May 2018              
#1 -Alert! Defective Fire Extinguishers
On November 2, 2017, the Consumer Protection Safety Committee issued a recall of Kiddie fire extinguishers with plastic handles. Consumers who own this product should immediately contact Kiddie to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire. If you have one of the recalled units, contact Kiddie at (855) 271-0773, or for more information,  click here

#2 - Child Care Scholarships are Available
There is still time left to submit the Early Opportunity Scholarship application.  The scholarships cover the period July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.  The deadline for applications is May 16, 2018.   EOS Application

#3 - Directors Health and Safety Training
Directors are responsible for hiring, training, and maintaining staff who provide healthy and safety environments for children. The Council is offering a new Directors Health & Safety training that is required for all new directors, and will help directors look at policies and procedures to reinforce high-quality health and safety practices.  Click here for more information.
 Professional Development Opportunities 

Don't miss our great summer trainings.  To see what we have in store,  click  2018 Summer Professional Development Training Calendar

Summer Highlights

 2018 Training Needs Survey
for Directors, Owners, and Staff

Your Voice Matters!
Every year we survey the training needs of the child care and after school community. Your answers will help us to offer trainings that fit your professional development needs.    There is a survey for each modality & job description!   Click here  to learn more and fill out the correct survey for a chance to win $50!
Dear Child Care Council?

My director says I can't have a cup of coffee near me when I am with the children.  Which regulation says that?

Answer: When you are caring for children, it is your responsibility to ensure that they are safe and receiving competent supervision at all times. This is the regulation you must follow in this case -
Safety 414.5(a), 416.5(a), 417.5(a), and 418.5(a) 
(a)  Suitable precautions must be taken to eliminate all conditions in areas accessible to children which pose a safety or health hazard.
Following this regulation, you cannot have any hot beverage in an open container. It is up to your program to decide whether a hot beverage in a spill proof container kept out of reach of children would be allowed.   At all times, your focus must be on the children and not on drinking coffee.  

No question is a dumb question, we are here to help. 
Call us at (914)761-3456 

Health Tip 
Sun Safety

The weather is finally getting warmer and children now have more time to play outside. Warm sunny days are wonderful, but children are especially vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation. 
Child care providers need to evaluate their sun-protection policies and procedures to ensure that children are protected from the sun while enjoying the outdoors.
Children are at greater risk for sun exposure because the outer layer of skin is thinner and they have more skin relative to their body mass. Therefore, a sunburn will cover more area and be more harmful. Sunburns are more than uncomfortable; they are also a major risk factor for melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer. The risk of skin cancer from sun exposure is significantly increased by time spent in the sun during childhood. Therefore, child care programs and parents need to work together to practice sun safety.
Here are a few Sun Safety Guidelines
Click here for Sun Safety: Information for Parents About Sunburn & Sunscreen from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Click here to read Baby Sunscreen Prevention
Click here to read How Can I Protect My Children From The Sun? from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Amor Y Paz, a local Group Family Program, Receives NAFCC Accreditation

Congratulations to Amor Y Paz and to Miriam Morgado, the owner/on-site provider, for demonstrating that they are a high quality program committed to providing excellent care for their children and families. The New Rochelle program went through a rigorous self-study and validation assessment to earn accreditation.
The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is the only professional association dedicated specifically to promoting high-quality early childhood experiences in the unique environment of family child care programs. NAFCC works on behalf of the one million family child care providers operating nationwide.
To find out more about NAFCC accreditation, contact Idie Benjamin at the Child Care Council at or 914-761-3456. 
Regulatory Reminder:  Outdoor Safety Reminder 416.5(a)
The change of seasons brings opportunities to move activities outside. Now is the time to check fences, gates, and playground equipment and correct unsafe conditions. The regulation requires that suitable precautions must be taken to eliminate all conditions in areas accessible to children which pose a safety or health hazard. 
Thank You For Raising A Glass!   
What a great night! Thank you to everyone who attended the Council's "Raise a Glass for Kids" wine tasting event at Vino 100 on April 19th, 2018.

Thank you to  Vino 100 White Plains for hosting our annual wine tasting event, "Raise a Glass for Kids" for the fourth year in a row! This was our best year yet, as we were joined by so many new friends in addition to our steadfast supporters.

