May 2019              
#1 - Measles Cases are Growing
There are now 10 confirmed cases of measles in Westchester County. The lower Hudson Valley and parts of New York City are currently experiencing a measles outbreak.    Make sure the children in your care are protected from getting measles -  Click here , to learn more. 

#2 - Save Lives - Heartsaver CPR and First Aid 
The American Heart Association reports that 70% of Americans have not had a CPR class, and do not know how what to do if a person experiences cardiac arrest or a cardiac emergency. Since almost 90% of cardiac arrests occur at home where immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation is needed, it is essential to learn how to perform CPR that can save the life of a loved one or family member.  It's also important to learn the basics of First Aid because those emergencies often occur at home, at work or during child care hours.  Taking our Heartsaver CPR and First Aid training, offered every month, might make all the difference.  The next training is May 4th 2019. 

To sign up, just Click here.
#3 - Child Care Scholarships are Available 
We are happy to offer our Key to the Future Scholarships to qualifying parents.  If you know a parent who may not be eligible for the child care subsidy through the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS) he/she may qualify for a scholarship. Our 2019-2020 scholarship applications are available on our website.  For more information, just click here  Key to the Future Scholarships.
Early Step Forward Initiative

All over the U.S., preschoolers are more apt to be expelled than school-aged children. Westchester's Early Step Forward Initiative, now 13 years old, shows it's possible to keep young children in their child care programs, and cost-effective too! 

Join us to hear about this amazing collaboration of government, licensed mental health agencies, early childhood/Head Start programs, parents, and advocates.

Monday, June 10th
Greenburgh Public Library
8:30 Registration/Breakfast
9:00 Program
Free/Registration Required. 
Welcome 2019 Members!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to those centers, group family and family providers, individuals, and organizations that have joined our membership or renewed a previous membership! We are happy to have all of your support and we are eager to serve you!

Our membership is still open! If you are interested in receiving the many benefits for the 2019 year, please join us! For more information contact Juanita Pope at

Visit our  website to see a full list of our current 2019 members.
to our Latest CDA  Students
To Earn the CDA Credential 

These early childhood professionals completed a Child Care Council CDA course and then went on to receive the Child Development Associate Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC. They have worked hard to improve their skills and knowledge of working with young children. The children in their care, their parents, and their programs are very fortunate to have such dedicated professionals working with them.
  • The Council's In-person Preschool CDA class:
    • Taylor Bradley
  • The Council's In-person Spanish CDA class:
    • Carmen Minier
For more info on the Council's CDA classes or the CDA Credential, please go to:
This should provide all the info you need.   If you are interested in pursuing, complete the form at the end, which will help us determine next steps for you. 
If you have received information before, please email
We Raised a Glass for the Council!

What a great night! Thank you to everyone who attended the Council's 5th annual wine event last week! A special thank you to  VINO 100  for hosting, Pax Romana  for the delicious food, and Westchester Talk Radio  for conducting live interviews throughout the night (check out the podcast,  here !) 
We were thrilled to see so many new faces and steadfast supporters. For more pictures from the event, head over to our Facebook page or view our complete event photo gallery  here
Celebrate the Caregivers!

Two Special Days to Say "Thank You"

May 7th, 2019
Teacher Appreciation Day

May 10th, 2019
Provider Appreciation Day

 Sneak Peek of our Summer Training Calendar
Don't miss our great summer trainings. We are excited to offer the following classes:
  • Art for All Ages - Show & Tell (at Westchester Community College)
  •  Promoting Wellness Practices to Promote Wellbeing
  • Project Learning Tree: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood (at the Bronx Botanical Garden)
The full Summer Training Calendar and registration will be available in early May. 
 Health Tip

Medication Administration Certification

Beyond having a Health Care Plan, we recommend that all providers become approved through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to administer medication to children in a child care setting. To do so, you will need to compete a Medication Administration Training Course, among other things.

Click here, to learn more. 

Regulations Reminder: 416.14(m)-CPR and First Aid


All child day care programs must have at least one caregiver, who holds a valid certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid, on the premise of the childcare program during the program's operating hours.

The Week of the Young Child 

We had a great time celebrating the Week of the Young. We enjoyed presenting story time, surveying everyone for their " Favorite Children's Book" and sharing our favorite books on Facebook. We are looking forward to participating again next year. 

What's your favorite children's book?  Share it here!

Visit our website to see our growing list of " Westchester's Favorite Children's Books"!  You can also learn about how you can help put these wonderful books in the hands of children by supporting our Annual Book Drive. 
An Amazing Annual 
Infant Toddler Conference

Our 2019 Spring Infant Toddler Conference on Saturday, April 13th drew 78 infant and toddler educators including those who work with child care centers and family and group family child care programs. The theme of the conference was Supporting Young Children.  

