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PRESS RELEASE – 2018 Leadership Awards

October 4th, 2018

For Immediate Release

Early Childhood Educators Recognized by 4Cs of San Mateo County on October 10

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Early childhood educators are dedicated to the field because they see the life-long impact that quality, early learning can have on a child and an entire family.  The profession doesn’t offer significant financial standing and only occasionally generates recognition. On October 10, 4Cs of San Mateo County will host its 16th Leadership Awards – an event that is dedicated to bringing educators and community leaders together to celebrate early childhood professionals and acknowledge the accomplishments of two individuals and one community institution.

San Mateo County Board of Supervisor President Dave Pine will present the Mary Elizabeth Griffin Children’s Award to Karen Haas-Foletta, a child care and education professional who has been in the field for 30 years.

As executive director of the non-profit Footsteps Childcare, Haas-Foletta directs eight sites in San Mateo County that meet the care and educational needs of more than 700 children daily, including those who qualify for subsidized care through state and local funding.  She is a leader in the field who is an author, and endorsed trainer for the California School-Age Consortium, and she is a recognized advocate in the County and in Sacramento for early childhood education and inclusion needs of children with special needs. The Mary Elizabeth Griffin Award was created by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors as a tribute to Griffin’s dedication to children’s issues during her career in public office as San Mateo County Board of Supervisor.

Anne Campbell, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, will be recognized for her educational leadership spanning more than 40 years in education as an instructor, principal and as the superintendent for Portola Valley School District before moving to the County.  Campbell’s focus has been on closing the achievement gap by expanding access to quality early care and education.  She will receive the Mary Petsche Visionary Leadership Award which honors Petsche who was inducted into San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame and is a former executive director of 4Cs.

First 5 San Mateo County will be recognized with the Community Partnership Award for its 20-year commitment to the young children and families of San Mateo County with Executive Director Kitty Lopez accepting the award. First 5 San Mateo County supports more than 53,000 children ages 0-5 living in the area to ensure their early developmental and educational needs are met and their families are supported toward a successful future.

The 2018 Leadership Awards event will be held at Devil’s Canyon Brewery in San Carlos on October 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

4Cs is a trusted resource for child care and preschool needs for parents living and working in San Mateo County. For more than 45 years 4Cs has provided referral services for parents seeking quality child care, financial assistance for families that can’t afford the full cost of child care, and parenting support through workshops and educational program, and training for child care and early education providers.

For more information, contact:

David Fleishman

Executive Director, 4Cs of San Mateo County

(650) 517-1435



Superintendent of Schools Candidate Forum

April 21st, 2018

The Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County and Gatepath invite you to a:

Superintendent of Schools Candidate Forum

Join us for a morning of lively discussion with candidates.

Nancy Magee and Gary Waddell

We will discuss issues related to early education, children with special needs, and the future of education in San Mateo County.

Please submit any questions for the candidates to by April 13, 2018



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4Cs of San Mateo County Featured in Peninsula Press

December 6th, 2016


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4Cs 2nd Annual “Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful” on GivingTuesday was a Success!

December 3rd, 2016

4Cs of San Mateo County hosted their 2nd Annual “Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful” event at Il Piccolo Cafe in Burlingame on GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016.  Thank you to all our supporters! We look forward to next year!



4Cs of San Mateo County Appoints David Fleishman As Executive Director

July 3rd, 2014

Redwood City, CA – The Board of Directors of the Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County, Inc. (4Cs) is pleased to announce the unanimous appointment of current First 5 Program Specialist, David Fleishman, as 4Cs Executive Director. The Board’s decision comes with full confidence that David will continue to be a wonderful steward of 4Cs’ mission to create quality child care and preschool opportunities that lead to success for the children and families of San Mateo County.

David comes with over 20 years of educational leadership and completes his recent tenure as the Early Learning Program Specialist at First 5 San Mateo County. During his time at First 5, David was responsible for the development and oversight of grants to nonprofits and public agencies that support children and families in San Mateo County. Prior, he was the Director of Provider Services at a San Francisco resource and referral agency that focuses on early childhood educators and San Francisco children ages 0-5. David has decades of professional support in the early childhood and education arena. Additionally, David is a general member of two local councils, the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council and the San Mateo Child Care Partnership Council. His depth of experience as an educator, director of programs, senior management, and fund manager of programs will serve 4Cs well.

David says of his new position, “I am delighted to join the dedicated staff and Board of Directors as Executive Director of 4Cs. All children deserve access to high quality early care and education settings, and all early childhood educators must have the support they need to provide it. In this county of great wealth and extreme poverty, I look forward to working with 4Cs staff and Board to ensure that all families have the resources they need to support their child’s early success.”

Board Chair Carla Schoof adds, “The Board of Directors is excited to welcome David to 4Cs. His experience in delivering and managing child care and early childhood education programs coupled with his passion for the field makes him an excellent choice as the Executive Director of 4Cs. We are looking forward to David’s leadership as he, the Board and 4Cs staff continues the important work of supporting families in securing quality child care and early education services and advocating for providers and educators in San Mateo County.”

David received his bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in special education from Bank Street College of Education. He will take up his position as Executive Director on July 29, 2014.


California Democrats propose universal preschool for 4-year-olds

January 9th, 2014

In a move that would broadly expand public education, California Democrats on Tuesday proposed creating universal preschool for 4-year-olds, to try to enroll more children from immigrant and low-income families.

The program would be voluntary, just as kindergarten is in California. It would phase in over five years beginning in the 2015-16 school year and could cost the state $1 billion annually when fully implemented — adding an estimated 350,000 children to public schools.

Proponents argue that those costs would be offset by savings later on. They point to studies showing that preschool prepares children for school, resulting in fewer being held back to repeat a year, lowered numbers in costly special-education classes, and fewer students failing in school and ending up in prison.

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October 15th, 2013

The Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council (PPLC) is leading an initiative in San Mateo County called “The Big Lift”. The Big Lift’s focus is to increase school readiness by expanding access to high quality preschool for all 3 and 4 years olds and to ensure that children are reading at grade level by 3rd grade. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors had pledged Measure A funds to support this initiative.

To learn more please join us on October 15, 2013 from 6:00 – 7:30 at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits – Shoreway Room, 330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065.

Preschools open to prospective parents

May 16th, 2013

Is your child ready for preschool? Are you curious about the options? The Coastside Mother’s Club can help. The annual Preschool Open House presented by the mothers’ club offers Coastside parents a chance to look over those options…

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Bay Area educators laud President Barack Obama’s preschool plan

February 15th, 2013

Preschool advocates, who have weathered five years of dispiriting state budget cuts, have responded ecstatically to President Barack Obama’s initiative for universal preschool for 4-year-olds, a major surge in federal involvement in education.

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