June 2017          
   914.761.3456
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Last Chance to Apply for a Child Care Scholarship...
* Must be living in Westchester, income eligible, working full time and utilizing child care full time. 
* Must use an approved OCFS regulated child care program/provider. 
Due May 30,2017

Family Size Scholarship Income Levels
2 $32,481 - $53,592
3 $40,841 - $62,485
4 $49,201 - $66,420
5 $57,561 - $77,706

#2 Are you Ready for Camp? 
Camp is a great place for children to unlock their potential and discover the world. This special environment helps young people develop positive self-esteem and enhance their social skills while having fun!

It is important to know children's personalities and identify what camp programs will benefit them most. When looking at camps, include your child in the decision-making process. By working together, you and your child will find a camp experience that will be cherished for a lifetime.
 
Some camps have structured programs where camp staff schedules all campers' activities. Others are more flexible, allowing campers to choose some or all of their daily activities.
 
Most camps have a wide assortment of outdoor activities, sports, and games. Many camps offer specialized programs in aquatics, hiking, horseback riding, and the performing arts. 

#3 Immigration Assistance
Immigration Assistance is Available
Asistencia de inmigración está disponible

Immigration law is one of the most complicated areas, if not the most complicated area of law in the United States.  Many people do not understand how complicated this area of law is nor do they understand how important it is to seek professional advice. 
 
Westchester County understands this matter and has many resources available for you. 
 
 
Servicios de Immigracion 
Did You Know...
The Council is Here for You!
Resources & Referrals!
Financial Help!
Summer Care too!

Call us at 
914-761-3456 ext 140,  
or
 
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...
Health & Safety Corner

Sun Safety

The weather is getting warmer and children now have more time to play outside. Warm sunny days are wonderful, but children can be especially vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation. With the opportunity to have increased time to be outdoors, we must also be aware of the importance of sun safety.
 
As more young children are cared for in child care programs, child care providers need to evaluate their sun-protection policies and procedures. All child care programs need to make certain that children are protected from the sun while enjoying the outdoors.
 
Children are at greater risk to sun exposure because the outer layer of skin is thinner and they have more skin relative to their body mass. Therefore, a sunburn will cover more area and be more harmful. Sunburns are more than uncomfortable; they are also a major risk factor for melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer. The risk of skin cancer from sun exposure is significantly increased by time spent in the sun during childhood. Therefore, child care programs and parents need to work together to practice sun safety.
 
Children's Corner

The Many Benefits of Messy Play

Childhood is supposed to be messy. Children learn by exploring the world with all of their senses. To touch something is the way they learn about objects. Hands-on experiences with a variety of materials is crucial for their learning.
 
If parents feel uncomfortable with the mess, tell them "the dirtier your child gets at school, the better reader they will become."
 
Yes, messy materials can be a challenge for teachers. But there is a huge difference between children making a mess (which they certainly can do) and children getting messy. Children learn from getting messy and with the right water/sand table, bins, and drop cloths, you can use these materials to provide a wide variety of learning experiences for children of all ages. Soap and water clean it all off at the end of the day.
 
What exactly do children learn from getting messy? 
 
Click here, to read more
 

What's Happening?
Join the Council at Lakeshore
FREE Kids Fun Activity 
June 4th
 
Where:
Lakeshore Store - Scarsdale
Midway Shopping Center
969-A Central Park Ave.
Scarsdale, NY 10583
914-472-1820
 
When:
Sunday, June 4, 12pm - 2pm
 


Make Magic Happen
 
 
We welcomed 276 guests at our Annual Awards 
Br eakfast on Friday, May 19th, presented by teleNetwork and dixonschwabl.

In addition to hearing about the accomplishments and inspirations of our Champions for Children and Joey Award winners, highlights included entertainment from magician David Ferst aka "MagicDave"; our first-ever online silent auction; a visit from County Executive Rob Astorino; and a live broadcast by Westchester Talk Radio, which will be available soon!

A tremendous "thank you" to all of the attendees, sponsors, award winners and supporters who helped make the event so special - for recognizing the importance of creating a better future for Westchester's children through quality early care and education.

Stay tuned for event photos...coming soon to the Council's Facebook page!
In This Issue
  • Summer Care
  • Immigration Assistance
  • Sun Safety
  • Join us at Lakeshore on June 4th 
What's happening at the Council
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Council Office Closing:
All Day
Monday, May 29, 2017
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
 
Early Closings (closes at 3pm)
Friday, May 26, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Friday, September 1, 2017
Special Days
Get Muddy on International Mud Day
 

International Mud Day is a day for children and early childhood professionals - and anyone else - all over the world to celebrate nature, outdoors, and mess by getting  really, really muddy.
 
Join children and adults across the globe on this day of celebration to grow awareness and honor the goodness of life experienced when children connect with full body sensory play.
 
And then get muddy EVERY DAY!!
 
Mud play is not only fun - it has as much potential for learning as sand play, water play, and playing with playdough. 
Things To Do
Meaningful Art Projects Parents Can Fit into a Busy Day

Play in a Puddle on a Rainy Day

Yonkers Community Health & Wellness Expo 2017 on Sunday June 11th from 1:00pm -4:00pm at the Yonkers Riverfront Library: 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers NY 10701.

Fridays from May to 
October , children can
 explore the Discovery 
Centers and help 
volunteer s collect eggs 
from the chicken coop. 
Starting at 1pm. @ 
John Jay Homestead 
at 400 Jay St., Katonah

Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 

Raising Healthy Childin the Digital Age
6/9/17 at 11:30am
WIHD Cedarwood Hall 20 Hospital Oval West, Valhalla.

Guiding Preschool Children to Better Behavior
6/27/17
914-761-3456 x 139 
@ Mount Kisco Library

What's Cooking
Make Pasta with your Children
Fresh broccoli and strawberries are colorful additions to this refreshing summer delight. Lemon dressing brings a bright flavor to this pasta dish.


INGREDIENTS:
  • 3/4 cup orzo pasta (uncooked)
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli (chopped)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (diced)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or honey)
  •  poppy seeds (1 teaspoon, optional)
Directions:
1. Cook orzo pasta according to directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
2. In a large bowl, combine orzo pasta, broccoli, strawberries, and sunflower seeds. Drizzle with lemon poppy seed vinaigrette and toss to combine.
3. Season with salt and pepper. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Enjoy!