November 2017          
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know

5 Ways to Stop Your Phone Addiction, According to Research

How long do you think the average work email goes unread? 10 minutes? 5 minutes?  1 minute?

Try 6 seconds.
In reality, 70 percent of office emails are read within six seconds of arriving.

Yes, Houston, we have a problem. Instead of improving our lives, technology is increasingly getting in the way of enjoying our lives. And the biggest source of trouble is that device that's with you wherever you go. I figured it was time to call an expert for some advice...
#2 Vote For Kids on November 7th
Voting for child care in Westchester benefits children in need, and our community. Educate yourself and vote for children!
#3 First Encounters with Race and Racism: Teaching Ideas for Classroom Conversations (share and use at home)
Race and racism are topics that regularly populate our news feeds and affect a wide variety of people in profound ways. But discussions about these topics can be difficult and provoke strong emotions.

Though teachers often need to confront race and racism in the classroom - they are, after all, integral parts of our history and culture, not to mention students' real lives - some feel tentative about how. We hope these ideas can help. They center on work from Race/Related, a New York Times feature that explores race "with provocative reporting and discussion" and includes firsthand accounts of diverse people dealing with the issue.

Health & Safety Corner

2017 - 2018 Influenza (Flu) Season It's That Time of Year ~ Are You Prepared? 

Influenza is a contagious disease that easily spreads every winter, usually between October and May. It can cause mild to severe illness that may result in hospitalizations and at times can lead to death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year an average of more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications. Severe complications are most common in children younger than 2 years old.
To learn key facts about seasonal flu , click here
To learn how the flu spreads , click here
To learn more about flu symptoms & complications , the differences between cold & flu symptoms , and emergency warning signs of flu sickness , click here
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
T he CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.
To learn New Flu Information for 2017 - 2018 guidelines for flu vaccination, click here

The Westchester County Health Department, will be providing free Flu Shots in October and November. For more information Click here    

Nominate an outstanding caregiver...
Each year we celebrate Westchester's early care and education community at our Annual Awards Breakfast. Women and men working in our field who have made a difference in the lives of children deserve our thanks. Please help us recognize them by nominating them for a "Joey Award"!  Simply complete and submit the below form. 2018 Nomination Form
Quality Child Care Corner
A new study published this month in the journal 
Child Development,  found that eight key teacher actions can make the difference between a mediocre preschool classroom and an excellent one...

Here's the list, dubbed "The Magic 8" by the principals of the three Early Learning Centers they studied:

  1. Reduce time spent in transition. Time moving from one activity to another is time when children aren't learning or engaged, which also increases the likelihood of negative behaviors.
  2. Improve level of instruction. Asking children open-ended, inferential questions and asking them to reflect on what they've learned or make predictions based on what they know improves student retention of new material and better prepares them for kindergarten.
  3. Create a positive climate. Using positive language to reinforce desired behavior rather than disapproving of specific student actions has a positive effect on children's ability to self-regulate.
  4. Increase time teachers listen to children. Children whose teachers spent significant time listening to them showed a stronger grasp of math concepts, letters and sight words. Children who spoke more frequently also had stronger self-regulation and vocabulary skills.
  5. Plan sequential activities. When children participated in activities that followed a logical order, like completing a puzzle or writing a message, they engaged in higher level thinking, which improved their problem-
    solving skills.
  6. Promote cooperative interactions between children. Children who worked often with peers were more involved in classroom activities, had better language skills, and were better at self-regulation.
  7. Foster high levels of child involvement. Children are better at reading comprehension, vocabulary and math when they are actively involved in an activity, like when a teacher asks them to answer questions or make predictions about the book she's reading.
  8. Provide math opportunities. Children who take part in multi-part math problems and discuss math concepts are better prepared for kindergarten and early math success, which is a strong predictor of late elementary school achievement.
Advocacy Corner

Expanding Outreach through Business Advisory Council
With the help of the talented and generous individuals on our Business Advisory Council, established earlier this year, we've created new materials and made exciting new contacts in the business community.

W e want every business owner, manager, and HR professional in the county to know how the Child Care Council's free resource and referral services help working parents find quality, reliable child care so they can be more present and productive. 
Can you help? Please  download  and share our employer information document, let us know if you can make an introduction to a business, or consider joining the Advisory Council! Contact Kathy Halas to learn more:

Did You Know...
The Council is Here for You!
Resources & Referrals!
Financial Help!
After School Care too!
Call us at 
914-761-3456 ext 140,  
email us at
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...
Things to Do
FIESTA! With Flor

When: November 4, 2017
Where: The Field Library, Peekskill
Cost: Free
For more information  click here.

