4Cs Home Ties and Crisis Child Care Programs

Home Ties:

4Cs Home Ties helps families in crisis by providing quality, short-term child care. Homeless and near homeless families, as well as those participating in Prelude, United Action for Youth, Community Mental Health programs, or other assistance programs, are eligible to receive up to 3 months of free child care so that they can:

  • Search for housing
  • Search for and interview for work
  • Continue with high school or college coursework

Children at the Home Ties center are cared for in a safe, nurturing environment. For more information, contact Alysia at 319-341-0050 or email  iowa4cshometies@yahoo.com.

Home Ties receives funding from Johnson County, Johnson County Empowerment,  The Child and Adult Care Food Program, The First Mennonite Church, United Way and many private contributors.


Crisis Child Care:

4Cs Crisis Child Care program provides short-term emergency care when parents are not able to provide regular care. The program's goal is to reduce the risk of child abuse and to reduce the need for foster care placements by providing temporary child care at no cost to the families in crisis.

Eligibility for this program requires that the children be birth - 17 years of age and lives in Johnson County. Care can be provided for a maximum of 72 hours per fiscal year.

Families are referred to the program by:

  • Department of Human Services
  • Law enforcement
  • Johnson County school districts
  • U of I Hopitals and Clinics or Mercy Hospital
  • Self-referrals

For more information about this program contact 4Cs at 319-341-0089 Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. After hours and weekends, contact Johnson County Crisis Center at 319-351-0140.