March 2021
"One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world."
~Malala Yousafzai

On February 10th, the CDC updated its mask guidance. Read: Improve How Your Mask Protects You.

On February 11th, New York State announced that it will be following the updated guidance from the CDC regarding quarantine following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. According to the guidance, "asymptomatic fully vaccinated individuals" (those who have received both shots and at least two weeks have passed since the second shot), are no longer required to quarantine within 90 days after the second shot. You can read the full statement here.

As of February 15th, New Yorkers with certain comorbidities and underlying conditions are eligible to receive the vaccine.

To read more information on COVID-19, vaccines, and ways to help stop the spread, click here.

NEW Vaccination site opening March 3rd for all Westchester residents
Site location: National Guard Armory, 2 Quincy Place, Yonkers, NY 10701
To make an appointment, click Am I Eligible or call the vaccination hotline at 1-833-697-4829

The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM - 10PM, 7 days a week, to help New Yorkers determine if they are eligible and schedule vaccination appointments.


If you have any questions about your child care program, please contact your regulator directly.
Be Careful
OCFS has learned that child care programs are being contacted by individuals falsely representing themselves as employees of OCFS and/or the Department of Health. These individuals give the child care provider the name of their licensor/registrar and tell them the purpose of the call is to arrange a vaccine appointment for them. The individual gives the child care provider a "password" such as: 2010-I-LIRO 0145 for them to use to obtain the vaccine. The individual asks the child care provider for personal information to get them on a vaccination list, and in some instances, is threatening to shut the child care program down if they opt not to take the vaccine. Some scammers are offering free supplies to providers, reference the regulations, and mention the program's regulator by name.
The scammers speak English and Spanish.
OCFS and DOH are NOT calling child care programs to schedule vaccinations or give out free supplies
Category 10 - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE Institute Level 101 - 3 hour training)
This training aims to broaden the state's understanding of ACE's and their impact on young children, their families, and the field of early childhood education. The 101-Level ACE Institute Training for Child Care Providers and Educators is the first training in a series designed to broaden the awareness of the effects of ACE's on children. This is the foundational training in which providers will learn the basic brain science surrounding the ACE's research.
All staff must take training in this category. CCCW has trainers approved to provide this required training and we are eager to bring this to you!
Four Sessions are being offered in March & April:

  1. Saturday, March 13th - 9:30am - 12:30pm
  2. Monday, March 29th - 6:30pm - 8:00pm & Tuesday, March 30th - 6:30pm -8:00pm
  3. Saturday, April 10th - 9:30am - 12:30pm
  4. Tuesday, April 27th - 6:30pm - 8:00pm & Wednesday, April 28th - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
For other professional development opportunities, including more trainings, click here.
You Can Still Become A Member
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
  • Refer a friend and receive a voucher for a free training
  • No increase of NYS funding
  • State advocates' request for $485 mil increase for child care - NOT IN THE BUDGET!

  • No idea

Tell the Governor that it's critical that NYS funding for child care be added to this budget AND that the federal child care funding not get bogged down/held up in Albany, but out the door asap. Simply CLICK HERE! to send your letter to Governor Cuomo.

Please ask your staff, parents, family and friends to send their letters as well. The more letters, the better!
Develop Smarter and Faster!
The foundation for healthy development is built early. Brains and body systems are built over time, from the bottom up.
• In the first three years of life the brain develops most rapidly, forming more than 1 million new neural connections every second.
 • The billions of connections that form between neurons in the early, most active years provide either a strong or weak foundation for connections that form later.
•Programs that support infants and toddlers by promoting responsive relationships, reducing sources of stress, and strengthening core life skills build strong foundations for future success and could lower the high costs of health care for chronic illnesses that have their origins in early childhood adversity.
• Healthy development and a strong brain architecture built early in life are the foundations for all future learning, behavior, and health.

For more information about how you can help foster and promote healthy grow, contact any of our Infant/Toddler Specialists:
Carmelita Bota
Infant Toddler Specialist
914-761-3456 ex. 134
Sarah Merrifield
Infant Toddler Specialist
914-761-3456 ex. 107
Susan Panarella
Infant Toddler Mental Specialist
914-761-3456 ex. 224
Want a delicious recipe? Click the link below.

The Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP) provides nutritious meal and snack ideas that can be offered in your program. The goal of the food program is to encourage healthy eating and an overall healthy lifestyle.

The CACFP also offers reimbursements for programs that provide children and/or adults with daily nutritious meals and snacks. So it pays to be healthy!

Interested in learning more about the CACFP and how you can get your program enrolled? Contact Latoya Carney-Ramsey at 914-761-3456 ex. 118 or by email [email protected].
The National Runaway Safeline is a confidential crisis hotline that offers support to youth, teens, and concerned adults. Their mission is to keep America's runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. They provide many different outlets to speak with a trained professional team member including from phone, live chat on their website, email, forum, and text. The crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information and ways to reach them, visit: National Runaway Safeline.
The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) provides mental health to thousands of individuals yearly, through advocacy, community education, and direct services. The MHA is one of the leading advocates for this cause, providing mental health education and a wide array of services. They will provide some services to those who may not have insurance. A few of the services offered by the MHA include, but are not limited to, therapy & counseling, crisis stabilization programs, and children & family treatment and support services. For more information and other services offered, visit: The Mental Health Association of Westchester.
Need a fun activity to do with the kids? This Cardboard Tube Straw project is a great way to help children explore and develop many different skills such as, fine motor, creativity, math and listening. This is a great activity to get children started with threading and lacing.

You can take this activity even further, by having children count the holes, figure out building mini snowballs, snowmen, and more. Click the link below to find out how to make this cool project.
Join us for a virtual night of entertainment, giveaways, awards, and more. Child care professionals often don't get enough recognition for all of the hard and sometimes endless work they do to prepare our children for a successful future. Well, the Child Care Council of Westchester wants to tell them thank you.

This Early Education Hall of Heroes event honors some of the best caregivers in the field and highlights the importance of high quality child care. You may nominate yourself or any other amazing professional within the field to become a 2021 HOH recipient. To fill out a nomination form, click here.
Save The Date:
  • Early Childhood Conference - April 24th
  • Month of the Young Child - Celebrating the entire month of April
For other Council events, click the link below.
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!
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When you shop AmazonSmile and select The Child Care Council of Westchester, we receive a smile too! A portion of your purchase will be donated to the Council!
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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