March 2018          
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Safe Child Care: 
Violence Prevention
 Do you know about your child care's : 
  • Emergency Plan: Your child care provider's emergency plan must include a shelter-in-place procedures. They should have practice drills throughout the year.  They must make parents aware in advance of the drills. Check in to see when your program had their last drill.
  • ACCESS to Guns: 
    • In Family Child Care Homes firearms, shotguns and rifles are permitted onsite. HOWEVER, they must be securely stored and inaccessible to children and written notice must be given to parents.  (For more specifics see regulation 416 & 417 under safety CLICK HERE)
    • In Child Care Centers and School Age Programs firearms, shotguns and rifles are   prohibited. (For more specifics see regulation 418 & 414 under safety CLICK HERE)
    • You should check in with your family member, friend, or neighbor who is caring for your child, to see if they have any guns onsite and if they are properly secured and stored, etc. Gun Safety for Children.

Make the safety of children a priority. 

#2 Four Reasons Early Care and Education is Essential  
Early Childhood Education is not just important, but Essential ...  
  • Moral: Early childhood is right for children. All children deserve a great place to be every day and great people to be with.
  • Workforce Productivity: Parents need to work to support their families and they need dependable, quality programs for their children while they work.
  • Brain Research: The early years of a child's life, from the prenatal period onward, are when the brain is developing faster than any other time.
  • Return on Investment: The Perry Preschool and Abecedarian longitudinal research shows that high-quality early childhood programs have financial benefits much greater than their costs.
#3 Clean & Healthy NY
This statewide organization works to get toxic chemicals out of daily life, by changing laws, shifting the market-place, and helping people make change in their homes, businesses, and child care settings.  They also see child care and after school programs as key partners in their mission to free children of harmful chemicals. 

Let NYS know what you think about child care.... 
Be entered to win a $100 Gift Card for completing this survey!
Click here  to complete the 2018 NYS Child Care Parent Survey

Thank you for taking the time to fill out the 2018 NYS Child Care Parent Survey.
The information we gather will be used to help the NYS child care community serve families better.
Responses are confidential. All survey participants will be entered to win a $100 Visa/Amex gift card- limit one survey per family, please.

Children's Corner
Talking About the Weather
Make it a Learning Experience

We experience weather every day. It affects what we can do outside, what we wear, what we eat and drink. Weather is so much more interesting. It's a great opportunity to focus children on experiencing weather and coming to have a real understanding of the importance of weather in their lives while having fun. 
Let's talk about the weather using positive terms. Even rainy days are beautiful, and we couldn't survive without them. Snow is not an inconvenience, but beautiful and so a different way to play outside.
"Learning about the seasons helps children understand the passage of time and teaches them about change. While some seasonal changes are more obvious (like changes in the weather), there are many important subtle differences related to each season, like changes in the type of food that is available. For example, in some parts of the world, winter means shorter days, cooler temperatures, and little or no plant growth. In contrast, spring is full of new life with flowers budding and gardens beginning to grow."
What is the climate where we live? What if we lived somewhere else. Hint: there are no snowmen or snow-women in the deserts of Arizona.
Weather is interesting because it is always changing. "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute." Weather can be observed and measured. As children come to fully understand what they mean, their vocabularies will grow as will their understanding of the world.
For more suggestions on how to talk about the weather,  click here!

Health & Safety Corner
Asthma Friendly Endorsed Child Care

Congratulations to the following child care programs which are now endorsed as Asthma Friendly Child Care Programs:
  • Memorial Methodist Early Childhood Center
  • Montrose Child Care Center
  • Mount Kisco Child Care Center
Alarming Statistical Information of Asthma
Asthma is a serious and growing health problem. In the past 20 years, asthma has increased worldwide. According to the NYS Department of Health, asthma caused an average of 358 deaths per year from 1998 - 2000. One in ten preschool children is diagnosed with asthma and it is the  Number 1  reason for school absenteeism. 
According to the Centers for Disease Control, every day in America:
  • 30,000 people have an asthma attack
  • 11 people die from asthma (3 children die from asthma every day)
  • Nearly half (44%) of all asthma hospitalizations are for children
  • The death rate for children under 19 years old has increased by 80% since 1980
Managing Asthma in a Child Care Setting
Children with asthma need proper support in child care settings to keep their asthma under control and to be fully active. Uncontrolled asthma can interfere with a child's attendance, participation, and progress in child care and in school.
Child care staff, health professionals, and parents need to work together to remove obstacles and promote children's health and development.
That's why we encourage all child care programs to become an Asthma Friendly Endorsed Child Care Program.   
It could make the difference in a child's health and safety.
Click here  for Asthma Friendly Child Care Endorsement Informational Sheet
Click here to register for Asthma 101 Workshop
Click to review the Asthma Friendly Guide & Application

