January 2021
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"To the world you may be just a teacher, but to your students you are a HERO!" ~Unknown
COVID UPDATES & RESOURCES

In December, the FDA issued emergency use authorizations (EUA) for two vaccines.

Here is the current fact sheet for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Here is the current fact sheet for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.

For other COVID-19 resources, including OCFS Reporting Requirements for COVID-19, OCFS Policy on Clarification of the Terms Serious Incident, Serious Injury, Serious Condition, Communicable Disease and When to Obtain Emergency Medical Care, and more, click the link below.
START FRESH IN THE NEW YEAR WITH THESE EXCITING TRAININGS
Let us help you brainstorm some ideas on how to grow your business during a pandemic.
Children need to express themselves. Let's help them do it in a healthy manner.

Come discover new activities that are sure to get the kids moving.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Need to fulfill more training hours? The Council's got you covered. Click here to find more trainings.
Want to increase your knowledge of early child care education and advancing your career in a meaningful way? Then the Child Development Associate (CDA) program is the way to go.

To obtain or renew your CDA, click the links below for more information.
REGULATION REMINDERS: 416.7(h), 417.7(h), 418-1.7(k), 418-2.7(h) Weather

Programs must offer daily supervised outdoor play, except during inclement or extreme weather or unless otherwise prohibited by a health care provider. Parents may request and programs may permit children to remain indoors during outdoor playtime so long as such children will be supervised by an approved caregiver. Please see link https://www.c-uphd.org/documents/wellness/weatherwatch.pdf
2021 MEMBERSHIP IS UNDERWAY!
JOIN BY JANUARY 31ST TO RECEIVE EARLY BIRD RATES!!
Enjoy some AMAZING benefits:

  • Membership Certificate to post at your site
  • Discounted calendar trainings and on-site trainings
  • Listing on our website with a link to yours
  • Free postings on the Council's job bank
  • Free Members Only networking events
  • Lakeshore Learning coupon and discount
  • Printed Council Training Calendars
  • Free promotional gift
  • Refer a friend and receive a voucher for a free training
ADVOCACY UPDATE
Help is coming for both parents and child care providers in the 2021 Westchester County budget! Due to the leadership of County Executive George Latimer and the Westchester County Board of Legislators, the parent co-payment for the child care subsidy will be reduced from 25% to 23% of income over the federal poverty level AND subsidy reimbursement rates will increase by 2% for providers with DSS contracts.

"In the toughest of budget environments, both the County Exec and the BOL made child care a priority and we thank them!" attested Council Executive Director Kathy Halas.
WHO'S FASTER...A CHILD OR POISON?

With more people, more cleaning products and more medicine in the homes, due to the pandemic, it's important to know how to keep your family safe.

If you need tips on how to properly store household products, medicines and other potentially harmful items, click the link below.
If you suspect a child has accidentally taken medication or other poison, call the Poison Control number immediately. Do not wait for the child to look or feel sick.

Poison Control Hotline 1-800-222-1222
WHAT'S COOKING WITH CACFP?

Are you enrolled in CACFP, the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program? The Child Care Council of Westchester is a contracted sponsor of CACFP and works directly with home-based childcare programs to provide children with nutritious meals and snacks.

The CACFP will be launching a COVID survey for all participants. Anyone who takes it will be eligible to win a $100 gift card. Share your experiences, challenges and needs related to providing meals and snacks to children during the COVID-19 pandemic to help guide future training and technical assistance programming. Take the Survey.

Interested in learning more about the CACFP? Contact Latoya Carney-Ramsey at 914-761-3456 ex. 118 or by email latoyar@cccwny.org.
Want a delicious recipe? Click the link below.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
If you are a Westchester homeowner who has missed payments due to COVID-19, or have a forbearance agreement, Community Housing Innovations has government grants that can pay up to four months of mortgage payments, property taxes, and insurance. There is no fee to see if you qualify. Click here to get started.
Many families are in need of food during these difficult times. Feeding Westchester offers a map tool to help people find a food pantry, hot meal program, and/or an emergency food delivery service closest to them. Visit Feeding Westchester to find assistance near you.
United Way's 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, multilingual information and referral helpline that offers information about things such as, food assistance, housing/shelter assistance, abuse prevention, elder care, mental health services, and much more. Learn more by visiting United Way
Westchester County's government is built upon more than 40 specialized departments. Although each department offers its own diversity, the common goal is to deliver high-quality services to all residents in the county. Whether it be health, public safety, social services, employment, or something else, there are resources available to you. Visit Westchester County Departments for more information.
CHILDREN'S CORNER
Need a fun activity to do with the kids? This Bright White Dough project will be sure to help children explore many different skills, from sensory to fine motor, creativity, literacy, and math.

You can take this activity even further, by building mini snowballs, snowmen, and more. Click the link below to find out how to make this cool project.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE COUNCIL
MEET SANTA EVENT/TOY DRIVE
THANK YOU! The Council's Meet Santa Event and Toy Drive was a huge success. Not only were we able to spread joy to families who came to meet Santa, but through your generous donations, we were able to extend that joy to others through our partnership with Toys for Tots.

You can stay connected with us and find other events that are happening at the Council by clicking the link below.
WELCOME ALYCE
We are happy to welcome Alyce Gorch as a new member of our Board of Directors! We are looking forward to working with her.
COUNCIL CLOSINGS
Thursday, December 31st
Friday, January 1st
Friday, January 15th
Monday, January 18th
The Child Care Council of Westchester’s Board of Directors are dedicated Westchester professionals who understand the vital importance of quality early care and education, and volunteer their time and resources to support our mission. We are always looking for new members to lend their voice for the children and child care professionals by bringing innovative ideas, through advocacy work, and more. If you are interested in becoming a board member, we would love to talk with you. Click the link below to find out how you can help.
If you are passionate about child care and making a positive impact, looking for a great career opportunity, or simply want to volunteer, we would love to work with you. Learn more about open positions, and how to apply, below!
THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO SUPPORT THE COUNCIL
The Council has teamed up with Stop & Shop for their Community Bag and Giving Program! This program is designed to make it easy for shoppers to give back to their local communities while supporting the environment.

Each time a shopper purchases the $2.50 Community Bag at the Dobbs Ferry Stop & Shop, the Council will receive a $1.00 donation.

Visit the Dobbs Ferry Stop & Shop at 390 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 by January 31st to support this effort.
When you support quality early care and education, your donation lasts a lifetime. If you wish to donate monetarily or any other way, you can find out how to do so by clicking the link below.
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