April 2019
Parent Connections

Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Scholarship for Child Care Applications Due by May 15th 
#2  10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play
10 cosas que los padres deberían saber sobre el juego

1. Children learn through their play. Don't underestimate the value of play. Children learn and develop:
  • cognitive skills - like math and problem solving in a pretend grocery store
  • physical abilities - like balancing blocks and running on the playground
  • new vocabulary - like the words they need to play with toy dinosaurs
  • social skills - like playing together in a pretend car wash
  • literacy skills - like creating a menu for a pretend restaurant
2. Play is healthy. Play helps children grow strong and healthy. It also counteracts obesity issues facing many children today.

3. Play reduces stress. Play helps your children grow emotionally. It is joyful and provides an outlet for anxiety and stress.

1. Los niños aprenden jugando: No subestime el valor del juego, que es cómo los niños aprenden y desarrollan las siguientes habilidades:
  • habilidades cognitivas - para las matemáticas y resolver problemas cuando simulan estar en una tienda de comestibles
  • habilidades físicas - para equilibrar bloques y correr en el patio de recreo
  • vocabulario nuevo - para las palabras que necesitan para jugar con los dinosaurios de juguete
  • habilidades sociales - para jugar juntos en un lavadero de autos imaginario
  • habilidades para la lectoescritura - para crear un menú para un restaurante imaginario
2. Jugar es saludable. El juego ayuda a que los niños crezcan fuertes y sanos. También contrarresta el problema de la obesidad que muchos niños enfrentan actualmente.

3. Jugar reduce el estrés. El juego ayuda a que sus hijos crezcan emocionalmente. Es alegre y una salida para la ansiedad y el estrés.

#3 CDC's Milestone Tracker App
Download it free today on  iOS
and  Android devices in English and  Spanish!

Milestones Matter for Families!
Milestones Matter for Families!

Milestones matter! Track your child's milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC's easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child's development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!

Desarrollo Infantil: Es Mejor Saber
Desarrollo Infantil: Es Mejor Saber

Quality Corner
Infant and Toddler Care
A Good Caregiver is...

Loving and Responsive :
  • One who hugs, rocks, cuddles, seeks eye contact and enjoys the child
  • Who responds to the baby's smiles and emerging skills and interests
  • Who finds ways to expand upon each experience
  • Is sociable and interested
  • One who talks with the baby about what they do and see
  • A playful partner who introduces new ideas, objects and games
  • Who supports children in their social contacts with other children and adults
Respects the Child's Individuality :
  • One who understands and welcomes babies development
  • Recognizes the baby's personal rhythms, style, strengths, limitations and tunes into these when planning the pace and time for eating, sleeping and playing
  • Is comfortable with a special need or disabling condition
Offers Good Surroundings :
  • An area that is clean and safe so babies can explore their surroundings
  • An area filled with interesting and stimulating things to explore
  • Set up to promote learning through free play
  • Changed to accommodate the needs of growing infants and toddlers
  • Eating and diapering areas well organized so as to be comfortable and practical for adults while allowing them to focus on the child
Click & Check your 
Child Care's 
Violation History
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. 

Children's Corner
What to do in a Rainy Day.

We are happy to share this wonderful information from our friends at Community Playthings:
In our area, gentle spring showers or the aftermath of a storm are not an excuse to stay inside. "Rainy weather offers a deluge of new experiences that are not to be missed."
"Children should be dressed appropriately in rain gear and boots. Of course, use common sense, and don't go out if there's a chance of lightning or severe weather."
Click here, to view "10 ideas for What To Do On a Rainy Day".
Click here, to read the steps.

Health Corner
Free Measles Vaccines 
Westchester County Department of Health
 134 Court Street, White Plains
  Tuesday, April 30
10 am - 6 pm
Tuesday, May 14
10 am - 6 pm
  Schedule an appointment online (click here)
or call 995-5800

With the largest measles outbreak in the U.S. underway since 2000, Health Commissioner, Sherlita Amler, MD, urged unvaccinated children who will be attending summer camp, along with camp counselors, staff and Westchester residents to register for a free MMR vaccine clinic, offered by the Westchester County Department of Health.
Vacunas GRATIS
Contra el *Sarampión 
El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Westchester    
134 Court Street, White Plains  
    Martes, Abril 30 
10 am - 6 pm 
Martes, Mayo 14
10 am - 6 pm
        Programe una cita en línea en 
O llame al 995-5800

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  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
  • Milestone App
  • Things to Do
  • Rainy Day Fun
What's happening at the Council
The Goddard Gallery

Supporting our Key to the Future Scholarship Fund
The Goddard School
1 Jackson Avenue
Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
May 17th, 2019
Register Here
Early Ed Hall of Heroes

Mercy College 
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
June 21st, 2019
Dream Big
The Whitby Castle
330 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580
October 3, 2019
Council Office Closings 
Early Closing (3pm)
Friday, May 24th, 2019
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019
All Day
Monday, May 27th, 2019
Thursday, July 4th, 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
Budding Buddha's Yoga for Tots

When : Wednesday, May 1st, 11am
Where : The Westchester, White Plains
Cost : Free 
For more information, click here
Bicycles Sunday

When : Sunday, May 5th, 10am 
Where : Bronx River Reservation
Westchester County Center, White Plains 
Cost : Free
For more information, click here
Faraway Farm Alpacas

For more information,  click here

Greenburgh Nature Center

For more information,  click here

Sunday, May 5, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Creatures of Woodfrog Pond
Fee: $5 for members, $8 for non-members
Wednesday, May 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Zero Waste Leadership Summit
Fee: Free
Sunday, May 12, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Mommy's Lil' Sprouts
Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Fee: $5 for members, $8 for non-members
Sunday, May 19, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Feeding Fun
Fee: Free for members, $8 for non-members
Sunday, May 26, 1:00pm-2:00pm
For Shear Pleasure
Fee: $5 for members, $8 for non-members

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:  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
Egg Rolls

  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped celery   
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped carrot 
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 14 egg roll wrappers
  • 1 large egg white
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Combine celery and carrot in food processor, and pulse 10 times or until finely chopped
  3. Combine celery mixture and cabbage in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; vent. Microwave at high 5 minutes; drain
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, and garlic, sauté 2 minutes. Add turkey; cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cabbage mixture, 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, and pepper. Cover and chill 15 minutes.
  5. Place 1 egg roll wrapper at a time onto work surface with one corner pointing toward you (wrapper should look like a diamond). Trim 1 inch off right and left corners of wrapper. Spoon 3 tablespoons turkey filling into center of wrapper. Fold lower corner of egg roll wrapper over filling. Fold in trimmed corners. Moisten top corner of wrapper with egg white; roll up jellyroll fashion. Repeat procedure with remaining wrappers, turkey filling, and egg white.
  6. Lightly coat egg rolls with cooking spray, and place, seam side down, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 18 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. To prepare sauce, combine 3/4 cup soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and 1-tablespoon ginger; serve with egg rolls. Garnish with green onions, if desired.
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