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April 26, 2017
Expanding access to quality preschool in Northern Kentucky
Pre-K Works invests in our youngest learners

With all the talk of the Preschool Promise in Cincinnati, many of you may be wondering what is being done in Northern Kentucky to increase access to quality preschool. The answer is Pre-K Works, a collaborative of community stakeholders led in partnership by Skyward and United Way Success by 6, which are united by a vision of making high-quality learning experiences available for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Kentucky. Pre-K Works was piloted by Erlanger-Elsmere Schools as a demonstration site. The innovative model includes multiple partners, shared resources, integrated delivery of child care and parent engagement, and collective measurement in the hopes of garnering statewide replication.  

Increased access to preschool is expanding to other school districts. The Kentucky Department of Education awarded Preschool Partnership Grants across the state in October 2016 to promote collaborative partnerships to achieve this goal. Ten Northern Kentucky school districts were awarded a grant. Read about how these districts are collaborating around preschool.  

"Early childhood education is one of United Way's top priorities, and these grants will help us tremendously in achieving our goal of providing every 3- and 4-year-old in Kentucky with access to high-quality early learning experiences in a community-based settings where early learning providers collaborate to support our children and their families," says Amanda Greenwell, director, United Way Success By 6 in Northern Kentucky.

Ron Mohl to address conference
Lakeshore Learning presenter rounds out keynotes       

Ron Mohl, the lead education presenter for Lakeshore Learning Materials, will be the Saturday keynote speaker at 4C's regional conference, Grow the Good: Nurturing Roots of Resiliency.

The Conference will be held Oct. 27-28 at the Sharonville Convention Center and will also feature Steve Gross of the Life is Good Kids Foundation as the breakfast keynote speaker on Friday. 
 
A well-known early childhood speaker, Ron has presented to national conferences such as NAEYC and the Ohio Early Childhood Conference, school districts, public and private institutions, Head Start programs, and military bases across the country. He's passionate about the importance of play in an early childhood curriculum, language development, math, science, music and diversity.

He has a reputation of being a dynamic presenter who includes lots of humor and interaction to his presentations. Watch your mailbox for a conference Save the Date postcard coming soon and more detailed information about the conference in early summer.
All STARS Training Opportunities
4C to deliver FREE training in your county!        

4C for Children has been named the training agency that will deliver All STARS professional development opportunities in the Northern Bluegrass region, which includes your county!

We are excited to be part of your professional development journey and our staff looks forward to helping your program advance to a higher STAR level through these FREE training opportunities right in your own community.

Registering for training is easy!  
Visit 4cforchildren.org/AllSTARS to find all our FREE All STARS workshop offerings. Before you check out, make sure you enter your license number in the "Coupon Code" field to ensure you receive free training. This will also allow us to keep track of the hours of training you have used. We will include that information in an email which will be sent to your program after you register. Coming soon: A new online learning course! "Creating Relationships With Families," a free three credit hour online course in the area of Family and Community Partnerships, will be available soon!

Please contact Susan Prime at 859-547-5086 with any questions or for more information. 


The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) has announced important changes. Share this information with your families.

Parents with questions can contact the local eligibility specialist at 1-800-809-7076. Additional information can also be found on the website.

Workshops
Save these dates
May 27: The ABC's of Partnering Effectively with Families
*Location: Kenton County

Oct. 27-28: Leadership and Early Childhood Conference

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