#1 - Epi-Pen and Inhaler Recalls
Make sure to check the EpiPens in your program to see if you have any with the impacted lot numbers.
If you have an EpiPen that has been recalled, it will need to be replaced.
Share the recall information with parents.
There has been a recall on Ventolin HFA Albuterol Sulfate Inhalers.
GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Two Lots of Ventolin HFA Albuterol Sulfate Inhalers.
More than 593,000 inhalers are involved in the recall. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the recall is due to a "defective delivery system."
Three lots of Ventolin HFA 200D Inhalers are impacted and they have the following lot numbers of 6ZP9848, 6ZP0003 and 6ZP9944.
, to read more information.
Stay up to date on recalls. Each month there are updated recalls fr many products that may be in use in your child care program. It is important that you regularly visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to ensure that you are not using any of these products. Please visit this link to view the most current recall notices:
#2 - Mandatory 5 Hour OCFS Training
Foundations in Health and Safety e-Learning was developed by OCFS to meet a new Federal requirement. This 5 hour training is mandatory for child care employees and must be completed by September 30, 2017. The following employees must complete this training: Providers, Assistants, Substitutes, Directors in School Age & Daycare Centers, Teachers & Assistants in School Age & Daycare Centers, Volunteers in all programs. The training can be accessed at the following website:
If you do not have access to a computer for this training please contact us and we will make arrangements for you.
#3 - Child Care Scholarships are Available
We are delighted to announce that applications are open for our Early Opportunity Scholarships which cover the period July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018. the deadline for APPLICATIONS is May 30, 2017.
YOUR BUSINESS IS OUR BUSINESS
Child Care CUT in NYS Budget
Even though only 17% of NYS lower-income families that are eligible for a child care subsidy currently receive one, $7 Million was cut from child care in the final budget. Another 900 children could be eliminated from the program.
Last year and again this year, advocates called for big increases in child care funding to help implement new federal regulations that improve safety and quality AND bring more children into the program.
We not only didn't succeed, we lost ground.
This cut in the state budget will undoubtedly be felt here in Westchester where programs are already struggling without a rate increase in years and parents are struggling with a co-pay stalled at 27%.
At the Council we will redouble our efforts to secure more funding for child care. We need the help of every program and provider that cares for children and families.
2017 Training Needs Survey
DIRECTORS, OWNERS, STAFF -
YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR TRAINING NEEDS - from topics to times!
USE THE LINKS BELOW!
Every year, the Child Care Council of Westchester surveys the training needs of the child care community. Your answers will help us to offer trainings that fit your professional development needs.
for taking a few minutes to complete this short survey. We appreciate your assistance. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete.
WIN A $50 VISA GIFT CARD!
2 people from each modality will win! Fill out the survey to be eligible.
Professional Development Opportunities
The 2017 Summer Training Calendar is Here!
Nurture Playful Wonder
with Trainings at the
Child Care Council of Westchester
To find great training's, go to:
Is your health care plan up to date?
The Office of Children and Family Services has recently updated health care plans. Below
are the OCFS updated Health Care Plans.
Read and become familiar with the updates and how they may impact your program and parents.
Family Day Care/ Group Family Day Care/Small Day Care Center
Regulation Reminder: Acting Director 417 or 418.11(a)(1)
(a) Child Enrollment Requirements.
(1) Other than children who are enrolled in kindergarten or a higher grade, no child
may be accepted for care in a child care program unless the program has been
furnished with a written statement signed by a health care provider verifying that the
child is able to participate in child day care and currently appears to be free from
contagious or communicable diseases. A child's medical statement must have been c
ompleted within the 12 months preceding the date of enrollment.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE COUNCIL
We Raised a Glass for Kids!
What a great night! Thank you to everyone who attended the Council's
"Raise a Glass for Kids"
event on March 30th.
Thank you to
VINO 100 White Plains
for hosting our annual wine tasting event "Raise a Glass for Kids" for the third year in a row! This was our best yet, as we were joined by so many new friends in addition to our steadfast supporters.
