February 2019
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 National Read Across America Day 

National Read Across America Day is also Dr. Seuss's birthday! Across the country, thousands of programs, schools, libraries and community centers participate by bringing together children and books, and you can too!

Pick a favorite Dr. Seuss book to read to your children - our favorite is the tongue twister Fox in Sox. 

Join Us at the Jefferson Valley Mall Food Court on March 2nd 10am to 2pm for Dr. Suess Day!!!!!

How to READ with Your Child
How to READ with Your Child

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#2  Now is the time to register for Summer Camp!!!!


#3 The Economic Power of the Nation's Child Care Industry
Child care providers care for and educate children and enable parents to go to work - but they also have a multibillion-dollar impact on the economy.

"In 2016, 675,000 child care businesses, which are mostly small businesses, produced revenue of $47.2 billion and provided employment for 1.5 million wage and salary and self-employed workers," according to a new report,  "Child Care in State Economies 2019 Update."

"The purpose of this report is to educate and aid policymakers and business leaders in understanding the structure of the U.S. child care industry and its role in the economy."

Commissioned by the  Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board, the report was produced by the economic research firm  RegionTrack, Inc., and received funding from the  Alliance for Early Success.

The report looks at the economic role of the child care industry in three ways:
  • The traditional labor force view of child care as a work, education, and training support for parents
  • The child care industry's 
    macroeconomic role in the U.S. economy, and
  • The role played by child care in 
    regional economic growth and development


Quality Corner
Quality child care starts with TOYS, not TV.
In a quality child care environment, children experience warm, loving interactions with caregivers, and they have opportunities to talk, sing, read, play and explore objects and physical space. TV and electronics can be a distraction, not a benefit to children's growth and development.

Children's Corner
National Bubble Week
March 17th - 23rd

Children of all ages (and adults) should play with bubbles because ...
  1. Bubbles are fun and magical.
  2. You can play with bubbles inside and outside.
  3. Bubbles help develop children's skills, such as fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination, vision, language skills, social skills, oral motor skills, directional concepts, and gross motor skills.
  4. Bubbles are a sensory experience; they are wet, slimy and sticky.
  5. Bubbles do not stain clothes or furniture. 
Fun ways to play with bubbles
  1. Start out by practicing - give children a cup of water and a straw and have them make water bubbles.
  2. Make your own bubble wand for little mouths out of pipe cleaners.
  3. Make plastic bottle blowers for toddlers.
  4. Have a bubble race.
  5. Make Bubble Art
  6. Eat foods with bubbles like swiss cheese and pita bread!
Health Corner
Child Care and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Children with Special Health Care Needs means children who have a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions expected to last 12 months or more and who require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.
Some examples of children with special health care needs include children with Diabetes, Asthma, Seizure Disorders, and Food or Environmental Allergies that may require the administration of medication.
Any child identified as a child with special health care needs must have a written Individual Health Care Plan which needs to provide all information needed to safely care for the child during program hours. This plan will be developed with the child's parent and health care provider.
The program may be required, as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, to obtain approval to administer medication if the child needs medication or medical treatments during programs hours.
To read "when are you required to admit a child with a disability?" and review the evaluation process under the ADA, click  Flow chart
To read commonly asked questions about child care centers and the American with Disabilities Act, click:

Ask NYS Leaders to Make Child Care 
a Real Priority in the Budget

The Governor's proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget and his 2019 Women's Agenda failed to expand child care access as hoped.  It is estimated that fewer than 20% of eligible low-income NYS families who could benefit from child care subsidy assistance actually receive it.  
Still, there is momentum once again in the Assembly where more than 50 members signed a letter asking Speaker Carl Heastie to substantially increase new investment in child care subsidies.
If you believe that more children should be able to enroll in safe child care and after school programs....
If you believe that subsidy reimbursement rates must be raised so that child care workers can be paid decently.......
Then CLICK HERE! and add your voice to those calling for more child care funding. 

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

Call us at 
(914)761-3456 x140 
  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
  • Checklist for your visits
And much, much more...
In This Issue
  • Summer Care
  • Things to Do
  • ADA and Child Care
  • Bubbles
What's happening at the Council
11th Annual Children's Book Drive!  

Drop off books between March 15th and April 30th, 2019 to:
Child Care Council of Westchester: 
313 Central Park Avenue, Suite 4, Scarsdale, NY
(Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; 
call for Saturday hours)

The Child Care Council of Westchester and the Westchester Chapter of the New York Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC) are celebrating the Week of the Young Child with our 11th Annual Children's Book Drive. 
Early literacy skills cannot develop without access to high quality books, but many programs in Westchester County do not have enough books for the children in their care. 
We welcome your donation of books in very good condition that can be used and enjoyed by children ages 0-12. We are especially interested in books depicting diverse ages, abilities, and cultures. We cannot accept electronic books.
For more information or questions, please call the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. at (914) 761-3456 ext. 136 or 106
Raise a Glass 
Annual Wine Tasting
Vino 100
171 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
April 11, 2019

Come Join Us!

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

Infant Toddler  Conference
Encourage your caregiver to come.... 
Date : April 13, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 1:00pm
Location : Dobbs Ferry High School, 505 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry NY
For more information click here
Council Office Closings 
Early Closing (3pm)
Friday, May 24, 2019
All Day
Monday, May 27, 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
Baby Lap Time

When : Mondays, from March 4th to March 25th at 11am 
Where: Katonah Village Library
Cost : Free
For more information, click here
Spanish Book Fair
Carnival de Libros

When: March 26th 
3:30-4:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm 
Where : Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School
Cost : Free
For more information, click here
Join US for Story Time at a Library Near You
Read Across America
Read Across America
Date: Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: 11:30am to 12:00pm
Location : Peekskill Public Library

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 10:15am to 10:45am
Location: Mount Vernon Public Library 

Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 
Community Resources

There is a Nationwide Retail Recall of Ibuprofen Oral Suspension Drops, USP, 50mg per 1.25mL, due to higher concentration of Ibuprofen. 
 click here for more information.  

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:  www.uwwp.org

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
Vegetable Lasagna

  • 6 hot cooked lasagna noodles (about 6 oz uncooked), cut in half
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 (26oz) bottle fat-free tomato-basil pasta sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. commercial pesto
  • 1 (15oz) carton part-skim ricotta cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup (3oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook lasagna noodles as directed on package. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, zucchini, carrot, bell pepper, and onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
2.  Add pasta sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and summer 10 minutes. Combine pesto and ricotta in a small bowl. Spread 1/2 cup tomato mixture in the bottom of an 8 inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 4 noodle halves over tomato mixture. Top noodles with half of ricotta mixture and 1 cup tomato mixture.
3. Repeat layers, ending with noodles. Spread remaining tomato mixture over noodles. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.

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