January 2019
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Take a Minute ~ Accidents Can and Do Happen in Child Care
Accidents can happen to children in the best of programs, but it is imperative for families to constantly check the compliance history of the child care program that their children are in. A parent shared, "I have been using the same family child care provider for 10 years and have known her for 20 years. I still check her compliance history at least once a year. It is one way to know that everything is okay." Take a moment to check your child care program.

A child care specialist can help explain the violations or answer your questions: 914-761-3456 x 140.
Also, check in with your child care program to make sure that they have proper policies and procedures in place to minimize the occurrence and to take the proper steps immediately, should an accident occur. Make sure your child's emergency information is current. Here are some questions to ask your program to see how they are doing?
  • Is your child care program following the OCFS regulations for staff qualifications, the teacher-child ratios including when a teacher must step out of the room for any reason, and not mixing age groups?
  • Do children have competent, direct supervision at all times?
  • Do caregivers carry out daily safety checks to make sure all areas are free from dangers?
  • Do caregivers consistently safeguard hazardous areas such as heavy doors, tables or other furniture that have the potential to tip or fall?
  • Are the caregivers properly trained to promptly handle emergency situations?
  • Are the caregivers aware of what types of incidents should trigger a call to 911?
  • Do the caregivers know how to properly communicate the nature of serious injuries to parents or emergency contacts?
  • Does the care giver have current emergency information and is it readily accessible?
  • Are the caregivers knowledgeable about their Health Care Plan and each child's Health Care Plan including who can administer medications?
  • Does the program's Health Care Consultant regularly come to the program and personally review the paperwork and medications of children in the program?
  • Have the care givers received in-person training on the OCFS regulations and Child Abuse Prevention and Identification?
The Council is here to help 914-761-3456 x 140.  


#2  The Doctor Says.... Read
When doctors say 'Read'. new parents listen

A campaign to get parents talking, reading and singing to their infants and toddlers by sending the message through pediatricians is working, new report shows.

Nearly four years ago, a baby boy named Anselmo Santos sat in his doctor's office in Oakland, California, chewing on a cardboard children's book. The book came from a specially designed tote bag of literacy tools that Anselmo's doctor had just handed his mother. While the chubby infant chewed, Dr. Dayna Long explained the importance of talking, reading and singing with young children to encourage healthy brain development.

"You taught me something I didn't know," Nicole Wright, Anselmo's mom, told the doctor when she heard that 80 percent of a child's brain is developed by the time they turn 3. "I talk to him from the time he gets up until the time he goes to bed. It's something we're already doing, but we'll do it even more."

#3 Asthma and Allergies
Let us start the New Year off by providing your child care provider with an updated medical form (Click Here for Form), especially if your child has an allergy or asthma.

It is better for the caregivers to know all about your child's medical issues before something happens. It is also Latino Children  required for your child care program to be in compliance with OCFS regulations. Remember that a child care program can only administer medications when their license or registration certificate states that they are approved. However, programs can accept emergency medications (Asthma inhaler, Nebulizer or Epi-pen and Benadryl), BUT they must have all of the required paperwork and a verification stating they were trained by you as the parent on how to either give/administer the emergency medication. Benadryl cannot be accepted without and Epi-pen.   

Did you know that there are 6 Asthma Friendly Endorsed Child Care programs in Westchester County. 
Call 914-761-3456 x 140 
to learn who they are.
Children's Corner
15 Reasons to Take Children Outside in the Winter

Even when it is cold and gray, children should go outside. There are so many benefits for children when they play outside. Too many children are spending too much time inside during the winter months. Too often adults say that the children won't like the cold. If dressed properly, the children will be fine. AND if the adults dress properly, they will be fine too!
Of course, in inclement weather, children should not be outside. But if it is just cold, bundle up, and go out. Even infants will benefit from the fresh air. 

Health Corner
How do you know if it is too cold to go outside? 