Key note speaker Margorie Brickley, Program Director of the Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention Center at Bank Street College of Education, spoke on "Play is Learning". Ms. Brickley also presented a breakout session on Gender Development.  

Four other breakout sessions addressed: Parent Engagement in a Diverse World presented by Dr. Gloria Pope; The Impact of Domestic Violence on Young Children and How We Can Help presented by Donna Morrison; Responsive and Respectful Relationships: The Heart of Infant -Toddler Curriculum presented by Lisa Beck; a session in Spanish (Desarrollando Habilidades de Lenguaje y Alfabetizacion a Traves del Juego- or Developing Language and Literacy Skills through Play presented by Angela Bayer-Persico. 

The Dobbs Ferry High School was a terrific venue for this event and we are very grateful to the School District and all the District personnel who assisted that day.

Once again our great partners at the Junior League of Central Westchester, represented by Michelle Memoli and Wendy Armstrong, brought diapers for the audience to bring back to their programs, courtesy of the Diaper Bank.  the Diaper Bank is a joint project of the League and Westchester County DSS.   To learn more about the Diaper Bank visit or call (914)723-6442

Support Us at The Goddard Gallery!

We are thrilled to have been chosen by the Goddard School this year as the recipient of their annual art auction proceeds.  The funds will support our Key to the Future Scholarship Fund which helps local parents who have trouble affording the high cost of child care in Westchester, among the most expensive areas for care in the country.  

Featuring their children's art work, the Goddard School administration and staff will transform several of their classrooms into imaginative environments.  To enjoy and support this wonderful event, which celebrates the creativity of young children,  click here  and use Password: GG2019  

For more information, contact Juanita Pope at 914-761-3456 ext. 106  or   
Let's Celebrate Our Heroes!

Celebrate Westchester's most dedicated and exceptional child care and after school professionals.

Created with you in mind, the Hall of Heroes will feature food, live entertainment, giveaways and more!  A perfect night out for you and your team. 

Look out for registration in early May!

 Welcome New & Renewed 
Child Care Programs!

Family Day Care Programs
Little Dreamers Day Care

SACC Programs
Great Opportunities for Activities and Leadership
The Caring Tree Child Care Center LLC
The Mother Connection of Cortlandt, Inc.

Welcome New CACFP Participants
Nicole Dowdy
Erika Gutierrez
Topacio Ramos
Donna Thomas
Adrian Veloz
What To Do On a Rainy Day!

We are happy to share this wonderful information from our friends at Community Playthings:

In our area, gentle spring showers or the aftermath of a storm are not an excuse to stay inside. "Rainy weather offers a deluge of new experiences that are not to be missed."

"Children should be dressed appropriately in rain gear and boots. Of course, use common sense, and don't go out if there's a chance of lightning or severe weather."

Click here, to view "10 ideas for What To Do On a Rainy Day".
Budding Buddha's Yoga for Tots
When : Wednesday, May 1st, 11am
Where: The Westchester, White Plains
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here
Bicycle Sundays
When : Sunday, May 5th, 10am 
WhereBronx River Reservation
Westchester County Center, White Plains 
Cost: Free
For more information, click here
  • Measles info
  • Health Tip: MAT Certification
  • The Goddard Gallery  
  • Early Education Hall of Heroes Event
  • 2019 Annual "Dream Big" Celebration
  • Key to the Future Scholarships
  • Amazing Annual Infant Toddler Conference
  • Successful Annual Wine Tasting
  • WOYC Celebrations
  • Children's Corner
  • What's Cooking
  • Family Fun and more 

The Goddard Gallery
Supporting our Key to the Future Scholarship Fund
The Goddard School
1 Jackson Avenue
Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
May 17th, 2019

Early Ed Hall of Heroes
Mercy College 
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
June 21st, 2019

Dream Big
The Whitby Castle
330 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580
October 3, 2019
Click Here, to learn more

Council Office Closings 
Early Closing (3pm)
Friday, May 24th, 2019
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

All Day
Monday, May 27th, 2019
Thursday, July 4th, 2019
Welcome, Jennifer Pina!

We are very excited to introduce Jennifer Pina, our new Legally Exempt Enroller and CACFP Case Manager.  If you have any questions regarding Legally Exempt enrollment or CACFP, please contact her at (914) 761-3456 x172.
Welcome to the Council Board of Directors 
We are delighted to introduce our newest Board Member, Joe Marchese.  Joe is Executive Vice President, Alliant Insurance Services/Alliant Employee Benefits.  We look forward to working with him as we continue to build our services to parents, families, child care and after school programs, employers and the Westchester community.
We're Hiring! 

