The Community Child Care Council (4C Council) is a non-profit, community-based agency that serves as the community childcare link for families and childcare professionals who live and work primarily in Santa Clara County, California. The agency and its staff are proud to serve the Silicon Valley families for more than 43 years. It is currently supported by the California Department of Education, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Department of Agriculture, County of Santa Clara and the City of San Jose. The 4C Council provides Early Care and Education, Information, Referrals, childcare voucher payments, nutrition services and family supportive services to over fifty thousand children each year. Most recently, the agency also provides Senior Nutrition Services.
This venture started in 1971, when a group of parents discovered their access to the existing child development services was limited, as they were systematically prevented from taking advantage of quality child care services that other children in affluent families were receiving. Their concerns were reviewed by community activists and educators, and it was determined that their child care needs were indeed not being met. As a result, the group applied for funding from the San Jose Model Cities Program and established the first county-wide Child Care Committee under the county’s Social Planning Council. In 1972, the county joined in the venture, and the 4Cs was born.
In its 39 years of service, the agency has grown from a $50,000 budget and a staff of three, to a $45 million budget and a staff of 150. Almost all of the funding is returned to the community as payments to child care providers for services provided to low income children and their families.