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The mission of People Care 4 Day Care, Inc., a nonprofit organization, is to enrich the day care experience with positive values and character building activities. Our goal is to initiate positive life patterns and role models based on non-violence, anger management, negotiation skills, and self worth. We believe that these directions will provide strong educational, personal, and social foundations for each child. It is our intent to offer financial support for program development, as well as vouchers for economically challenged families. Our primary goal is to help children become school ready, in every way.
People Care 4 Day Care ("pc4dc") was founded in 2006 by Ralph Tyko ("Zig"). A resident of Alameda City, Zig noticed the lack of support services for daycare centers throughout the city and successfully began a campaign of addressing the need for underprivileged children to experience a positive daycare environment. He envisioned a network of support services for daycare centers throughout Alameda and began by providing emergency health and dental care to children of single and battered mothers residing in shelters.
Children serviced by pc4dc have never seen the inside of the dental office and their teeth demonstrate their lack of a regular check up. Currently, there are 4,057 children between the ages of 0-4 in Alameda: 14 percent Hispanic, 40 percent White, 7 percent African America, 26 percent Asian, 2 percent Other, 11 percent two races or more. 21 percent of these children are living 200 percent below the poverty level for the City of Alameda. 59 percent of the parents of these children are either single working parents or are both working parents. 1 Mothers are supported by pc4dc by giving their children a safe place to reside while they work to recover from drug, emotional or physical abuse during their weekly shelter meetings.
Pc4dc envisions daycare centers where children flourish intellectually, emotionally, and physically. To address all of these components pc4dc has begun to work on providing each daycare center in Alameda with brand new, age appropriate books, teach age appropriate socialization skills to children who feel the need to protect themselves from physical, emotional or verbal abuse, and teach children about the differences between their snacks and meals.
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