August 2017          
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#2  Summer  Vacation Boredom Busters
 Feel like you're running out of ideas to keep your kids entertained in the dog days of summer? Look no further. Dozens of cool, crafty, and creative ideas for kids of all ages are easy to download, stream, read, and share.   Read More

#1 Fun thing to do with the family... Screening Under the Stars
Westchester County Parks and Sharc Events present Entergy Screening Under The Stars. The Child Care Council of Westchester is a sponsor for this event, and we would love to see you there!
Stop by our booth to say hello, receive a treat, and have your child's face painted (FREE).

Friday, August 18, 2017
6:00pm entertainment, movie starts at dusk
Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Road, Valhalla NY
#3 When You're Ready to Think About After School Care...
The Council is Here for You!
Resources & Referrals!
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  • 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...
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Children's Corner

August is Family Fun Month
August is Family Fun Month. C elebrate Family Fun Month with some special activities.
Some Ideas:
Health & Safety Corner

Lead Safety and Prevention

There have been recent reports of elevated lead levels found in certain schools' drinking water.  According to the CDC, today at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. In the United States, there are approximately half a million children ages 1 - 5 with blood lead above 5 micro-grams, which is the level the CDC recommends public health actions to begin.
Children are exposed to lead from different sources, such as paint, gasoline, solder, consumer products and through different pathways, such as air, food, water, dust, and soil. Although there are several exposure sources, lead-based paint is the most widespread and dangerous high-dose source of lead exposure for young children. Lead hazards in a child's environment must be identified and controlled or removed safely. Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell.
Children under the age of 6 years old are especially at risk for lead poisoning because they are developing so rapidly and tend to put their hands or other objects into their mouths, which may be contaminated with lead dust.

As per NYS law, a blood lead test is required at 1 and 2 years of age and whenever risk of lead poisoning is likely. 

What parents need to know, Lead Poisoning is a Danger for every baby and child - Here's what you should know , click here

If you think your child has been in contact with lead, contact the child's health care provider or department of health. He or she can help decide whether to test the child's blood. A blood lead test is the only way to find out if the child has a high lead level. Most children with high levels of lead in their blood have no symptoms.

To read Know the Facts: Fact sheet with general lead poisoning prevention information, click here
To read Keeping Your Family Safe from Lead Follow: Tips to reduce children's exposure to Lead (English & Spanish), click here

The following link is to the Westchester County Government site, it has several resources on lead, prevention, learning about recent recalls, etc.

In This Issue
  • National Family Fun Month
  • Things to Do
  • Lead safety
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Monday, September 4, 2017
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Friday, September 1, 2017
Parent Education
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Because I said so, that's why!
9/16/17 10am
John C. Hart Memorial Library/Shrub Oak

Homework Dilemmas
9/25/17 4 pm
 Mount Kisco Public Library
What's Cooking
Zucchini Rollatini

Zucchini Rollatini is a delicious, cheesy, veggie-loaded dish! Made with strips of grilled zucchini stuffed with a basil-cheese filling, then rolled and topped with marinara, mozzarella, and baked in the oven until the cheese is hot and melted. 
  • 2 large (14oz each) zucchini, cut lengthwise into 12 (1/4inch thick) slices
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup quick marinara sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese (I like Polly-O)
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup (3oz) shredded mozzarella (I like Polly-O)
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spread 1/4 cup marinara sauce on the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking dish.
2. Cut the zucchini lengthwise, into 1/4inch thick slices until you have a total of 12 slices about the same size. The easiest way to do this is with a mandolin. My mandolin is from OXO.
3. Season both sides of the zucchini with 1/2 tsp salt and pepper, then grill on a grill pan over high heat to help dry out the zucchini until pliable and grill marks form, but not fully cooked. (About 2 minutes on each side.)
4. In a medium bowl, beat the egg then mix together ricotta, Pecorino Romano, basil, garlic, 1/8 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
5. Spread the ricotta mixture (about 1 1/2 tablespoons each) evenly onto each zucchini slice, spreading to cover.
6. Roll up slices and arrange them each seam side down in the prepared dish. Top each with 1tbsp marinara sauce and 1tbsp mozzarella cheese. Lightly cover with foil.
7. Bake 20 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and melted.