October 2017          
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Recently a Westchester Child Care Provider Saved the Life of a 3 Year Old Girl!
A three year old girl enters her child care program in the morning. Shortly after arriving she complains of having ear pain, a few minutes later she complains about some itching under her arms. She then begins to have repetitive vomiting, immediately followed by swelling of her hands and legs. The provider was able to recognize that this was a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). 
Thankfully, the child attended a regulated child care program that was approved to administer medication and also recently recertified her MAT (Medication Administration Training) certificate.
Due to the training, the provider was able to identify the symptoms of an allergic reaction and was able to carry out all the necessary steps to safely care for the child. The training covered information on how to recognize, respond, and direct instruction on how to correctly administer emergency medications.
Only 24% of all regulated child care programs are approved to administer medication; which means they have gone through the MAT training and more. Child care programs not approved to administer medications may administer emergency medications. The emergency medications only include epinephrine auto-injector devices, diphenhydramine (Benadryl) when prescribed for use in combination with the epinephrine auto-injector, asthma inhalers, or nebulizers.
However, they are not required to participate in any formal training and the instructions on how to properly administer the medication is given by the parent.
If you have a child with asthma or allergies that may require the administration of medication you may want to consider asking your provider to become approved to administer medication or at the very least attend the new
"Emergency Medication Administration Including Stock Epinephrine Auto-Injectors" Training. Your provider will learn vital information regarding the care of children with asthma and allergies. The training is scheduled on Thursday, November 9, 9:30 am - 12:00pm. Call 914-761-3456 ext. 111 for more information about the training.
If you would like a program approved to administer medication, call the Council for referrals to programs that meet your needs at 914-761-3456 ext. 140.
#2 How to talk to your children about the Las Vegas shooting...
Resource: Save the Children 
While the crisis continues to unfold, we know that children may be exposed to violent and heartbreaking accounts of the incident. Our childcare experts have prepared the following tips to help parents, teachers, grandparents and caregivers to provide comfort and understanding to children:
  • Limit television time. While it can be important for adults to stay informed about the situation, television images and reports may be confusing and frightening for children. Watching too many television reports can overwhelm children and even adults.
#3 Dining for Scholarship Dollars at Sam's of Gedney Way ~ October 25th 
Wednesday. October 25, 2017 

Health & Safety Corner

Apps Stirring Up Trouble in Schools

From teen hookups to live streaming, this year's hottest social media can lead kids to risky behavior.  
By Caroline Knorr  
How certain apps become popular with kids is a bit of a mystery. The best ones mix all the stuff tweens and teens love -- gossiping, hanging out, clowning around, and meeting other kids -- with an X factor that makes them go viral. Once an app gains critical mass (like, when every kid in school is on it), that's when the real fun begins. But that's where things can go wrong, too.
While recent app crazes were all about the new and novel,  such as Snapchat's disappearing messages and  WhatsApp's free texting, this year's social media giants mostly serve up familiar features. And though some new offerings correct safety issues of the past -- and kids are getting savvier about responsible use -- social media can still stir up drama. The ones to watch out for this year include  anonymous appslive streaming, group chatting, and  friending, which bring up risks associated with giving blunt "feedback," broadcasting yourself to the internet, oversharing, and meeting strangers.
It's  tough to keep up with all the latest apps kids get into. And the truth is, you don't have to know every single detail of how each one works.  The most important thing is to keep the lines of communication open with your kid. Talk about their social media, ask questions -- and listen. Pay attention to anything that sounds like a red flag and dig deeper. Helping your kid  learn to use social media responsibly is the most effective way to help them stay safe online.
Check out some of the apps that can potentially stir up drama in schools.
Nominate an outstanding caregiver...
Each year we celebrate Westchester's early care and education community at our Annual Awards Breakfast. Women and men working in our field who have made a difference in the lives of children deserve our thanks. Please help us recognize them by nominating them for a "Joey Award"!  Simply complete and submit the below form. 2018 Nomination Form
Advocacy Corner
Raising Voices for 
Child Care
 New "Calling for Kids" Campaign



