July 2019
Parent Connections

Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Win 1 $100 Gift Card

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#2 Think it Can't Happen to you... Think Again
Child Vehicular Heatstroke Fatalities by Circumstances (1990-2018)

Source: kidsandcars.org
It was a loving, responsible parent that unknowingly  left the child...

Leaving children unattended in a parked car, even for short periods, can cause heat strokes that can be fatal.
Heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related deaths for children under the age of 14. There was a total of 889 child heat stroke deaths from 1990-2018. There have already been 12 child heat stroke deaths in 2017.
Tips to Help Prevent: 
  • Look before you Lock... make it a habit
  • Leave a reminder for yourself... place your purse or bag in the back seat
  • Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child's car seat when it's empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.
  • If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely.
  • Safety Checklist
  • Kidsandcars

What you need to know: 
  • Vehicles heat up very quickly
  • Children's bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults. 
  • It only takes  10 minutes for a car to reach deadly temperatures. 
  • Leaving car windows open does not slow the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature.
Additional Resources:

#3  Screening Under the Stars
August 2nd 
Westchester County Parks and Sharc Events present Entergy Screening Under The Stars. 
Stop by our booth to say hello and receive a treat!
Friday, August 2nd 
6:00pm entertainment, movie starts at dusk
Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Road,
Valhalla NY
Children's Corner
Go On a Nature Scavenger Hunt


There is always something interesting to find outside in a yard, on a playground, or in the neighborhood. Go on a hunt to find treasures. Children all of ages can go on a nature scavenger hunt that designed just for their age. Scavenger hunts give children opportunities to increase their language skills, to practice their ability to focus on their environment, and to use problem solving and creative thinking skills.
Be safe: Don't include berries on your list and supervise children so that there is no tasting while they are hunting.  So go outside and find something that...

An open-ended scavenger hunt:
  • Is a certain color
  • Is dry or wet
  • Is shiny
  • Is beautiful
  • Is tiny or big
  • Is a flower
  • Is fuzzy
  • Is soft or hard
  • Is rough or smooth
  • Is flat or raised
  • Is alive
  • The wind blows
  • Different shapes
  • Crawls or moves
  • Has no legs, four legs, or six legs
  • Makes a sound
  • Is sticky
  • Has a smell
  • Releases an aroma when crushed, such as sage
  • Is a good hiding place
  • Is an animal's home
Things to See
  • Insects, such as a butterfly, dragonfly, grasshopper, and beetle.
  • A spider web.
  • Leaves from different trees
  • Frogs, toads, and lizards.
  • Wildflowers.
  • Find feathers or abandoned birds' nests.
 Things to Collect
  • Pinecones, dandelions, seeds.
  • Collect ferns, moss, pinecones, seeds, thorns, and other botanical specimens.
  • Colored rocks, quartz, or flat skipping stones.
  • Encourage identification skills by having the kids find different types of leaves or flowers native to your area. (Look for regional field guides in your local library or on enature.com, or do an internet search for the 'native plants' of your state.)
  • Find a temporary 'pet,' such as a frog, snail, or grasshopper. (You should let them go after you've observed them.)
  • Look carefully for something 'camouflaged,' such as a walking stick insect or a moth that blends in with its surroundings.
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. 

Health Corner
Home made bug sprays are fine for at home but not a child care....  
Home Made Bug Sprays 
are NOT Acceptable
Programs may not accept or apply home made bug sprays. As per your Health & Infection Control Regulations, prescription and over-the-counter medication must be kept in their original bottles or containers. 
Your home made bug spray is not considered a prescription or over-the-counter medication and the child care program/provider follows your health & infection control regulations and your health care plan.
Ask to see Section 9 of their health care plan it covers all over-the-counter Topical Ointments (TO), Sprays (S), and Insect Repellent (R).  It states:
  • All over-the-counter TO/S/R will be kept in the original container.
  • Any over-the-counter TO/S/R will be applied in accordance with the package directions for use.
Parents may apply the home made product on their child at home.
To review section 9 of the Health Care Plan, click here

When your are ready to think about after school care.... we are here to help!!!!
  Resources & Referr a l s!
Financial Help!
After School 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
  • Screening Under Stars August 2nd
  • Things to Do
  • Homemade Bug Spray
What's happening at the Council
Book Drive wtih Morgan Stanely

Our volunteers work to ensure EVERY child in  Westchester has access to diverse and  developmentally appropriate books!

Thank you to our Board Member Joyce Cadesca and the Morgan Stanley team members for collecting books and then spending hours at the Council getting them ready for distribution.  Now the books will quickly get into the hands of children who need them!

Dream Big
The Whitby Castle
330 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580
October 3, 2019
Council Office Closings 
Early Closing (3pm)
Friday, August 30, 2019

All Day
Monday, September 2, 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
Screening Under the Stars
Friday August 2nd 

When : August 2nd 6pm, movie starts at dusk
Where : Kensico Dam, Valhalla
Cost : Free 
For more information, click here
Storytime in the Garden

When : Sunday, August 4th, 10am 
Where : Untermeyer Park & Gardens Yonkers, NY
Cost : Free 
For more information,  Click here
Community Fun!

Stop by our table at any of the below community events. 
Screening Under the Stars
Kensico Dam Plaza
Valhalla, NY
August 2nd, 2019
Click here  to learn more

New Rochelle Street Fair
515 North Ave
New Rochelle, NY
September 8th, 2019
Click here to learn more

Yonkers Riverfest
Downtown Yonkers, NY
September 14th, 2019
Click here to learn more

Parent Education
Westchester County & Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health Present 2nd Conference on Concussion
A FREE presentation for: Parents, Coaches, School Administrators, Athletic Trainers, Healthcare Professionals, Youth Athletes.

Each year, millions of children suffer from athletic head injuries that may result in concussion. The debate around the topic has led to confusion and misinformation. 
Learn about: 
  • How to recognize signs and symptoms of concussions, what to watch for and help for navigating the process if your child is injured 
  • The important role of exercise and active rehabilitation post-injury 
  • The impact on Return to Learn AND Return to Sports 
Conference Details: 
Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY
To register,   click here 

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
Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket

  • 1 package crescent dinner rolls sheet pastry (it should come out as one large piece of dough)
  • 5 low-sodium, low-fat turkey hot dogs, precooked and sliced in half
  • 2 slices low-sodium American cheese
  • Ketchup for dipping
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Cut dough vertically into four rectangles. Then cut those rectangles in half (horizontally) and then cut those rectangles diagonally (into triangles).
  3. Cut cheese into six bite size chunks. Place cheese on the wider inside of the dough. Place a sliced hot dog on top of the cheese and roll dough up so it forms a crescent. Repeat until all ingredients have been used.
  4. Bake for at least 10 minutes, or until crescents are golden brown. Serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Support the Council 

How delicious it is to give back!
Shake Shack  recently opened a new Hartsdale, NY location, and chose to give back to the Child Care Council of Westchester through their Charitable Partnership Program. 

5% of sales of their Pie Oh My Concretes will be donated to the Council, so that we may continue to fight for quality early care and education for all children in Westchester.
Make sure you stop by and enjoy their ever changing Pie Oh My Concretes to support the Council!   
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Support the Council while you shop!