$75,000 Grant to 4C Supports Academic Success

May 17, 2019

“The best way to improve the American workforce in the 21st century is to invest in early childhood education, to ensure that even the most disadvantaged children have the opportunity to succeed alongside their more advantaged peers.” — James Heckman

Preschool children living in poverty face inherent challenges to achieving academic success, and research shows a strong correlation between kindergarten readiness and attendance at quality child care programs. A recent Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) grant of $75,000 to 4C for Children will help address those challenges.

According to a 2016 Center for Public Education report on Educational Equity, “High-quality pre-kindergarten needs to be part of the mix, too. Good early education is especially beneficial to children from low-income or non-English speaking families by helping them start school with the same skills as their classmates from more advantaged circumstances.”

The GCF grant will support 4C’s Ramp Up for Quality project, which responds to the state of Ohio’s mandate for child care providers accepting children on voucher assistance to be rated by the Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) rating and improvement system by June 30, 2020.

4C, the only agency in our region contracted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to provide child care resource and referral services, is the designated provider of professional coaching for Ohio’s SUTQ quality rating system. Their goal is to train an additional 100 child care providers to receive an SUTQ rating, so that they are able provide quality early education to more than 1,000 vulnerable children.

“This grant aligns with GCF’s focus on women’s upward mobility by increasing access to quality jobs, as well as our commitment to increasing opportunities for educational success,” said Harold D. Brown, GCF Vice President, Community Strategies. “In addition to providing the children of low-income families with imperative educational tools, the Ramp Up for Quality project also supports job security for the child care providers — the majority of which are women, and many of whom are women of color.”