Camp Fire West Michigan and Kent Regional 4C have merged, bringing together as one organization two pioneers in the field of early child hood education and youth development.
CAMP FIRE WEST MICHIGAN & KENT REGIONAL 4C HAVE MERGED
Merger Brings Together As One Organization Two Pioneers in the Field of Early Childhood Education, Youth Development and Training for Child Care Providers
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – August 17, 2015 The merger of Camp Fire West Michigan and Kent Regional Community Coordinated Child Care (Kent Regional 4C) represents a significant step in the history of both organizations. It aligns their innovative, research-based, results-proven programs that provide quality care and essential learning activities to children from infants through teens as well as the various training classes for licensed and regulated child care providers, relative caregivers and day care aides.
Further, Camp Fire West Michigan 4C (its formal, new name) will continue as a sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program for child care and relative care providers in 26 counties throughout Michigan. The merger of these two organizations provides a seamless continuum of quality services and resources for those who support families’ efforts to educate and care for their children from birth through adolescence.
Driving the merger was the vision of creating an organization that could confidently offer best practice, quality improvement support to early childhood and out-of-school-time programs that serve infants through teens, as well as providing professional development training for early child care and education professionals. In doing so, they have gained the efficiencies and economies of scale possible when two like-minded, compatible organizations join forces to provide leadership, resources, services and education to create, improve and promote quality child care, youth programs, and training for child care providers.
Daniel Gerrity, Chairman of the new Camp Fire West Michigan 4C governing board said this about the merger: “This merger not only combines the services of two highly-esteemed, leading organizations in the field of early childhood development, education and child care provider training, it also joins their hearts and missions to continue to serve the children and families in this community in a stronger and greater capacity.”