December 2019

Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 - Is it too cold for my child to go outside while at child care? 

Child Care Vs. Cold Weather

OCFS regulations require that "Programs must offer daily supervised outdoor play, except during inclement or extreme weather or unless otherwise prohibited by a health care provider."
Going outside in the winter gives children fresh air in an open space. They can move and get exercise, use their imaginations as they explore the winter environment, and get Vitamin D. Cold weather does not cause the cold or flu, so children dressed appropriately should go outside whenever there are not extreme temperatures.
But when is it too cold to go outside for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children? Use the Weather Watch chart... find the day's temperature and wind chill to see if it is a day to go outside. Green always means go outside. Yellow is "caution" and means children who are dressed warmly can go outside. You might want to keep infants and young toddlers in on those days. Remember that children benefit from going outside for even 5 minutes.  
 Click here   for the Child Care Weather Watch chart

#2 -  "I was here first" 
 Resolving Conflict with Preschoolers...
#3 - Shape Your Future - Take the Census 2010 Survey
Ev ery 10 years, data is compiled for each household in the United States through a Census Survey. Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are all based on the results. It is vital for everyone to participate in the Census so that our communities get a fair share of the more than $675 billion annually that is allocated based on Census results. This funding supports schools, hospitals, public works, child care and other vital programs.  

2020 Census: What is the Census?
2020 Census: What is the Census?
Click here for further information on Census 2020 

What you need to know about your child care program/provider... 
At least once a year, you should check your child care programs regulatory history. End the year off with checking today!

It's not uncommon for child care programs/provider to have some regulatory violations. 

However, you should stop and consider the care being provided if there are multiple, serious, uncorrected, or recurring violations. 

Did you know that your child care program MUST immediately post their most recent inspection report in a prominent place visible to parents.
Child Care Regulation FYI: 

Portable electric heaters and heating devices should not be used in rooms accessible to children, regardless of the type and usage of fuel. 

Children's Corner
Celebrating National Soup Month

The weather outside is cold, but a delicious bowl of soup will keep everyone warm. Making soup is a great  cooking activity for children. Cooking is math and science and fun.
Try this fun recipe that gives you and the children an opportunity to make decisions and count! Print out the fun graphic and have a wonderful time.
Build Your Own Veggie Soup - Slow Cooker Recipe
Amanda Keefer,

Health Corner
Cold Weather Safety

Bundle Up! 
  • Children are at greater risk for frostbite than adults. The best way to prevent frostbite is to make sure children dress warmly and don't spend too much time outside in extreme weather. 
  • Dress children in layers of warm clothing. If the top layer gets wet, they will still have a dry layer underneath. 
  • Tuck scarves inside coats and jackets to prevent them from becoming strangulation hazards. 
  • Car seats and winter coats don't mix. Bulky coats can compress in a crash and create a loose car seat harness. Instead, lay the jacket or a blanket over children once you've safely strapped them into their car seat.

READ MORE ... infection control, sleeping safely in any season, keeping healthy outdoors, staying safe indoors and in vehicles.


Great Wins for Child Care in the 2019 Westchester County Budget

Thanks to both County Executive George Latimer and his team and the Board of Legislators for new investments in child care:   
  • Parent share will drop 2% to 25%
  • Provider reimbursement rates will increase by 6%
  • 100 plus additional child care slots will be funded
We couldn't have done this without the over 1,000 people from all over the county who signed on to our I SAY YES campaign for child care and the programs that hosted I SAY YES events:
  • Country Children's Center
  • Happy Corner Day Care
  • Kaleidoscope Childcare Center
  • Montrose Child Care Center
  • Mount Kisco Child Care Center
  • New Rochelle Day Nursery
  • Ossining Children's Center
  • Queen's Daughters Day Care Center

Did You Know...
The Council is Here for You!
  Resources & Referr a l s!
Financial Help!

Call us at 
(914)761-3456 x140 
  email us at
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
  • Things to Know
  • "I was here first"
  • Health Tip: Cold Weather Safety
What's Happening at the Council
Toy Overload! 
Thank you Westchester for your overwhelming support of our annual toy drive! We are excited to donate hundreds of toys to Toys for Tots for distribution to families who may be struggling to provide for their children for the holidays.  

Council Office Closings 
Early Closing (3pm)
December 24, 2019
December 31, 2019
All Day
December 25-27, 2019
January 1, 2020
January 20, 2019
February 27, 2019

Support the Council 

Support the Council while you shop!

Things To Do
My Grandparent and Me Day

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum celebrates grandparents by offering free admission all day to grandparents when accompanied by their grandchildren. 
When:  Friday, January 10
Where:  Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
75 N Water St, Poughkeepsie
Cost:  Free 
For more information, Click here

Rock 'N' Roll for Little Ones
When:  January 7th, 14th, 28th;  10:15-11AM
Where: Hendrick Hudson Free Library
Feeding Fun

Greenburgh Nature Center
January 18th; 1pm - 2pm
Click Here for more info
Ice Skating

When: 7 days per week
Where: Playland Ice
Click Here for more info
Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 
Self Esteem & Resilience in the Early Years!
When: January 14th; 10:30AM
Where: White Plains Library

Building Language and Literacy Skills Through Play 
When: January 29th; 11:00AM
Where: Bedford Hills Free Library

Bedtime Rituals: helping your young child get a full night sleep so you can too. 
When: March 26; 10:30AM
Where: White Plains Library

Parenting  Styles: "Because I said so, that's why!" 
When: May 12th; 10:30AM
Where: White Plains Library

Click Here for more info on parenting groups and trainings. 

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:

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
Turkey Hummus Wraps
  • One 9-inch whole wheat tortilla 
  • 3 tablespoons of hummus (any flavor)
  • 1 ounce sliced deli turkey breast
  • ¼ cup baby spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks (can substitute bell peppers)

  1. Lay the tortilla out on a cutting board. Spread the hummus over the surface of the tortilla. Lay the tortilla out on a cutting board. Spread the hummus over the surface of the tortilla.
  2. Arrange the turkey slice on top of the hummus and sprinkle the spinach and carrot sticks on top.
  3. Fold in the sides of the tortilla and roll it up like a burrito.
  4. Use toothpicks to secure the filling in place and slice into 5 pieces. Remove toothpicks before serving
  5. Arrange the turkey slice on top of the hummus and sprinkle the spinach and carrot sticks on top.
  6. Fold in the sides of the tortilla and roll it up like a burrito.
  7. Use toothpicks to secure the filling in place and slice into 5 pieces. Remove toothpicks before serving
  8. Fold in the sides of the tortilla and roll it up like a burrito.
  9. Use toothpicks to secure the filling in place and slice into 5 pieces. Remove toothpicks before serving.