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  
Don't miss out, join our Membership Today!

Benefits Include:
  • Discounted calendar trainings and on-site training 
  • Listing on our website, including a link to your website
  • Free gift for becoming a Council Member
  • Free postings on the Council's job bank
  • Membership certificate to post at your site
  • Free Members Only networking events and exclusive Members Only annual events
  • Refer a friend and receive a voucher for a free training
  • Council Member only Lakeshore Learning coupon and discount
  • Council Member only Once Upon A Child coupon
  • Printed Council Training Calendar

Share your membership experience with us by completing the below survey.

Call (914) 761-3456 or visit
to become a member today
The Latest from OCFS -Dear Provider Letter

The NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Division of Child Care Services, periodically releases important information to child care and after school programs.  

View the most recent letter: 

To see earlier Provider Letters, please click  here
Opportunities to Connect With Colleagues!

Regular meetings at the Council for family providers, early childhood directors, and school age directors provide opportunities for you to learn, share resources and support one another. These meetings are also an avenue to increase your knowledge. Each one includes a training with a certificate accepted by OCFS.

Providers Network
This group for registered family and licensed group family providers meets 4 times a year.  For information about the network, contact Elizabeth Rodano, CCCW Infant Toddler Regional Coordinator at or 914-761-3456 ext. 219.

Westchester Early Childhood Directors Association
The Association meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1:00- 3:00pm. Contact Howard Milbert at Ossining Children's Center at (914) 941-0230 or Dawn Meyerski at Mt. Kisco Child Care Center at (914) 241-2135 or for details.

School Age Directors Network
The Network meets the 3rd  Tuesday of the month from 10:00am-12:00pm. Contact Joanne Saporta at Chappaqua Childrens Workshop at or Lynn Lutomski at Irvington Children's Center at for more details.
Join the network today!

Please note the networking groups do not meet in July and August. 

The Council is pleased to host these groups. We encourage you to attend their meetings.
What's Cooking?

Egg Rolls

  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped celery   
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped carrot 
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 14 egg roll wrappers
  • 1 large egg white
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger

       1. Preheat oven to 425°

2. Combine celery and carrot in food processor, and pulse 10 times or until finely chopped

3. Combine celery mixture and cabbage in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; vent. Microwave at high 5 minutes; drain

4. Heat vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, and garlic, sauté 2 minutes. Add turkey; cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cabbage mixture, 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, and pepper. Cover and chill 15 minutes.

5. Place 1 egg roll wrapper at a time onto work surface with one corner pointing toward you (wrapper should look like a diamond). Trim 1 inch off right and left corners of wrapper. Spoon 3 tablespoons turkey filling into center of wrapper. Fold lower corner of egg roll wrapper over filling. Fold in trimmed corners. Moisten top corner of wrapper with egg white; roll up jellyroll fashion. Repeat procedure with remaining wrappers, turkey filling, and egg white.

6. Lightly coat egg rolls with cooking spray, and place, seam side down, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 18 minutes or until golden brown.

7. To prepare sauce, combine 3/4 cup soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and 1-tablespoon ginger; serve with egg rolls. Garnish with green onions, if desired.

8. Enjoy!

For more information on receiving reimbursements for meals and snacks contact Lindsay Tiernan at (914)-761-3456 x115 or email Lindsay at
Community Resources


United Way's 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, multilingual information and referral helpline open 365 days a year, 9am-7pm.

United Way's 2-1-1 call specialists can give you information about things such as:
  • Food Assistance
  • Housing assistance and shelters
  • Abuse prevention
  • Elder care
  • Mental health services
  • Recycling regulations
  • Services for people with disabilities
  • How to become a foster parent
  • Where to get medical help and more
Learn more:
Support the Council
Many easy ways to help!

Did you know TD Bank has an Affinity Program? 

TD will make an annual contribution to the Council based on the activity of all participating members' TD accounts. If you are already a customer, or wish to open an account, visit any of their locations and ask to be included in the Affinity Program to benefit the Council.

Support the Council while you shop!

Shop Amazonsmile and select the Child Care Council of Westchester as your charity, we will receive 5% of the cost of your purchases.   So get started on your holiday shopping today and thank you!


How Delicious It Is to Give Back!

Shake Shack recently opened a new Hartsdale, NY location, and chose to give back to the Child Care Council of Westchester through their Charitable Partnership Program. Each sale at their soft opening, as well as 5% of sales of their Pie Oh My Concretes will be donated to the Council, so that we may continue to fight for quality early care and education for all children in Westchester.

Make sure you stop by and enjoy their ever changing Pie Oh My Concretes to support the Council!   

We're there all the time!