October 2019              
#1 - Fisher- Price Rock n' Play Sleeper Recall
Fisher-Price is cooperating with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to enforce a recall of all models of the Fisher-Price Rock n' Sleeper and the Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard.   Please alert all parents who maybe still using these products. 

Click here to obtain more information about the recalls. 
#2 - New OCFS Background Check Regulations are in Effect
In August 2019, OCFS reported that the new com-prehensive background clearance requirements for new/prospective employees would begin September 16, 2019. Please be advised that the effective date has been changed to September 25, 2019.   Click here, to learn more.

For the latest version of the OCFS-LDSS-4699 form, please click here

#3 - No More DSS Rosters
In an effort to speed the process of authorizing payments to Daycare Providers, starting January 2020 the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS) will stop mailing out rosters on a monthly basis.  

CDA Renewal Amnesty Program Returns for a Limited Time in January 2020

Beginning January 1, 2020, the Council for Professional Recognition will celebrate 45 years of the CDA®! In honor of this special anniversary, the Council will offer a limited-time  CDA® Renewal Amnesty Program.
This program will allow anyone with a CDA® Credential that has an expiration date as far back as January 1, 2010, an opportunity to complete the renewal process and make their credential active again.

  • Expiration date cannot be before January 1, 2010
  • Must meet all current renewal requirements including 45 hours of training that meet the specific criteria
  • Apply online using the YourCouncil system at https://www.cdacouncil.org.
The program will run from January 1, 2020, to March 31, 2020. All applications and payments ($125) must be submitted online by March 31, 2020. No exceptions or extensions will be granted.
Start preparing today by downloading the free, which is available on the Council's website at   https://www.cdacouncil.org/credentials/renew-cda. The CDA® Renewal Procedures Guide provides detailed information about the renewal requirements. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to fulfill the requirements to take advantage of this limited-time opportunity.
The Child Care Council can assist you in preparing to renew you CDA credential. We can review your training certificates to ensure that they meet the requirement. For information, contact Idie Benjamin at idieb@cccwny.org or 914-761-3456.

Health Tip: Are You Aware of the New Immunization Requirements?

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for children. 
There is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated in order to attend child care programs.
For those children who had a religious exemption to vaccination:
  • Children must now receive the first age appropriate dose in each immunization series to attend child care.  
  • Parents/guardians must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses. The deadlines for follow-up doses depend on the vaccine, follow Table 2 of the Catch-Up Immunization Schedule:  Click Here 
We urge you to:  
  • Review and update your current policies and procedures regarding accepting new children.
  • Review your records to determine if you have any children in care with a religious exemption.
  • Update any child's current medical statement & immunizations who had a previous non-medical exemption.
  • Review all current children's medical statements & immunizations to confirm children are following the recommended immunization schedule.
  • If a child is not up to date, follow the catch-up immunization schedule.
  • Be diligent and work with parents to ensure all children are vaccinated as per schedule. 
Keep in mind:    
  • Children who receive special education services are included in this law.
  • ONLY children who have valid medical exemptions are not affected,  Click Here for More Information
  • There is no appeal process for parents if their children are attending child care programs. Child care programs/providers must be in compliance with all applicable laws.
To read more, click here
Professional Development 
Fall Training Calendar
September-December 2019
Don't miss our great fall trainings, and sign up for these upcoming sessions:
  • Know the NY State OCFS Regulations for School Age Program - (October 3)
  • Child Abuse Identification & Prevention, Including Shaken Baby Syndrome - (October 8)
  • New Training- Nature Based Learning - Designing a Program that Works for You - (October 10)
Click here to view our 2019 Fall Training Calendar. 
Regulations Reminder: 
Criminal History Record Check 

The Office shall perform a criminal history record check regarding any owner, employee, caregiver or volunteer of a child day care center, small day care center, school-age child care program, group family day care home, or family day care home, as defined in Part 413.2, and any person age eighteen or over residing on the premises of a group family day care home or family day care home which is to be licensed or registered.
The Celebration of our Honorees is only a Few Days Away!

Children's Advocacy Award
Honorable Kathleen C. Hochul
NY State Lieutenant Governor

Children's Justice Award 
Honorable Kathie E. Davidson
Ninth Judicial District Administrative Judge

Business Visionary Award
Accepting: Erik Sossa, VP, Global Benefits CoE

Give Local Leadership Award
Shake Shack
ACCEPTING: Will Poppe, Area Director for NJ/NY

Join the celebration, register here
For inquiries or questions regarding the event, contact Dana Lawless, Director of Development at DanaL@cccwny.org or (914)-761-3456 x 127.
2019 Fall Early Childhood Conference "Prescription for Play"
Join us for the  Fall 2019  Early Childhood Conference on Friday, October 18th.  We are delighted to c o-sponsor the event with the Westchester Chapter of the New York Association for the Education of Young Children.

Click here  for the conference brochure.
This conference is eligible for EIP & CSEA funding  

For more information, please contact Carmelita Bota at (914)761-3456 x134 or email her at  carmelitab@cccwny.org
 Welcome New & Renewed 
Child Care Programs!

Family Day Care Programs
Esperanza Hidalgo
Tiny Hands Daycare

SACC  Programs
Club Fit Jefferson Valley

SACC Programs
Chappaqua Children's Workshop, Inc 
City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau @ Benjamin Turner Middle School
Irvington Children's Center, Inc
Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial, Inc
Lakeland Children's Center, Inc 
San Andres Educational Program
Tuckahoe after School Care, Inc
YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester, Inc

Welcome New CACFP Participants
Charles Guest
Why is It so Difficult for Children to Share?