It was wonderful to have  Westchester Talk Radio - produced by  Sharc Creative- there to conduct live interviews and help us get our message out. What message, you ask? That quality early care is as expensive as it is critical - and YOU can help ensure every child has the opportunity to achieve maximum brain growth and succeed in life by supporting the Council.

Couldn't make the event, but want to donate? Your gift will make an impact on Westchester children.  Click here to donate now.

To view our podcast of the event, click  here.  For more pictures of our happy supporters,  head over to our  Facebook  page. 
We're turning 50!

Can you guess who stopped by?  Kim De Salvo, one of our 2018 Joey Award honorees!  We can't wait to recognize her at our May 18th breakfast!

What's she holding? It's a happy birthday sign! That's right, the Council is turning 50 this year! Thanks, Kim, for being part of our journey. If you haven't yet, mark your calendars for October 18th, to celebrate with us at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. Honorees will be announced soon!
2018 Annual Awards Breakfast: Within Reach

Since 1968, we have been striving to make sure all children have the kind of quality early care and education that gives them the best chance to realize that their full potential is not some unattainable dream, but "Within Reach".
2017 Annual Awards Breakfast 

Join us on May 18th at our 2018 Annual Awards Breakfast   Register here

Celebrating the Champions for Children
Senator-Elect Shelley B. Mayer
Neighbors Link
Open Door Family Medical Centers

Celebrating the Joey Award Winners
Kim DeSalvo, Ardsley Children's Center
Vicki Forbes, Building Better Beginnings Program (WJCS)
Madeline Freed, All Aboard Childcare
Elizabeth Knowles, Little House Day Care 
We will be offering wonderful auction items via our online silent auction again this year! There are a variety of items ranging from $25 to $2,000. Our auction goes live on May 1, 2018 and ends on May 18, 2018.  

 Welcome New & Renewed 
Child Care Programs!

School Aged Child Care Programs
Club Fit Management Inc.

Family Child Care Programs:
123 Steps Day Care
Grace Corrales
School Aged Child Care Programs:
Premier Athletic Club

 Welcome New CACFP Participants
Isidro Gonell
Pelagia Frillo Terrero
Linda Serbeh
Jennifer Vicens
Council Staff Attend NYSAEYC Conference

Four members of our Professional Development Department attended this great conference from April 19-20 and three actually presented sessions.  

Dana Doyle, Professional Development Coordinator, presented "Bringing Back 'Risk' in Children's Play." Elizabeth Rodano, Infant Toddler Regional Coordinator, presented two sessions - "Letting Go of Letter of The Week" and "Strategies for Supporting Dual Language Learners." Idie Benjamin, Director of Professional Development, presented two sessions- "Shelter-in-Place: Are You Really Ready" and "Self-Esteem and Resilience." 

The conference was an opportunity for the Council staff to enhance their own professional development, network with colleagues and organizations, and speak with vendors at the expo about materials and services that would be of interest to Westchester programs. 
Yoga for Kids

Yoga has become quite a mainstream activity for adults but children can do yoga too.  Yoga at an early age sculpts young minds and bodies, and gives tools that will enhance and support children to be balanced, creative and calm individuals.   Check out our video below to view some simple ways to practice yoga with your children.  

CCCW Yoga Video
2018 Annual Book Drive

We've been collecting children's books since mid-March and soon we'll have thousands available to distribute.  
Child Reading Book
If you would like books for your child care or after school program,  contact Jami Flynn at or 914-761-3456 ext. 136. 
Celebrate Mother Goose Day!
May 1  

Rhymers are Readers: The Importance of Nursery Rhymes
Rhymes for young children have been passed down for generations. They are fun, children love them, and they provide a warm, nurturing experience between parent and child. What we may not be aware of as we recite simple nursery rhymes with children is their enormous educational value. 

Why are Nursery Rhymes important to children?
To learn more, and for more resources,  click here.
Yoga With Angela
  When : Friday, May 4th, 4:00-5:00pm
Where: Harrison Public Library
Cost: Free
For more information click here
Bicycle Sundays
When: Sundays in May from 10am-2pm
Where: Bronx River Parkway
Cost: Free
For more information click here
  • Upcoming Events
  • New Summer Calendar
  • Health Tip
  • Annual Awards Breakfast
  • Yoga Video
  • Silent Auction
  • 2018 Membership 
  • Annual Book Drive
  • Children's Corner
  • Family Fun and more 
Spring 2018 Center Directors Leadership Series 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
For more details click here

2018 Annual Awards Breakfast
Friday, May 18, 2018
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, New York
For more information  click here

50th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Elmsford, New York
For more information  click here

Council Office Closings 
All Day
Monday, May 28, 2018

Early Closing
Friday,  May 25, 2018, 3pm
Welcome, Teresa Garcia
Teresa is our new Bi-lingual Early Childhood Specialist. Teresa will provide technical assistance, and a range of training and support services to family and group family child care programs.  

