March 2019
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Scholarship for Child Care is NOW Available...

The Child Care Council's 
Key to the Future scholarship 
for child care is open 
until May 15 2019. 

It's for children under 3 years old. And 3-4 years old if we have additional  funds. 

Income Eligibility Range
Family Size


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


#3 New Thinking on Infant Development
H ere's some of the exciting news:
Emotional Growth
Old thinking: It's important to talk to your baby in the first few months.
New thinking:
 It's not just what you say now, but how you say it.

Complex Thoughts
Old thinking:
 Children don't start to have complex thoughts until the preschool years.
New thinking: 
High-level comprehension may begin as early as 3 months.

Gender Differences
Old thinking: Boys and girls are similar at birth; their differences emerge as they grow.
New thinking: 
Although social forces play a role, boys and girls seem to be hardwired differently.


Quality Corner

Why is Quality Child Care So Important?
Why is Quality Child Care So Important?

Children's Corner
Raising Readers

We all want children to grow up to be readers and we really do know what children need to be ready to have formal reading instruction in kindergarten and first grade. We can all raise readers by following these steps.
Click here, to read the steps.

Health Corner
Asthma Stats are Alarming
Asthma is a serious and growing health problem. In the past 20 years, asthma has increased worldwide. According to the New York State 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 one reason for school absenteeism.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, asthma has tremendous daily impacts in the U.S.: 
  • 30,000 people have an asthma attack
  • Asthma sends 5,000 people to the emergency room 
  • 11 people die from asthma including 3 children 
  • 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
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes breathing problems; it can be life threatening.  The airways in the lungs become blocked, causing the lungs to get less air than normal. Symptoms of an "asthma attack" can be difficulty with breathing, a tight feeling in the chest, coughing and wheezing. It can develop quickly. Asthma can range from being a mild discomfort to a life-threatening attack if breathing stops completely. Asthma problems are often separated by symptom-free periods.
Although there is no cure, asthma can be prevented and controlled with proper care.
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. 
Questions to Consider:
  • Does your caregiver know how to recognize and respond immediately and correctly to a breathing emergency?
  • Do you and your caregiver know how to recognize and manage asthma triggers?
  • Does your caregiver have the necessary information & medication to safely care for your child with asthma?
  • Did you provide an asthma action plan to your caregiver?
  • Did you know that OCFS regulated child care programs can become Asthma-Friendly Endorsed? 
Encourage your provider to become endorsed today:  

Be An Advocate for Your Child

Check your child care's regulatory history 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. 

Celebrate Cargivers!
In May, there are two special days to celebrate the wonderful, skilled individuals who educate and care for young children. 
May 7th, 2019
Teacher Appreciation Day
May 10th, 2019
Provider Appreciation Day

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
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
  • Click and Check on your child's care
  • Things to Do
  • Asthma
What's happening at the Council
Raise a Glass 
Annual Wine Tasting
Vino 100
171 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
April 11, 2019

Come Join Us!

We are looking for a Hero

Nominate your caregiver, provider, program today!

For more info, or to nominate a Hero, click here

We are so proud to announce our first Early Education Hall of Heroes event. 
Join us on Friday, June 21st from 7pm to 10pm at the Mercy College Rotunda in Dobbs Ferry for a night of celebrating Westchester's most dedicated and exceptional child care and after school professionals.
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
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
Free Arts Day 

When: Saturday April 6th, 1pm
Where : The Rye Arts Center
Cost : Free
For more information, click here
April 8th is Zoo Lovers Day!

Read a book about visiting the Zoo! Our favorite is "I See Who, At The Zoo?" by Tahlitha Chadwick

Free Movie Screening

When: Wednesday April 17th, 10am 
Where : City Center15 Cinema De Lux, 
White Plains
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
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
Pigs in a Blanket

  • 1 tube (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Caraway seeds
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Separate crescent dough into triangles. Place hot dogs at wide end of triangles and roll up. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Combine egg and water, brush over rolls. Sprinkle caraway over tops, press lightly into rolls. 
2.  Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes

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