You have a new cell phone, and you really like it. Your friend walks up to you and says, "I want your phone. Give it to me." "It's mine," you say. "But I want it," says your friend. Do you have to share your phone?
"Learning to share with grace is a long process. Here's how to turn moments of struggle into rich opportunities to help children learn critical skills." (Zero to Three - Parenting Resource, 8.11.2017)
What is sharing?
Adults think sharing should be two or more children cooperatively playing with a toy or materials. Children often think that "She won't share" means she won't give it to me. The child who wants it has no interest in "sharing" with the child who has it.
Click here, to read more
 Read to Rover 

Children, come practice reading to a therapy dog. This event is for children of all ages whether you would like to read or listen to others read.  

When : Every Thursday in October
Where: Mount Kisco Library
100 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY  
Cost: Free 
Reservation is required, please call 914-666-8041

For more information,  Click here
  • Fisher-Price Product Recall
  • New OCFS Background Check Regulations
  • 2019 "Dream Big" Celebration
  • Member Mixer
  • Children's Corner
  • What's Cooking
  • Family Fun and more
Dream Big 
The Whitby Castle
330 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580
October 3, 2019
Click Here, to learn more

2019 Fall Early Childhood Conference
Shaarei Tikvah Synagogue
46 Fox Meadow Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
October 18, 2019
For more information, contact Carmelita Bota at carmelitab@cccwny.org or visit our website

Membership Mixer 
Child Care Council of Westchester
313 Central Park Ave, Suite 4
Scarsdale, NY 10583
November 8, 2019
Click Here, to learn more

Council Office Closings 
All Day
Monday, October 14th, 2019
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Friday, November 29, 2019 

Early Closings
(office closes at 3pm)
November 27, 2019

Welcome, Gabriella!
We would like to welcome Gabriella to the Council team.  Gabriella will be joining us as a new administrative assistant. She is eager to help us with our advocacy efforts and assist with health care consultant services.  If you would like more information on how you can support our advocacy efforts call Gabriella at  (914) 761-3456 x161.
Welcome, Pierre!
Pierre Banga is our Fall Administrative intern from The  College of Westchester. We are happy to share our expertise and help Pierre prepare for the job market.    
We're Hiring! 
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 x106  or  juanitap@cccwny.org  
Reduced Mid-Year Membership Rates 

 Benefits Include:
  • Valuable discounts on workshops, on-site training and conferences 
  • Listing on our website, including a link to your website
  • Free postings on the Council's job bank
  • Membership certificate to post at your site
  • Printed Council Training Calendar
  • Early announcements of special programs and opportunities  
  • Free Notary Public Services
  • Free Members Only networking events
  • 7.5% off Lakeshore Orders 
  • Complimentary Council 2019 Calendar
  • Participation in our membership referral program 
  • Exclusive member only annual events  

Breast Cancer Awareness

Join the worldwide campaign, and raise the awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early.  

Help the fight to end breast cancer by walking with the American Cancer Society Making Strides of Westchester. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Click here  for more information and to register. 

Opportunities to Connect with Colleagues!
Regular meetings at the Council for family providers, early childhood directors, and school age directors provide opportunities for you to learn, share resources and support one another. These meetings are also an avenue to increase your knowledge. Each one includes a training with a certificate accepted by OCFS.

Providers Network
This group for registered family and licensed group family providers meets 4 times a year.  For information about the network, contact Sarah Merrifield, CCCW Infant Toddler Specialist at sarahm@cccwny.org or (914)-761-3456 ext. 107.

Westchester Early Childhood Directors Association
The Association meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1:00- 3:00pm. Contact Howard Milbert at Ossining Children's Center at (914) 941-0230 or Dawn Meyerski at Mt. Kisco Child Care Center at (914) 241-2135 or dmeyerski@mkccc.org for details.

School Age Directors Network
The Network meets the 3rd  Tuesday of the month from 10:00am-12:00pm. Contact Chris Cornacchia at (914)693-6686 or email ardsleycc@aol.com or contact Gina D'Amore at (914)835-4271 or email parsonsafterschool@gmail.com

Join the network today!

Please note the networking groups do not meet in August. 

The Council is pleased to host these groups. We encourage you to attend their meetings.
What's Cooking?

Pumpkin Apple Muffin

  • 2 cup flour, whole wheat
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large egg
  • 15 ounce pumpkin, canned
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup, quartered or chopped apple
  • 16 standard cupcake liners
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit .
  2. Add 1 cup of Chop apples
  3. Mix flour, sugar, pumpkin spice, baking soda and baking powder in large    mixing bowl. Set aside.
  4. Beat eggs in separate bowl. Mix in pumpkin puree and oil.
  5. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in chopped apple.
  6. Line muffin pan with baking cups. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full and bake 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean.
For more information on reimbursements for meals and snacks, contact Latoya Ramsey, Provider Services Coordinator at (914)-761-3456 x 118 or email her at latoyar@cccwny.org  

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: www.uwwp.org
How Delicious It Is to Give Back!

Shake Shack's Hartsdale location contributes  5% of sales of their Pie Oh My Concretes to the Council, so that we may continue to fight for quality early care and education for all children in Westchester.   Make sure you stop by and enjoy their ever changing Pie Oh My Concretes to support the Council!