Call Teresa at  (914)761-3456 ext. 142 with your questions.
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 email  
Become a Council Member today!

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 for your site
  • Printed Council Training Calendar
  • Early announcements of special programs and opportunities
  • Free Notary Public Services
  • Free member only networking meetings
  • 7.5% off Lakeshore Orders
  • Complimentary Council 2018 Calendar
  • Participation in our membership referral program
  • Exclusive member only annual events 

Call (914) 761-3456 or visit
to become a member today
Celebrate the Caregivers

In May, there are two special days to celebrate the wonderful, skilled individuals who educate and care for young children. These are days to say a special thank you to family and group family child care providers, teachers and directors in child care centers, and school age staff for the love they bring to their jobs every day. Children thrive under their care and teaching. 

May 8, 2018
Teacher Appreciation Day

May 11, 2018 
Provider Appreciation Day 
 Professional Development at Sarah Lawrence

Starting in April and continuing through to August, Sarah Lawrence College will be offering wonderful Professional Development Programs. To learn more, click here 
Plant a Seed for 
Child  Care

Quality child care grows our next generation of leaders!  
Plant a side with us on May 11th. 
It's as easy as 1-2-3!   See instructions below.
Free CPR/AED Course

The Child Care Council will celebrate CPR and AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, by offering free CPR/AED courses to 6 child care providers.  Simply complete the form below to be entered in a raffle for a spot at our free CPR course. 

Are you interested in training your entire staff at your facility?  Great, we will come to you. 
For more information about CPR/AED/First Aid trainings at your program contact Dana Doyle at (914)761-3456 x113 or via email at
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 that provides a certificate accepted by OCFS.

Providers Network
This group for registered family and licensed group family providers meets 4 times a year.  Elizabeth Knowles of Little House Day Care is the coordinator and can be contacted at 914-967-2707 or

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 for details.

School Age Directors Network
The Network meets the 3rd  Tuesday of the month from 10:00am-12:00pm. Contact Joanne Saporta at Chappaqua Childrens Workshop at or Lynn Lutomski at Irvington Children's Center at for more details.

The Council is pleased to host these groups. We encourage you to attend their meetings.
Promote Your Business Here

Many child care providers run alternate businesses.  Do you provide another service or sell a product?  We would love to hear about it and share with others in the child care community.  Let's help build successful businesses together.  To share, email Juanita Pope at
May 4th is 
National Kids Fitness Day

On May 4th, get moving to celebrate National Kids Fitness Day! There are so many fun activities to do with children of all ages, both inside and outside. Keep their imagination going while they build their motor skills and physical development with different activities and exercises that while engage each child! 

Here are some suggestions:

What's Cooking?

Avocado Fries with Lime Dipping Sauce

  • 8 Ounces (2 small) avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into 16 wedges
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons lime chili seasoning salt
For the lime dipping sauce:
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime chili seasoning salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Air Fryer:
1.  Preheat the air-fryer 390F degrees.
2. Place egg in shallow bowl. On another plate, combine panko with 1 teaspoon lime chili seasoning.
3. Season avocado wedges with 1/4 teaspoon lime chili seasoning. Dip each piece first in egg, and then in panko.
4. Spray both sides with oil then transfer to the air fryer and cook 7 to 8 minutes, turning halfway. Serve hot with dipping sauce.

Oven Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 425F, follow directions above and bake on a sheet pan until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes.


For more information on receiving reimbursements for meals and snacks contact Lindsay Tiernan at 914-761-3456 ext. 115 or email Lindsay at
Support the Council

Many easy ways to help!

Did you know TD Bank has an Affinity Program? 

TD will make an annual contribution to the Council based on the activity of all participating members' TD accounts. If you are already a customer, or wish to open an account, visit any of their locations and ask to be included in the Affinity Program to benefit the Council.
Support the Council while you shop!