In Westchester.... .
*Child care is just about the most expensive in the U.S.
*The 27% co-pay is too high
*Title XX closed to new families in summer '16
*Programs face rising staff costs with the new minimum wage but flat subsidy reimbursements
More funding is needed and parents have the power to make this happen!
Because you and your parents are busy, Council staff, board members and volunteers will come to you - at pick-up time, during a parent meeting, or during a regularly scheduled program/event. Whatever is easiest for you! We will speak to parents and encourage them to make calls to elected officials in support of child care.
Elected officials do listen!  Let's make sure they hear about child care and after school.
To sign up or for more info, contact Kathy Halas, Executive Director at 914-761-3456 ext. 102.

Parent Survey
Be Entered to Win $100 Gift Card

Be entered to Win a $100 Gift Card for completing this survey!
Parent Child Care Needs Survey

THANK YOU for taking the time to fill out the Child Care Council of Westchester's 2017 Parent Survey.
Please continue only if you are a Westchester resident who has a child aged 12 or under. 

The information we gather will be used to help the Council serve families better.
Responses are confidential.
All survey participants will be entered to win a $100 Amex gift card - limit one survey per family, please.

Did You Know...
The Council is Here for You!
Resources & Referrals!
Financial Help!
After School Care too!
Call us at 
914-761-3456 ext 140,  
email us at  referrals@cccwny.org
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
  • Resources to Camps
  • Checklist for your visits
And much, much more...
In This Issue
  • Dangerous Apps for tweens and teens
  • Nominate your caregiver
  • Advocate for children
What's happening at the Council
Dining for Dollars at Sam's
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sam's of Gedney Way
White Plains, NY
Click here for more information
2018 Annual Awards Breakfast
Friday, May 18, 2018
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, New York
More details to follow in early 2018
Council Office Closings 
All Day
Monday, October 9, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
Office closes at 3:00pm
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Send your caregiver to a great day of training
School Age Conference
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Peas & Karrots Child Care Center
Ossining, NY
Click here for more information
Infant Toddler Conference 
Friday, November 17, 2017
Peas & Karrots Child Care Center
Ossining, NY 
Click here for more information
Things To Do
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

J oin the fight to end breast cancer by raising fund for and walking with the American Cancer Society Making Strides of Westchester
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Click here  for more information and to register.

Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 

Bedtime Rituals: Helping Your Child Get a Full night's Sleep so You Can Too. (Preschoolers)
October 14th 11am
Bedford Hills Free Libarary
(914) 666-6472 
November 30th 10:30am 
Mount Kisco Public Library

Financial Security for Persons Unable to Support Themselves
October 17th 11:30am
(845) 228-7457  

Born Learning/Brain Research (Spanish)
October 18th 11am
Bedford Hills Free Libarary
(914) 666-6472 

Born Learning/Brain Research 
December 9th 11am
Bedford Hills Free Libarary
(914) 666-6472 

White Plains Parent Skills Coaching (Spanish)
9/26 to 12/12
(914) 358-4396  

Yonkers Parent Skills Coaching 
(English & Spanish)
9/12 to 10/10
(914) 964-2063  

Peekskill Parent Skills Coaching
(English & Spanish)
9/12 to 10/10
(914) 739-4725 

Mount Vernon Parent Skills Coaching
9/23 to 10/7
(914) 739-4725 

What's Cooking
Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil (or canola)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • baking spray
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1.  Preheat oven to 350F. Line a mini muffin tin with paper liners and lightly spray liners with oil for easy removal.
2.  In a medium bowl, combine flours, sugar, baking soda, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.
3.  In a large bowl mix pumpkin puree, oil, egg whites, and vanilla; beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of bowl.
4.  Add flour mixture to wet mixture, then blend at low speed until combined; do not over mix. Fold in chocolate chips.
5.  Pour batter into prepared muffin tin and bake on the center rack for 22 to 24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6.  Let them cool at leas 15 minutes before serving.