April 2018          
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Child Care $$$

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#2 The Joy of Reading
April 2nd is International Children's Book Day

On April 2nd take time to read some of your favorite Children's Books to your kids! Here are some classics:

  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

#3 Fidget Spinner Safety
 I n light of some reported incidents with fidget spinners, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing these safety tips:
  • Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age.
  • The plastic and metal spinners have small pieces that can be a choking hazard. Choking incidents involving children up to age 14 have been reported.
  • "Light up" fidget spinners may come with button or lithium coin cell batteries. These batteries are an ingestion risk for children and the larger lithium coin cells can lead to severe burns in the esophagus.
  • Warn children of all ages not to put fidget spinners or small pieces in their mouths and not to play with the fidget spinners near their faces.
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
Celebrating Earth Day
We cannot protect something we do not love. We cannot love what we do not know, and we cannot know what we do not see. Or hear. Or sense 
- Richard Louv 
Earth Day is on April 22. Every day should be Earth Day, but once a year, we give our planet and the care it needs some special thought and celebrate our love for it.
Young children don't need to know about the problems. They need to grow to love the earth. Then they will naturally want to protect it.
Here are some special activities to celebrate this year - 


  • PLAY OUTSIDE - You have to experience the earth to love it.
  • Take a nature walk. Go to a park (not a playEarth Dayground) and explore.
  • Plant a seed or a plant or a tree.
  • If it is warm enough, start a vegetable garden
  • Make a bird feeder or a bird house.
  • Decorate a reusable cloth tote bag.
  • Use recycling materials for art projects.
  • Make recycling bins.
  • Read a book about the earth. See below for a list of great books.
  • Have an Earth Day party. Cook a special meal using healthy, organic, vegan foods. Use cloth napkins and tablecloths, canning jars filled with early wildflowers, and china plates and real cutlery. No waste!
{ Make every day Earth Day.  


For more Earth Day suggestions, click here

Advocacy Corner
Call for Kids.... On the Go

In an effort to increase NYS funding for child care, Council staff and Board members visited 18 child care/after school programs in the last few weeks.   We spoke to hundreds of parents who eagerly pledged to call the Governor and state leaders in support of child care funding.   We sent thousands of post cards to Albany and hundreds of email messages via our Voter Voice Campaign.   Thanks to all the programs that participated and those who conducted their own campaigns. We will keep working hard to make child care m ore affordable for parents and more financially sustainable for the programs.
Health & Safety Corner
Head Lice

Head lice are a common problem that usually affects children in preschool and elementary school-aged children. Each year millions of school-aged children in the United States get head lice. They can attach to the hair of anyone's head. It doesn't matter if the hair is clean or dirty and it doesn't matter how clean, dirty, rich, or poor the place or person is.
Although head lice may be a nuisance, they don't cause serious illness or carry any diseases. Head lice can easily be treated at home, but it's important for parents to check with the child's doctor first.

What are head lice?
Head lice are tiny bugs about the size of a sesame seed. Their bodies are usually pale and gray, but their color may vary. They feed on small amounts of blood from the scalp and can usually live 1 to 2 days without blood meal. Lice lay and attach their eggs to hair close to the scalp. The eggs and their shell casings are called nits. Some nits may blend in with some people's hair color, making them hard to see, and are often confused for dandruff or hair spray droplets. Nits attach to the hair with a stick substance that holds them firmly in place. After the eggs hatch, the empty nits stay on the hair shaft.
What are the signs and symptoms?
  • Itching of skin where lice feed on the scalp or neck
  • Scratching, especially behind and around the ears or near the nape of the neck
  • Nits may be glued to hair, mostly easily seen behind the ears or near the nape of the neck
  • Open sores and crusting from secondary bacterial infection.
Information for parents, "Head Lice: What Parents Need to Know", from the American Academy of Pediatrics,  click here

Information on Frequently Asked Questions and pictures of live from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here
For more information on what lice are, who gets them, getting rid of nits, etc, click here
Did You Know...
The Council is Here for You!
  Resources & Referr a l s!
Financial Help!
After School Care too!

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
  • Resources to Camps
  • Checklist for your visits
And much, much more...
In This Issue
  • Advocacy for Kids 
  • Lice
  • Win a $100 gift card
  • Fun family activities
What's happening at the Council
Wine Tasting Event
Thursday, April 19, 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
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

2018 Annual Book Drive

Our book drive kicked off on March 15th and run through April 28th.  
Each year we collect thousands of new and gently used books for children that are distributed to programs throughout the county.  
Help us this year by:
  • Donating books
  • Helping sort and organize books for delivery
  • Reading books to children at a center or after school program
  • Publicize the book drive by posting this flyer 2018 Book Drive
Board Support

    A big shout out to our board president, Craig Ruoff, for donating hundreds of books to our 2018 annual book drive. We thank you for continuing to support the work we do. 
Our board has our back!
  Photo of board members at our February monthly meeting.  
Things To Do
Wine Tasting Event
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Vino 100
White Plains, New York

All Together now

When : Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30am - noon,  Saturdays 11-11:30am 
From Monday April 2 to Monday April 30

Where : Chappaqua Library 
Cost : Free

For more information  click here
Graham Clarke
When : Fridays, 10-10:30am 

From Friday, April 6 to Friday, April 27

Where : Rye Free Reading Room

Cost : Free
For more information  click here
Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 
How to Understand and Support Your Child or Student with Anxiety
Date : 4/13/18
Time : 12:00pm-2:00pm
Location: White Plains
(845) 228-7457 x1108  

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

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

  • 4 medium (7oz each) sweet potatoes, washed and dried.
  • 1/2 lb 93%lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/ 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 chopped scallion, for garnish

1.  Cook the sweet potatoes by poking holes all over with a fork, then cook in microwave 7 to 10 minutes, or slow cooker low 6 to 8 hours or oven 425F about 45 minutes, or until tender.
2.  Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add the meat and steak seasoning to the pan and cook, breaking it up into small pieces. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, and red peppers to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and add red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, cook 4 to 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce, paste, and water to the skillet, stir to combine. Cover and
reduce heat to simmer and cook until carrots are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. 
3.  To serve, cut sweet potatoes open, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and top each with 1/2 cup of meat and scallion for garnish.

Coming Soon
Celebrate the Caregivers
In May, there are two special days to celebrate the wonderful, skilled individuals who educate and care for young children.

May 8, 2018
Teacher Appreciation Day

May 11, 2018 
Provider Appreciation Day