December 2018  
Parent Connections

Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Children Need To Be Immunized
It is the Council's belief, as well as that of the Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Department of Health, that all children should be vaccinated and remain current with their vaccinations by following the  current r ecommended immunization schedule. 
While a recent potential case in Westchester turned out not to be measles, there has been a measles outbreak in nearby Rockland County and in NYC.  Measles is very contagious and can be dangerous for anyone who is not vaccinated.  We urge you to take steps now: check with your doctor about your own and your children's vaccine status and make sure that immunizations are up-to-date for all children and staff in your program.
Call Elissa Guzzardi, Director of Health Care Consultant Services at 914-761-3456 ext. 154 for more info.

#2  Why This Toy? 
Why are toys important for young children?

Play is essential to babies, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. Children need plenty of opportunities to play with a variety of good toys and materials and use their imagination. We need to respect and understand more about the world of play and its great value for all babies and children (and adults as well). Toys are an important part of every child's life. It is a wonderful feeling to give the right toy. Choosing the right toy from among the many possibilities can be very rewarding to both adult and child.

#3 Child Care in the 2019 County Budget 
In the most challenging of budgets, the County Executive and the Board of Legislators helped both child care programs and parents by adding funding to increase subsidy reimbursement rates and open up some Title XX slots to hard-working families. 
We thank not only County Executive George Latimer and the Westchester County Board of Legislators for their support of child care in a tough budget, but also the hundreds of parents who participated in our "Calls for Kids" County Budget initiative funded by the Westchester Community Foundation. We were able to visit 14 programs throughout Westchester to engage parents in advocating for increased child care funding, and clearly their message got through!
2019 Child Care Council Public Policy Agenda
All parents have access to affordable, quality early care and education options that enable them to work and advance in their careers and launch their children for success in school and life, so that Westchester has a skilled and productive workforce today and tomorrow.  
Child care programs reach and sustain high quality levels, able to retain and keep motivated, skilled and fairly compensated professionals and enhance the development and lives of our children. 

Children's Corner
Picture Books and Board Books that Celebrate Differences

"The world is a diverse place. It's packed full of people living dramatically different lives even within the same neighborhood or classroom. In order to raise kids in this world we need to teach them about people outside of their immediate family. On the other hand, some kids grow up not seeing themselves, or their family, represented in any of the books they read or the TV shows and movies they watch" -Danika Ellis
... research "shows that children who grow up with people who don't look like them develop a rich curiosity about diversity that remains with them throughout life... Perhaps rather than an Achievement Gap we should be thinking about a Diversity Gap since as the world becomes more diverse it will be increasingly important for children to find a way to feel comfortable with new experiences." Jane Timmons-Mitchell Ph.D.
Books open up the world to children. Beautiful stories help them to understand the world around them and the people in it. They can see themselves and feel a part of their community.  Click Here to see some wonderful books that celebrate our differences and how we are the same. 

Health Corner
Measles Nearby in Rockland County and NYC

Measles can be dangerous to babies and young children. 
Measles is a serious respiratory disease that causes a rash and fever. It is very contagious. You can catch it just by being in a room where someone with measles coughed or sneezed.
What happens if a child with measles is in child care?   
  •  The child diagnosed with measles must stay home until cleared by the local department of health or their health care provider. 
  • Program/provider must report case to: 
    •  local health department
    •  licensor or registrar
  • Program/provider must notify all parents/guardians and program staff.
  • Parents and staff need to monitor children for any symptoms
  • Ensure immunizations are up-to-date for all children and staff. ALERT
  • Consult health department for children who have not received the measles vaccine. The children may not be allowed to attend care.
  • The department of health may require the program to close until proper cleaning and follow other requirements. 

#Giving Tuesday Report
We raised over $55,000 for Child Care Scholarships in 2018!
100% of these donations will fund child care scholarships. Thank you for contributing to this campaign with your #GivingTuesday gift!
Every milestone these children meet now, and every accomplishment they achieve later in life, will have its roots in your generosity.
Didn't have the opportunity to give in 2018 and would like to contribute?
Click Here  to support the Council's Key to the Future Fund!
Did You Know...
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Call us at 
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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
  • Checklist for your visits
And much, much more...
In This Issue
  • Immunization
  • Things to Do
  • Benefits of the right Toy
  • Celebrate Differences
What's happening at the Council
Celebrate a Great Year

Council staff celebrated a wonderful season and year at our end of the year luncheon. We are so lucky to have a staff that appreciates and respects each other, and works together to support the mission of the Council. 

We thank our amazing supporters and our fabulous Board of Directors for helping us have such a great year!

Council's Newsletters

Stay tuned with what is happening at the Council and in the child care community. 
View our website for more news. 
Newsletter Archive
Raise a Glass 
Annual Wine Tasting
Vino 100
171 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
April 11, 2019
Council Office Closings 
All Day
Monday, December 31, 2018
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Friday, January 18, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019

We're looking for a few good women & men

Come to work at the Child Care Council and make a difference in the life of a child.  We currently have the following openings:  
For more information contact Juanita Pope at 914-761-3456 ext. 106 or

Things To Do
Kids Workshop: Easel with Whiteboard

Saturday, Jan. 5, 9am-12pm
Home Depot
For more information  
Toddlers' Tuesday Morning Storytime

Tuesdays 11am 
(Jan 1 to Jan 29)
Barnes and Noble
For more information 

Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 
Community Resources
  Early Childhood Direction Center
Is pleased to offer...

The Lower Hudson ECDC Facebook group!
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United Way's 2-1-1 call specialists can give you information about things such as:
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  • Mental health services
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  • Services for people with disabilities
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Sometimes a little help can go along way. 

If you struggle with having enough to eat, there is help. 

Feeding Westchester sources and distributes food all throughout Westchester. 
Agency Locator , helps you find the closest feeding program to meet your needs. 
Mobile Food Pantry Schedule , helps you find mobile food deliveries in your area
 Network Feeding List, is a list of feeding partners throughout Westchester  
Learn more: 

What's Cooking
Crunchy Breakfast Tacos

  • 8 hard corn taco shells
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning with salt or chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican-style cheese blend
  • 3 or 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup salsa or taco sauce
  • 1 cup shredded romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • Sliced black olives and sour cream for serving
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Warm the taco shells on a baking sheet, about 5 mins.
2.  Crack the eggs into a bowl, add taco seasoning and whisk well. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium/high heat. Melt the butter in skillet, add eggs and reduce heat to low. Cook the eggs, stirring regularly to break them up until set, 3 to 4 mins.
3.  Line the center of each taco shell with 2 tablespoons of the scrambled eggs. Top with some cheese, scallions, lettuce, and a spoonful of salsa. Garnish with tomatoes and olives, and sour cream on the side. 


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