In This Issue
  • Why you should VOTE for KIDS
  • Nominate your caregiver
  • Advocate for children
  • Things to Do
What's happening at the Council
2018 Annual Awards Breakfast
Friday, May 18, 2018
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, New York
More details to follow in early 2018
Council Office Closings 
All Day
Friday, November 24, 2017
Office closes at 3:00pm
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
2017 Toy Drive
The Child Care Council is happy to partner with Toy for Tots another year to bring joy to the holiday season.  There are many ways you may help:
  • Donate an unwrapped toy. 
  • Join us in the community to help encourage holiday shoppers to donate a toy. 
  • Help us sort toys with the Toys for Tots volunteers 
No Time to Shop? 
Visit our online wish list on amazon!
For more information contact Juanita Pope at or call her at (914)761-3456 ext. 106
Saving Puerto Rico
The efforts of the Council and other local businesses continues to help Puerto Rico.
Join the efforts, we are still accepting donations. 
Suggested donations:
Bottled Water, Baby Wipes, Hand Sanitize, Diapers, Baby Formula, Canned Non-perishable Foods, Dry foods, First-aid Kits, Laundry detergents, Tarps, Cots, Oral Re-hydration Salts, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste,
Stuffed animals, Toys, Books, Blankets, Canned and Dry Pet Food, Canned Milk, Dish Soap, Extension Cords, Garbage Bags, Ground Fault Protectors, Pain Relief Medicine, Pillows, Ropes, Safety Glasses, Stomach Relief Medicine, Towels, Work Gloves

Child Care Council of Westchester
313 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Send your caregiver to a great day of training
Infant Toddler Conference 
Friday, November 17, 2017
Peas & Karrots Child Care Center
Ossining, NY 
Click here for more information
Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 

Born Learning/Brain Research 
December 9th 11am
Bedford Hills Free Libarary
(914) 666-6472 

White Plains Parent Skills Coaching (Spanish)
9/26 to 12/12
(914) 358-4396  

What's Cooking
Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Roasted Veggies

  • 1 organic pie pumpkin, about 28oz or 15oz can organic pumpkin puree
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 16oz cauliflower florets cut into 1in pieces
  • 16oz quartered Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 12oz gluten-free or wheat rotini pasta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of butter
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 tbsp all purpose or gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free milk
  • 2/3 cup reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 5oz fresh grated Sharp Light Cheddar
  • 4oz fresh grated Gouda
  • 2tbsp fresh grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Fresh pepper to taste

1.  Preheat oven to 400F. Line  2 large baking sheets with aluminum foil, and coat with olive oil spray.
2.  Toss cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts with olive oil, and season with salt. Spread in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
3.  If you are roasting the pumpkin yourself, cut the top of the pumpkin as you would if you were carving a jack-o-lantern. Then cut it in quarters. Scoop out the seeds. Place the pumpkin on the prepared sheet pan and roast with other veggies in the oven at 400F for 35-37 minutes, stirring the vegetables and rotating pans halfway throughout cooking time, until vegetables are soft and have begun to brown.
4.  Remove the vegetables and pumpkin from oven, and when cool, remove the pumpkin from the skin. Discard the skin and place pumpkin in food processor. Puree until smooth, adding water by the tbsp if needed. 
5.  While vegetables roast, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting fat and salt. Drain and set aside.
6.  Over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook over low heat for about 2 minutes. Add flour, and cook another minute, or until the flour is golden and combined. Add milk and broth, and whisk, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil. Cook for about 4-5 minutes. Season with 3/4 tsp salt, nutmeg, and pepper.
7.  Once it begins to thicken, stir in pumpkin and cook until heated through (2mins). Remove from heat, add cheeses and mix until melted. Add the cooked macaroni and mix well. Fold in the roasted vegetables.


Things to Do
World Kindness Day
Monday, November 13, 2017 is World Kindness Day.
World Kindness Day encourages us to be kind to others, helping to create a nicer, better world.
Here are some ways your children can learn to be kind to others
  • Read a book about sharing

    Play a cooperative game

  • Make a donation bag together to give toys to children in need