 A good reference for child care programs is to use Weather Watch. It will tell you 
when it is too hot or too cold to take children outside. 

Sometimes we think of winter as being a time of
 "nothing to play with" because everything is covered in snow. Parks may be empty, local outdoor events may decrease, and items that we use in the summer months may not be practical anymore. However, creating and engaging in winter play activities is actually fun for both you and your child, and very easy to do! 
Just remember to gear up! For you and your child to have a great time in the cold weather, the most important thing to consider is appropriate clothing, such as layers, mittens, headgear and more.
For fun winter weather activities and tips on how to best dress your kids for winter play, click here

Join Us for Advocacy Day 
February 4, 2019

If you believe, like we do, that child care should be more affordable and subsidy reimbursements to programs/providers should be higher!

For more info, email Kathy Halas, Executive Director at kathyh@cccwny.org

What's Cooking
 Loaded Baked 
Omelette Muffin

  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 9 large whole eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 strips cooked chopped bacon
  • 3 tablespoons thawed frozen spinach, drained
  • 3 tbsp diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp diced bell pepper
  • 2 oz shredded cheddar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the muffin tins with cooking spray.
  1. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, then season with salt and pepper. Mix in remaining ingredients and pour mixture into molds.
  1. Place tins on a cookie sheet and bake 20-25 minutes, until set. Serve.

Did You Know...
The Council is Here for You!
  Resources & Referr a l s!
Financial Help!
Care when school is closed!

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
  • Immunization
  • Things to Do
  • Food for the community
  • Playing outside in the winter
What's happening at the Council
Annual Staff Retreat: Bonding, Learning, Collaborating

Every year we take time to strengthen our bond with our co-workers during our Annual All Staff Retreat. This year was extra special, along with building our relationships and growing together as an organization, we had the wonderful opportunity to give back to our community by visiting Feeding Westchester.  We packed over 900 "backpacks" of food going to food insecure children throughout Westchester.

11th Annual Children's Book Drive!  

Drop off books between March 15th and April 30th, 2019 to:
Child Care Council of Westchester: 
313 Central Park Avenue, Suite 4,  Scarsdale, NY
(Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; 
call for Saturday hours)

The Child Care Council of Westchester and Westchester Chapter of the New York Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC) are celebrating the Week of the Young Child with our 11th Annual Children's Book Drive. 
Early literacy skills cannot develop without access to high quality books, but many programs in Westchester County do not have enough books for the children in their care. 
Please donate books to Westchester programs serving children who need high quality books. 
Please only donate books in very good condition that can be used and enjoyed by children ages 0-12. We especially welcome books depicting diverse ages, abilities, and cultures. We cannot accept electronic books.
For more information or questions, please call the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. at (914) 761-3456 ext. 136 or 106
Raise a Glass 
Annual Wine Tasting
Vino 100
171 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
April 11, 2019
Early Ed Hall of Heroes
Mercy College 
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
June 21, 2019
Council Office Closings 
All Day
Monday, February 18, 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
Cuentos y Canciones

Fecha : los viernes 
10:30am hasta 22 de marzo
Ubicación: Warner Library, Tarrytown
Costo gratis
Para más información
Stories, Songs and Surprises

Tuesdays at 2pm, Thursdays at 11:15am from Feb. 5th to Feb. 28th

Bedford Free Library

Cost : Free
For more information, click here

Feed the Birds Day
February 3rd

Let's help birds survive the long cold 
winter by feeding them.  Mid and late winter are especially hard on outdoor animals. By mid-winter food sources become scarce. Bundle the children up and have a nature walk or visit your backyard to feed the birds. It might be a great idea to make a bird feeder with the children. Have some learning fun and help our wildlife at the same time.

Parent Education
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Community Resources
Impacted by the government shut down?
Feeding Westchester is ready to help....  

FIND HELP  - Federal workers or anyone in need can use our  interactive map  to help locate services. By clicking on a specific location, visitors can access hours, contact information, and any special requirements.
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: 

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