March 2017          
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Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 FREE Tax Preparation 
Westchester County offers free tax preparation assistance throughout the County until April 18th.  


#2 Tax Credits/Refunds for Working Families
Child Tax Credit (CTC) for Working Families...  
is a refundable federal tax credit which can be worth up to $1000 per qualifying child. It does not count as income in determining eligibility for other benefit programs. You may be eligible for the credit even if you owe no income taxes. The credit is used first to eliminate any income tax owed. If there is an amount remaining after the taxes are paid, all or part will be refunded to you. For More Info go to IRS website 
 
Earned Income Tax Credit...  reduces the amount of taxes you owe, increases your income, and does not affect other public assistance benefits. For More Info go to IRS website 
 
Child/Dependent Care Credit...  is a refundable tax benefit that helps pay for the child care you need in order to work or look for work. It reduces the amount of federal income tax you pay by lowering the amount you owe. Anything left over after your taxes are paid will be refunded to you in a check. If you are eligible you can expect to receive 20-35% of child/dependent care expenses depending on income. For More Info go to IRS website 
 
New York State Tax Credit...  is a refundable tax credit offered on the state level. Even if you owe no taxes, you can still get a refund! For More Info go to NYS website 
 
For More Information go to:
IRS 1-800-829-1040 or www.irs.gov for federal info or www.tax.ny.gov for state credit details. 
#3   Oh My.... What Will I Do For the Summer? 
Stop Don't worry the Council is here to help...

Call us at 
914-761-3456 ext 140,  
or
  email us at  referrals@cccwny.org




Our FREE Services are:
  • Consultation with a trained Counselor
  • Online child care search
  • Information to help pay for child care
  • Guidelines to choose a quality child care program
  • Checklist for your visits
  • And much, much more...
Did You Know...
Taxes and Child Care

In
 order to claim your child and dependent care expenses on your taxes you need to have the appropriate information from each person or organization that provides care for your child. This includes their name, address and tax identification number (TIN). This could be their social security number or federal ID #.


Best Practice: Ask your provider when you first start care to complete Form W-10. Also, have an open conversation and agreement about claiming your child care expenses on your taxes.
  
What your provider should know: There is a penalty for failure to furnish TIN. TINs are needed to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the United States Section 6109(a) which requires a provider of dependent care services to give to parents/guardians a valid TIN, even if the provider isn't required to file a return. The IRS uses the TIN to identify the provider and verify the accuracy of the provider's return as well as yours. A care provider who doesn't give you his or her correct TIN is subject to a penalty for each failure unless the failure is due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. This penalty doesn't apply to an organization described in section 501(c)(3).

What if my provider will not give me their TIN for my taxes?
You need to be able to show the IRS that you used due diligence in trying to get the required information. You can show due diligence by getting and keeping in your records any one of the following: 
  • A Form W-10 properly completed by the provider. 
  • A copy of the provider's social security card or driver's license that includes his or her social security number. 
  • A recently printed letterhead or printed invoice that shows the provider's name, address, and TIN. 
  • A copy of your dependent care statement provided by your employer under the plan. 
  • If the provider is your household employee and he/she gave you a properly completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, to have income tax withheld, a copy of that Form W-4.
If your care provider doesn't comply with your request for one of these items, you must still report certain information on your Form 2441. For details, see the Form 2441 instructions

#GetSmartChildCare
Children's Corner
Children's Books that Empower Girls 
(and Boys)

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Children learn so much from books. Wonderful children's books take children to new worlds and introduce important ideas even to the youngest. In honor of Women's History Month, below you will find a list of terrific books to inspire children's futures.

Health & Safety Corner
Influenza (Flu) Season
 
 Cases of Seasonal Flu Have Reached Epidemic Levels
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cases of the seasonal flu have reached epidemic levels across the United States. The most recent Weekly Surveillance Report reported nine influenza-associated pediatric deaths.
 
Influenza is a contagious disease that easily spreads every winter, usually between October and May. It can cause mild to severe illness that may result in hospitalizations and at times can lead to death. Each year an average of more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications. The Department of Health recommends that everyone six months of age or older receive flu vaccination. Since the flu can spread through coughing or sneezing, it is also important that family members, and child care providers who regularly come into contact with children to get vaccinated.
 
It's not too late to get the flu vaccine. The CDC recommends flu vaccination for anyone that has not been vaccinated.   
 
