Our team


Missie Forbes, Executive Director
Missie is a strong advocate for all things childcare, recognizing that short and long-term solutions are needed to ensure ALL children have access to quality and affordable childcare. She serves on the Johnson County Childcare Solutions Team to address these issues and finds other ways to address gaps in service and barriers to success for anyone interested in the field of early childhood education.

Email: missie@iowa4cs.com
Phone: 319-338-7684 ext. 102

Michele Fink-Shaffer, Childcare Workforce Development Director

Michele oversees the Childcare Workforce Development Program. She works with our consultants to identify ways in which we can support the childcare workforce–through creating networking opportunities, developing best business practices for programs to enusre success, and developing additional training opportunites to support the work.

Email: michele@iowa4cs.com
Phone: 319-338-7684 ext. 103

Jill Cryer, Childcare Workforce Development Consultant | Liz Retikis, Childcare Workforce Development Consultant

Jill and Liz work closely with providers in our Starting Strong Program to develop business plans and improve their programs to ensure quality and accessibility for all children in Johnson County. They work closely with those within the refugee and immigrant community to help them with their preservice training and is a part of the recruitment team, identifying childcare deserts in Johnson County and implementing recruitment strategies to identify individuals in those neighborhoods with interest in running their own child development homes.

Email: jill@iowa4cs.com  | liz@iowa4cs.com 
Liz Phone: 712-310-4800
Jill Phone: 319-338-7684 ext. 105

Elisha Hamm, Food Program Associate

Elisha supports home-based childcare programs that participate in the Child and Adult Food Program, which reimburses programs for serving nutritious meals.

Email: elisha@iowa4cs.com 
Phone: 319-338-7684 ext. 106

Terrie Doehrmann, Administrative Assistant
Terrie supports daily office activities, facilitates our Crisis Care program, and is responsible for fingerprinting for area childcare providers.

Email: assist@iowa4cs.com 
: 319-338-7684 ext. 101

Home Ties Child Care Center
Michele Fink Shaffer, Home Ties Director

As the center director. Michele is responsible for the overall functioning of Home Ties. Michele provides support to the families participating in the program, leadership to the staff, and ensures that the program meets all state licensing requirements.


Board of Directors

Brook Easton

Eric McCreedy

Clark McGuire

Jacklyn Fleagle

Ann Parker

Are you interested in serving on our board? Click the link to fill out the 4Cs Board of Directors Application.

For any questions please contact Missie at missie@4csiowa.com 

4Cs is grateful for the support of our work by the following funders

  • Johnson County Social Services
  • Johnson County Empowerment
  • United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties
  • University of Iowa
  • City of Iowa City
  • City of Coralville
  • City of North Liberty
  • Community Foundation of Johnson County
  • Community Partners Protecting Children
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