second is a program for infant and toddler care on April 12.

“It has great information for providers,” Sciacero said. “It can also go toward, but not complete, the Infant Toddler credential.”

Each of the programs is free to members of 4-C, according to the press release.

“We offer comprehensive services for childcare providers, childcare programs and parents,” said Pam Wicking, resource and referral director for Four-C.

4-C is celebrating its 40-year anniversary this year, and has expanded from DeKalb county to six counties in the area in that time, Wicking said. The counties are Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle and Whiteside.

The center has many services including help for paying for childcare for income-eligible families, help with locating childcare providers, trainings, scholarships and CPR classes, Wicking said.

Additional information, including membership information, can be found at the 4-C website, http://www.four-c.org/.