Community Coordinated Care for Children is committed to strengthening our communities
and families. It’s our belief that every child deserves a bright and successful future. We produce
this newsletter as part of 4C’s mission to be a community leader in providing
high-quality services that improve the lives of children and families.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is unique in that it crosses over two months, celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. This time period was chosen because it includes Independence Day celebrations for Belize, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Even if your family isn’t from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central or South America, you can still celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Children build respect and curiosity when they learn about other cultures. For eight ways children can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, click here.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year old. Most SIDS deaths are associated with sleep, which is why it’s sometimes still called “crib death.” October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month. A safe sleep environment can help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as suffocation. To learn more, click here.
Head Start Awareness Month
October is Head Start Awareness Month, and it aims to spread awareness about a crucial program that benefits millions of families in the United States. Head Start assists children in low-income families by providing a framework to meet their social, emotional, psychological, nutritional, and health needs. Children are given a boost until the age of 5, easing the pressure on their families. To learn more about Head Start and Early Head Start, click here.
Here are upcoming free, family-friendly events in Central Florida:
Monday October 2
Story Time, Leu Gardens, Orlando, 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 5
Community Resource Fair, Orange County Corrections, Orlando, 9 a.m.
Story Time, Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center, Oakland, 10 a.m.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, 6 p.m.
Friday, October 6
Mr. Richard Concert, Infusion Tearoom, Orlando, 10 a.m.
Free Movie, The Super Mario Bros., Kissimmee Lakefront Park, 5:30 p.m.
Downtown Street Party, Independence Square, Maitland, 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 7
Family Fishing Event, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Winter Park, 7:30 p.m.
Autumn Art Festival, Central Park, Winter Park, 9 a.m.
Fall Family Day, Art & History Museums of Maitland, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, October 10
Mr. Richard Concert, Chick-fil-A Waterford Lakes, Orlando, 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 12
Free Movie, The House on Haunted Hill, Central Park, Winter Park, 8 p.m.
Friday, October 13
Reeves Center Fall Festival, Reeves Center, Orlando, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14
Avalon Park Oktoberfest, Downtown Avalon Park, Orlando, 5 p.m.
Friday, October 20
Free Movie, Goosebumps 2 – Haunted Halloween, Cypress Grove Park, Orlando, 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 22
Mr. Richard Concert, Barber Park, Orlando, noon.
Tuesday, October 24
YMCA Trunk or Treat, Downtown Orlando YMCA, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25
Halloween Spooktacular, Washington Park Branch Library, 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 26
Halloween Spooktacular, Southeast Branch Library, Orlando, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 28
Halloween in the Park, Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka, 10 a.m.
Spooktacular Candy Bash, Goldenrod Recreation Center, Winter Park, noon.
Mr. Richard Concert, Orlando Public Library, 1 p.m.
Fall-o-Ween Festival, Independence Square, Maitland, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, October 30
Halloween Spooktacular, Hiawassee Branch Library, Orlando, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Spooktacular, Windermere Branch Library, Windermere, 4 p.m.
For more events, check out the 4C Community Calendar, click here.
PUBLIC LIBRARY OPPORTUNITIES
Local public libraries offer a variety of events such as story times. Use these links to learn more about the offerings available to your family:
- Orange County Library System, click here.
- Osceola Library System, click here.
- Seminole County Public Library, click here.
- Winter Park Library, click here.
- Maitland Library, click here.
EARLY LEARNING RESOURCES
The Florida School Readiness Program offers financial assistance to low-income families for early education and care. We are actively enrolling children ages birth to 12 years old. To learn more, click here.
Head Start/Early Head Start
The 4C Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote school readiness and child development for eligible low-income families with children from birth to 5 years old, click here.
VPK is free of charge to all 4-year-old children in Florida regardless of family income. The high-quality learning opportunity builds a strong academic structure. Now Enrolling. To learn more, click here.
Neighborhood Centers for Families
NCF is made up of non-profits, agencies, churches, and groups that work together to provide family-friendly accessible services and activities to Orange County families, click here.
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