Special Days in March
March 31st is National Crayon Day

On March 31st spend time creating art with your kids using Crayola Crayons! 
Other special days in March:
March 6th is dentist day
March 12th is plant a flower day
March 14th is learn about butterflies day
March 23rd is National Puppy Day
March 30th is National Doctor's Day

Did You Know...
We Threw a 50th Anniversary Party!
Council staff worked together to brighten up our office space, as we gear up to celebrate our 50th Anniversary ALL YEAR LONG! Make sure to check your emails to see how we will celebrate 50 years of investing in child care! And you're invited!
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
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
  • Eco Healthy 
  • Weather is Fun
  • Win a $100 gift Card
  • Fun family activities
What's happening at the Council
Wine Tasting Event
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Vino 100
White Plains, New York

2018 Annual Awards Breakfast
Friday, May 18, 2018
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, New York
5 0th Anniversary Party
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Elmsford, New York
Advocating for Child Care Works!
Westchester County added $1.6 million of new funding to the 2018 budget of which $1 million will be used to raise reimbursement rates for contracted providers.  
Now the Council is working to increase child care funding in the NYS budget.   We traveled to Albany on February 6th for Early Childhood Advocacy Day, speaking with Assemblymembers Amy Paulin and David Buchwald.  We also met with staff in Assemblymembers Mayer, Abinanti and Senator Stewart-Cousins offices.

Our "Advocacy on the Go" campaign is back on the road.  Through the end of March we're visiting 20 plus programs to encourage parents to call Governor Cuomo and their state representatives in support of increased child care funding.
Senator Carlucci recently told us that he never hears from parents about child care.  Let's change that this year.     
Things To Do
Join Us for a special STORYTIME


March 15th at 11am

The Field Library 

4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566


The Council has been visiting programs and libraries throughout Westchester to enjoy story time during our Reading Marathon.  The Field Library in Peekskill was kind enough to allow the Council to hold a special story time, and we would love to see some familiar faces there!  No registration required, just come and enjoy stories and entertainment provided by our staff! 


First Notes/Primeras Notas
Saturday, March 3 1:00pm & 1:45pm
Saturday, March 17 1:00pm & 1:45pm
Saturday, March 24th 
1pm & 1:45pm

Where :  
Greenburgh Public Library
Cost : Free
For more information click here

Rabbit Day
Sunday, March 25 12:00pm-3:00pm

Where : Muscoot Farm, Katonah

Cost : Free
For more information click here

Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 

White Plains Parent Skills Coaching
En Espanol: Entrenamiento de Habilidades para Padres
January to March
Enero a Marzo
(914) 995-5238  

Peeksill Parent Skills Coaching
En Espanol: Entrenamiento de Habilidades para Padres
Febuary to March
Febrero a Marzo
(914) 739-4725 

Yonkers Parent Skills Coaching
3/6/18 to 4/10/18
(914) 964-2063  

Mount Vernon Parent Skills Coaching
3/3/18 to 3/17/18
(914) 667-9369 

Family Empowerment Advocacy Series
2/28, 3/21, 4/16; Hudson Valley DDSO 220 White Plains RD, Tarrytown 
(845) 305-8817 
What's Cooking
Bagel Balls 

  • 1 cup (5 oz) unbleached all purpose flour, whole wheat or gluten-free mix
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (make sure it's not expired or it won't rise)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (use less if using table salt)
  • 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (not regular yogurt, it will be too sticky)
  • 4 tablespoons (4 ounces or half package) 1/3 less fat cream cheese, cut into 8 cubes.
  • 1 egg white, beaten (whole egg works fine too)
  • optional toppings: Everything bagel seasoning, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic flakes, dried onion flakes.
oven method
1.  Preheat oven to 375F. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Spray with oil to avoid sticking.
2.  In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk well.
3.  Add the yogurt and mix with a fork or spatula until well combined, it will look like small crumbles.
4.  Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove the dough from the bowl. Knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 15 turns.
5.  Divide dough into 8 equal balls. Flatten each ball into circles, then place 1/2 tablespoon cream cheese on each. Cover the dough well and roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining dough.
6.  Top with egg wash and sprinkle with seasoning of your choice if desired.
7.  Bake on the top rack of the oven for 25 minutes. Let cool at least 10 mins before cutting.
Air fryer method
1.  Spray the basket to avoid sticking.
2.  Preheat the air fryer to 325F and set for 11 to 12 minutes. Transfer in batches without overcrowding and bake 11 to 12 mins or until golden.
3.  No need to turn. Let cool at least 10 mins before cutting.