It was wonderful to have
Westchester Talk Radio
--there to conduct live interviews and help us get our message out. What message, you ask? That quality early care is as expensive as it is critical - and that YOU can help ensure every child has the opportunity to achieve maximum brain growth and succeed in life by supporting our early care scholarship fund!
Check out the podcast,
For more pictures from the event, head over to our
And be sure to connect with our friends at Westchester Talk Radio:
Download their APP in iTunes, WestchesterTalk
Exciting news! For the first time, and in conjunction with the Annual Awards Breakfast, the Council will conduct an online silent auction. There are a variety of prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000. The auction goes live on May 1, 2017 and ends on May 19, 2017.
Check out the items now!
Make Magic Happen
Check out one of our 2017 Joey Award winners, Krystal Hill.
Krystal joined the child care community years ago and has "made magic" for so many young children by providing learning and support that will impact them forever.
Our Westchester child care community "Makes Magic Happen" for thousands of our children each day. If you had a magic wand, what would you do differently for our children? Join us at our Annual Awards Breakfast on Friday, May 19, 2017 as we recognize honorees for the Joey and the Champion for Children awards.
Visit our website for further details.
pecial guest appearance by
Don't miss out on his performance.
Infant Toddler Conference
The 2017 Spring Infant Toddler Conference was held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at St. Ann's Peas and Karrots in Ossining. Almost one hundred early childhood professional attended. The keynote speaker, Marjorie Brickly, Program Director of the Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention Program at Bank Street College, presented on the importance of children being the center of curriculum planning.
The participants chose to attend one of five break-out sessions: The Importance of Language, Appropriate Social-Emotional Curriculum, Pause, Observe and Reflect, How Do I Plan For Them All? and Los Ninos Son Lo Mas Importante. The participants gave the conference high marks on the session and overall conference evaluations. The Conference was an overall success. We would like to thank Peas and Karrots for once again hosting our event.
Congratulations to Rob Kissner!
Congrats, Rob! We appreciate everything you do!
Child Care Programs:
Family Day Care
Family day care of excellence
Family Day Care
Love Little Hearts Learning Center
School Aged Child Care
Family YMCA Tarrytown
Welcome New CACFP Participants:
Westchester Group Family Program Earns NAFCC Accreditation
Congratulations to Little Angels Child Development and to Angela Bayer, the owner/on-site provider, for demonstrating that they are a high quality program that provides excellent care for children and families. The Yonkers program went through a rigorous self-study and validation assessment.
The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is the only professional association dedicated specifically to promoting high-quality early childhood experiences in the unique environment of family child care. NAFCC works on behalf of the one million family child care providers operating nationwide.
NAFCC sponsors the only nationally recognized accreditation system designed specifically for family child care providers. Family child care providers achieve accreditation through a process that examines all aspects of their program, i.e. relationships, the environment, developmental learning activities, safety, health, and professional and business practices.
Children's Books that Empower Boys
In March, we suggested books that empower girls. Now we offer books that help boys
accept themselves for all that they can be while encouraging them to slow down and hear a great
story. Learning to love books starts with books that are of interest to children. Boys tend to be active and rambunctious. They need books that are full of adventure, and humor - the crazier the better. Non-fiction books about animals and nature show them a world to explore. They also can learn from books about feelings, friendship, and relationships. Some of these books may seem a little strange, but boys (and girls) will love them.
Sing, Dance and Listen to Stories
The library is a place to be quiet and read books. However, the Westchester Library System offers many more activities for children including reading.
The Portchester-Rye Brook Public Library offers sessions for young children to sing, dance, listen to stories and rhymes, and meet friendly puppets.
Join the FREE fun!
Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library
1 Haseco Avenue, Port Chester, NY
When: Mondays in May (except May 29th) at
Call for more information 914.939.6710
- Upcoming Events
- Epi-Pen and Inhaler Recalls
- Summer Training Calendar
- Board Highlights
- New child care programs in Westchester
- 2017 Membership
- Free CPR Course
- Online Silent Auction
- Free Family Activities
- and more