To learn how the flu spreads, click here,
 
To learn more about Influenza symptoms and complications, click here,
 
 
Please see below for additional information in Spanish:

Advocacy 
~Child Care Needs Your Help~
 Governor's Budget Has NO New Child Care Subsidy Funding - Service Cuts Could Be on the Way 
 
Only 17% of NYS lower-income families that are eligible for a child care subsidy receive one.   
 
Contracted Westchester child care and after school programs haven't had a rate increase in years.
 
New federal regulations that make child care safer and higher quality are not being implemented in NYS.
 
It's time for NYS to make child care funding a priority.  
 
We have been meeting with the Westchester State Delegation and in Albany to get more child care funding.  To let the Governor and your state legislators know that child care is important to you, send a letter.   


 

In This Issue
  • Taxes & Child Care
  • Empowering Children's Books
  • The Flu Epidemic 
  • Fun family activities
What's happening at the Council
Wine Tasting
March 2017, more details coming soon

2017 Spring Conference for Family/Group Family Child Care Providers 
Saturday, April 22, 2017... Treat your caregiver to a wonderful day of training. 

2017 Annual Awards Breakfast 
"Make Magic Happen"
Friday, May 19, 2017
8:00am-10:00am
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, NY 
 
 
Council Office Closing:
Monday, May 29, 2017
Do you have a child in a Family Provider Home? If so, send them to an ALL DAY training.. ..
2017 Family / Group Family Conference 
Saturday, April 22
in Ossining
BOOK DRIVE
March 15th to 
April 28th 
Donate Books to 
The Council at 
313 Central Park Ave
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Each year we collect thousands of new and gently used books for children that are distributed to child care programs through out the county.   
Things To Do
Saturday Specials at the Chappaqua Library
 
Saturday, March 19, 1:30-2:30pm. 
Free for all ages, however registration is required.
 
Chappaqua Library
195 South Greeley Avenue
Chappaqua, NY 10504
Teaching Trails
Teaching Trails is a guided trail experience through the woodland forest. "Trail Ninjas" provide information on trees, plants, wildlife and seasonal changes. Lets see what's going on in the winter woods! Free for all ages and reservations are not required.
 
Dates: March 5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 
Time: 11:30am
 
Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dromore Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914)723-3470
The average child will use more than 2,700 diapers in the first year alone, which can add up to more than $550!  Westchester County provides diapers for families in need for FREE. 
 
Click here to learn more

Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 

Yonkers Parent Skills Coaching  
Tuesdays in March 
(914) 964-2063
 
Training for Parents with Children with Special Needs ~ en Español
OSSINING ENTRENAMIENTO DE HABILIDADES PARA PADRES 
Martes de marzo
(914) 941-3461

Mount Vernon Parent Skills Coaching 
Saturdays in March
(914) 667-9369

10 Basic Financial Steps for Special Needs Caregivers
March 8th, White Plains
(845) 228-7457 ext. 1102 
More Info

The 8th Annual Hispanic Parents Leadership Conference on Special Education
March 9th, Purchase
(914) 323-5482
Job Openings At the Council
We're looking for a Few Good Women & Men
 
Come work at the Child Care Council and make a difference in the life of a child. We currently have the following openings:



 

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What's Cooking
Broccoli Chicken Brown Rice Salad
 
 
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cub dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cooked chicken breasts cut into small chunks
  • 1 cup small broccoli florets, cooked tender crisp
DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, toss together the rice, broccoli, chicken and cranberries. Pour the canola oil and orange juice in, season with salt and ground black pepper. Serve with unsweetened applesauce and milk. Makes enough for 4-6 servings, depending on age and appetite.

Extras: Use a brown rice and wild rice blend for extra texture. Use 2 Tbsp. raisins for the same amount of dried cranberries for a sweet-tart mix. You can also substitute 1/4 cup of bottled dressing instead of making your own.

Kids can: Measure the ingredients, stir the salad.
Time to Celebrate
 


CCCW Board President Craig Ruoff, Board members Rob K
issner, Jeff Samuelson and Korey Kross, Executive Director
Kathy Halas, and TD Bank representatives Steve Moroney,
Chris Galayda and Adam Kintish.


In December, TD Bank hosted a fun, free event celebrating the Council's 2016 Giving Tuesday campaign where we raised more than $22,000 in just one day. A special thanks to our Board of Directors and TD Bank for making this year's #GivingTuesday campaign such a success! Thank you