Camp Fire West Michigan 4C
WHAT WE DO…
After School and Summer Programs
Camp Fire West Michigan 4C provides quality out-of-school time programming that helps youth find their spark, lift their voices and discover who they are in a safe, nurturing, skill building and academically cultivating environment. Camp Fire West Michigan 4C offers a program enriched with curricula (Camp Fire Trails, and THRIVE), and activities such as: arts, sports, social/emotional development, career/college prep, and service-learning field trips. Staff is highly trained and they mentor youth in setting goals, mapping out a plan of action, and allowing them to shape their world and thrive. Currently, Camp Fire West Michigan 4C programs are located at 11 sites in the Grand Rapids Public School District, serving approximately 1,300 youth and their families.
Early Childhood Provider and Youth Worker Training
Camp Fire West Michigan 4C trains both early childcare providers and youth workers on a variety of professional development topics based on best practices and current research that will increase positive assets, skills, knowledge and behavior when working with children. Providers receive training in four ways; face to face (classroom) classes, on-line (web-based), correspondence (through the mail), and/or individual coaching by our education specialists. Camp Fire West Michigan 4C has a catalog of 70 classes offered to providers both in Kent County and other counties throughout Michigan.
Pediatric CPR and First Aid (American Heart Association)
Camp Fire West Michigan 4C provides Pediatric CPR and First Aid certification training at our location and contracts with outside organizations, schools, and child care facilities to provide CPR and First aid training at their sites.
Annual Early Childhood Conference
Camp Fire West Michigan 4C offers an affordable day-long conference for 500 plus child care providers that offers them new information and skills to improve the care, quality and education they give to children and families. Besides expanding their professional development, providers also have a chance to renew themselves and earn CEU’s to continue the hard work of nurturing young children. Over 500 providers along with 60 plus presenters, exhibitors and staff came together for the 42nd Camp Fire West Michigan 4C Annual Conference in February of 2016. The 43rd Camp Fire West Michigan 4C Annual Conference will be held in February 2017.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Camp Fire West Michigan 4C is a Sponsor of the CACFP. It is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Michigan Department of Education. This nationwide program is designed to assist Child Care Providers in planning and helping to pay for nutritious meals/snacks served to children and adults in their care. We conduct unannounced visits to participating homes to provide nutrition education along with monitoring compliance. On average, 4,000 kids are fed daily in our program.