January 2018          
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Child Care Council News & Views
Stay tuned with what is happening at the Council and in the child care community.
#2 Looking for Hazards
As children are much smaller than adults, it is easy to overlook hazards which may be present to children.
 You should be aware for your child's child care environment. This can be done by getting low and looking from a child's perspective to see if any dangers exist in the child care space. Dangers may include low hanging holiday decorations, electrical cords, tip-over hazards, small toys that may be a choking hazard, etc. 

#3 Join the Empire State Campaign for Child Care 

In last year's NYS budget negotiations, child care funding was reduced by $7 million - at a time when advocates were calling for sizeable increases. This completely unexpected cut triggered a lot of positive activity in the Assembly, particularly among women legislators. It also triggered the creation of a new statewide coalition focused on improving child care access and strengthening the industry - the Empire State Campaign for Child Care.
We have been a working part of this Campaign since its inception last summer. We believe it will take a concerted statewide effort to secure the increased child care funding that's needed. We urge you to join the campaign. You do not have to be a parent to join, simply someone who understands that access to safe, quality child care makes a profound difference for children, parents, and communities. Just click here and add your name.
Health & Safety Corner

Cold Weather 
Safety Tips
Children are more vulnerable than adults to the effects of cold weather. Read and share these tips with staff and parents to keep children safe, healthy, and warm this winter.

Sleeping Safely in Any Season
  • Keep babies' cribs free of stuffed animals and extra blankets. A firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet is all that an infant needs to sleep safely.
    If you are worried about keeping babies warm, dress them in a wearable blanket, also known as a sleep sack.
Bundle Up!
  • Children are at greater risk for frostbite than adults. The best way to prevent frostbite is to make sure children dress warmly and don't spend too much time outside in extreme weather.
  • Dress children in layers of warm clothing. If the top layer gets wet, they will still have a dry layer underneath.
  • Tuck scarves inside coats and jackets to prevent them from becoming strangulation hazards.
  • Car seats and winter coats don't mix. Bulky coats can compress in a crash and create a loose car seat harness. Instead, lay the jacket or blanket over children once you've safely strapped them into your car seat.
Keeping Healthy Outdoors
  • There's no set amount of time for children to play outside safely when the weather is cold. Use your best judgment. When the cold becomes unpleasant, it's time to go inside.
  • If you are unsure if weather conditions are safe for outdoor play, check the Child Care Weather Watch Chart 
  • Have children come indoors periodically to prevent hypothermia or frostbite. A temperature of zero degrees Fahrenheit and a wind speed of 15mph creates a wind chill temperature of -19 degrees Fahrenheit. Under these conditions, frostbite can occur in just 30 minutes.
  • Frost nip is an early warning sign of frostbite. The skin may feel numb or tingly or appear red (on lighter skin).
  • To prevent frostbite, check that mittens and socks are dry and warm. Frostbite occurs mostly on fingers, toes, ears, noses, and cheeks. The affected area becomes very cold, firm, and, depending on the color of the skin, turns white, yellowish-gray, or gray.
Even though it's cold outside, it's important to use sunscreen and stay hydrated. Children are more likely than adults to become dehydrated. 
Regulation Corner
Please be aware child care programs must ensure that each child in care for more than four hours a day receives a nutritious meal. In addition, each child in care for more than ten hours a day must receive a minimum of two nutritious meals. 
Did You Know...
The Council is Here for You!
Resources & Referrals!
Financial Help!
After School Care too!
Call us at 
914-761-3456 ext 140,  
email us at  referrals@cccwny.org
Our FREE Services are:
  • Consultation with a trained Counselor
  • 24/7 search for child care
  • Information to help pay for child care
  • Guidelines to choose a quality child care program
  • Resources to Camps
  • Checklist for your visits
And much, much more...
In This Issue
  • Advocate for Child Care
  • Winter Safety Tips
  • Child Care Regulations
  • Fun family activities
What's happening at the Council
2018 Annual Awards Breakfast
Friday, May 18, 2018
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, New York
More details to follow in early 2018
5 0th Anniversary Party
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Elmsford, New York
More details to follow in early 2018
Council Office Closing:
All Day
Monday, January 15, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
Things To Do
January 17th is Inventors Day

On January 17, invent with your kids! 
Explain to them what inventing is, and let them freely choose to invent something with these suggested items:
  • Pool Noodles
  • Boxes

  • Blocks

  • Straws

  • Cups

  • Popsicle Sticks

  • Paper Towel Rolls

  • Yarn

Winter Farm Tours

: S
aturdays and Sundays from Jan. 6th
to Jan. 28th 
Where : Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills
Cost : Free

Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 
Yonkers Parent Skills Coaching
3/6/18 to 4/10/18
(914) 964-2063  

Mount Vernon Parent Skills Coaching
3/3/18 to 3/17/18
(914) 667-9369 

Family Empowerment Advocacy Series
2/28,3/21,4/16; Hudson Valley DDSO 220 White Plains RD, Tarrytown 
(845) 305-8817 
What's Cooking
Whole Wheat Pancakes

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp fat free milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cooking spray
1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add wet ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well with a spoon until there are no more dry spots; don't over-mix.
2. Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Lightly spray oil to coat and pour 1/4 cup of the pancake batter. When the pancake starts to bubble, you may add your fruit if you wish. When the bubbles settle and the edges begin to set, flip the pancakes. Repeat with the remainder of the batter. Makes 14 pancakes.