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4-C Events and Nonprofit Spotlight

Did you know that April is Family Strengthening Month in Wisconsin and National Child Abuse and Prevention Month?

We are highlighting one of our valued nonprofit partners, 4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc., which helps communities help children and also believes every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment.

4-C helps ensure that every child has access to high quality care and education by empowering our communities and families through integrated support and equitable practices. Did you know that they also provide child care referrals? That's how I was finally able to find part-time daycare for Z after months and months of searching on my own.

We're thrilled that Playful Acorns was selected as a co-host for some of 4-C's spring and summer FREE Play Groups. Check out this video on Facebook or Instagram from our first collaborative event in February at Verona Public Library.

What's a play group?

A high-quality, fun, structured and un-structured play experience for children (ages birth to 5 years) and caregivers that provides opportunities for play-based learning to support positive child development. Play Groups provide opportunities for caregivers/parents to connect with other adults and their communities. Some events may also feature snacks, coffee, goodie bags, local resources, and outdoor play and activities before or after the indoor portion is complete.

You can learn more about 4-C and meet their incredible staff at these upcoming free events:

  • Free Play Group: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4th at Lakeview Park indoor heated shelter, Middleton (space limited, registration required)

  • Free Family Event: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 11th at 4-C's building, 5 Odana Ct, Madison (crafts, refreshments, tour Resource Room, learn how to borrow toy kits and storytime backpacks, get a free vision screening. Learn more at and in their latest e-news)

  • Free Play Group: 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, June 6th at Oregon Public Library (space limited, registration required)

4-C is one of five Family Resource Centers in the Madison area. You can learn more about the others as well as the Five Strengths here:

  • Teach children how to understand their feelings

  • Feel prepared for new challenges as children grow

  • Connect with other families and share lived experiences

  • Build inner strength and resiliency

  • Recognize their family's needs and guide them to find help

Thank you 4-C for all you do for our community!


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