May 2017          
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 An Article about Child Care in the Business Section of the New York Times...
How Child Care Enriches Mothers, and Especially the Sons They Raise
As many American parents know, hiring care for young children during the workday is punishingly expensive, costing the typical family about a third of its income.

Helping parents pay for that care would be expensive for society, too. Yet recent studies show that of any policy aimed to help struggling families, aid for high-quality care has the biggest economic payoff for parents and their children - and even their grandchildren. MORE INFO

#2 Car Seat Safety
Car Seat Safety Information for families...
One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different seats on the market, many parents find this overwhelming. Read More   en español

#3 Child Care Scholarships Available
* 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

Did You Know...
Why Quality Child Care is Important for School Readiness...

What is the link between Quality Child Care and School Readiness? Read More

Benefits in Kindergarten & Elementary
Benefits in Middle & High
Benefits in Adulthood
 Improved school readiness skills
 Improved math and language ability
 Fewer cognitive and social issues
 Fewer behavior issues
 Less likely to be in special education
 Less likely to repeat a grade
 Less likely to enter
juvenile detention
 More likely to graduate
from high school
 More likely to be in a high-skilled job or
higher education at age 21
 Less likely to commit a crime or felony
 Less likely to rely on social assistance
programs (e.g., TANF, food stamps,

Health & Safety Corner

Sunscreen Safety: What to Know

Sunscreen ingredients, labels, and more.
Stocking up on sunscreen? We all know we're supposed to wear it every day, rain or shine, to lower our risk of skin cancer and help prevent premature signs of aging.

But picking one can be confusing. There are different types and different ingredients, and sunscreen labels are changing.

As if that weren't enough, you may have also heard warnings from some groups that some sunscreen ingredients are dangerous.
So what are you to make of all that? What about the risk of skin cancer? And what's in the bottle, anyway? Here are answers. Read More

~Child Care Needs Your Help~

Child Care CUT in NYS Budget
Even though only 17% of NYS lower-income families that are eligible for a child care subsidy currently receive one, $7 Million was cut from child care in the final budget. Another 900 children could be eliminated from the program.
Last year and again this year, advocates called for big increases in child care funding to help implement new federal regulations that improve safety and quality AND bring more children into the program.
We not only didn't succeed, we lost ground.
This cut in the state budget will undoubtedly be felt here in Westchester where programs are already struggling without a rate increase in years and parents are struggling with a co-pay stalled at 27%.
At the Council we will redouble our efforts to secure more funding for child care.   We need the help of every program and provider that cares for children and families.

What's Happening?
Make Magic Happen
Check out one of our 2017 Joey Award winners, Krystal Hill.
Krystal joined the child care community years ago and has "made magic" for so many young children by providing learning and support that will impact them forever.   
Our Westchester child care community "Makes Magic Happen" for thousands of our children each day.    If you had a magic wand, what would you do differently for our children?  Join us at our Annual  Awards Breakfast on Friday, May 19, 2017 as we recognize honorees for the Joey and the Champion for Children awards.  
Visit our website for further details.  
Special guest appearance by MagicDave.  Don't miss out on his performance. 
In This Issue
  • Silent Auction
  • School Readiness
  • Fun family activities
What's happening at the Council
2017 Annual Awards Breakfast 
"Make Magic Happen"
Friday, May 19, 2017
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, NY 
Council Office Closing:
Monday, May 29, 2017
2017 Annual Awards Breakfast 
"Make Magic Happen"
Place Your Bid!
Exciting news!  For the first time, and in conjunction with the Annual Awards Breakfast, the Council will conduct an online silent auction.  There are a variety of prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000.  The auction goes live on May 1, 2017 and ends on May 19, 2017.  
Check out the items now!
Register TODAY
Register on a mobile device
Special Days
Celebrating the Caregivers
It's Time to Say "Thank You"

In May, there are 2 special days to celebrate the wonderful, skilled individuals who educate and care for young children - occasions to say a special thank you to family and group family child care providers, teachers and directors in child care centers, and school age staff for the passion they bring to their jobs every day. Children thrive under their care and teaching.   
May 9, 2017 National Teacher Appreciation Day
May 12, 2017 National Provider Appreciation Day
Things To Do
Grasshopper Grove- 
May 14
Hudson Highlands Nature 
Museum Muser Drive 
across from 174 Angola Rd
Cromwell, Cornwall, NY More Info

Westchester Children's Museum @ Playland 
Amusement Park at 
100 Playland Parkway, Rye

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

INTO THE WOODS PLAY May 5th to 7th @
Broadway Training Center of Westchester
10 Washington Ave, 
Make your own book 
May 1st at 4pm 
@ The Field Library, 

Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 
CPSE/CSE Parent training
(845) 493-2902 

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers
5/27/17,  John C. Hart Library 
(914) 245-5262
What's Cooking
Blueberry Banana Bread

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3 ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour (or Bob's Redmill AP GF blend)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • baking spray

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 8 x 4 loaf pan with baking spray. 
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.
In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
Add flour mixture and blend at low speed until combined, do not over mix. Fold in the blueberries and pour batter into the prepared loaf pans; bake in the center rack for about 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let the pan cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.