May 2017             
#1 - Epi-Pen and Inhaler Recalls 
There has been a worldwide recall of EpiPen Auto-Injectors.  Please see the article regarding the EpiPen recall.
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.   Click here , 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.     

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

TELL US ABOUT YOUR TRAINING NEEDS - from topics to times!

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.
THANK YOU  for taking a few minutes to complete this short survey. We appreciate your assistance. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete.  
2 people from each modality will win! Fill out the survey to be eligible.

Please ask all of the staff in your program to fill out a survey!
Family or Group Family ProgramOwners/Providers & Staff


Fill out the survey - you will be eligible to win a $50 Visa Gift Card.

For more information, contact Idie Benjamin at (914) 761-3456, ext. 108 or 
 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:
Health Tip 
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.
Day Care Centers
Family Day Care/ Group Family Day Care/Small Day Care Center
School-Age Child Care
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.
We Raised a Glass for Kids!

What a great night! Thank you to everyone who attended the Council's 
"Raise a Glass for Kids"  wine tasting  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 --produced by  Sharc Creative --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,  here !
For more pictures from the event, head over to our  Facebook  page.

And be sure to connect with our friends at Westchester Talk Radio:
Download their APP in iTunes, WestchesterTalk
Place Your Bid!

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!

Register TODAY
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.  

S pecial guest appearance by  MagicDave.   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!
On Friday, April 7th, we were thrilled to celebrate CCCW Board Member Rob Kissner (of the  The Digital Arts Experience ), who was  honored by the  Westchester Library System  for his ongoing collaboration and support for libraries all over Westchester County. 

Congrats, Rob! We appreciate everything you do!
Welcome New  Child Care Programs:

Family Day Care
Lucely Ramirez
Family day care of excellence

Family Day Care
Love Little Hearts Learning Center

School Aged Child Care
Cluster Inc.
Family YMCA Tarrytown

Welcome New CACFP Participants:
Socorro Aristy
Yosaya Fernandez
Eulalia Jimenez
 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.

Click here, to read more
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  11:30am
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 
2017 Annual Awards Breakfast 
"Make Magic Happen"
Friday, May 19, 2017
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, NY 
Click here to register

Photo at our 2014 Annual Awards Breakfast

Council Office Closings 
All Day
Monday, May 29, 2017
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Early Closings (closes at 3pm)
Friday, May 26, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Jamie Russell-Hamlin, Provider Services Assistant

Congratulations Jamie, on your promotion to the Provider Services Assistant position. Jamie previously worked as the Administrative Assistant and surpassed all goals and expectations.  We are glad to have Jamie as a part of our team and look forward to continuing a great working relationship.      
Welcome Lola Gazivoda

Lola Gazivoda, Vice President, M&T Bank has joined the Council Board of Directors to help make a positive difference for working parents and their children.

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 opening:  

For more information contact Juanita Pope at 914-761-3456 ext. 106 or email at  

Benefits Include:
  • Valuable discounts on workshops, on-site training and conferences
  • Listing on our website, including a link to your website
  • Free postings on the Council's job bank
  • Membership certificate for your site
  • Printed Council Training Calendar
  • Free access to the Council's Children's Resource Corner
  • Early announcements of special programs and opportunities
  • Free Notary Public Services
  • Invitation to attend free member only networking meetings
  • Complimentary Council 2017 Calendar
  • Participation in our membership referral program
  • Invitation to attend exclusive member only annual events 

Call (914) 761-3456 or visit
to become a member today

 Want to Learn CPR/AED for Free?

Let's save more lives.  The Child Care Council will celebrate CPR and AED Awareness Week, June 1st to June 7th, by offering free CPR/AED courses to 6 child care providers. Simply complete the form below to enter in a raffle for a spot at our free CPR Course.

Are you interested in training your entire staff at your facility?  No worries, we will come to you!  For more information about CPR/AED/First Aid trainings at your program contact Dana Doyle at 914-761-3456 ext. 113 or email Dana at

100 Things to Do With Kids in Westchester is a website that provides resources for parents in the tri-state area.  As we are approaching the warmer weather, check out all the great activities here in Westchester. 

Business Help for 
Family Providers 

Tom Copland is an independent contractor who works with many organizations including family child care providers.  Tom has been known as the nation's leading expert on the business of family child care.  Visit Tom Copeland's website regularly for tips and resources that will help you become more successful in your business.  
Celebrating the Caregivers

It's Time to Say "Thank You"

In May, there are 2 special days to celebrate the wonderful, skilled individuals who educate and care for young children - occasions to say a special thank you to family and group family child care providers, teachers and directors in child care centers, and school age staff for the passion they bring to their jobs every day. Children thrive under their care and teaching.   

May 9, 2017 National Teacher Appreciation Day

May 12, 2017 National Provider Appreciation Day

This organization promotes the optimal development of young children, their families and their communities in the New York region. 
Click here to visit website

The is committed to supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive - environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded. Visit the Exchange for the latest in articles, research, resources and materials. 
Click here to visit website 
Promote Your Business Here 

Many child care providers run alternate businesses.  Do you provide another service or sell a product?  We would love to hear about it and share with others in the child care community.  Let's help build successful businesses together. To share, email Juanita Pope at
Special Days in May
Earth Day
May 16 is wear purple for peace day.  There are many ways for children to learn and practice peace through play.  Keep it simple- wear purple on this day- talk about how sharing toys an create a peaceful play environment. 

What's Cooking?

Blueberry Banana Bread

1 cup blueberries
3 ripe medium bananas, mashed
2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour (or Bob's Redmill AP GF blend)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup (4 oz) light brown sugar, packed
2 large egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
baking spray

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 8 x 4 loaf pan with baking spray. 
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.
In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
Add flour mixture and blend at low speed until combined, do not over mix. Fold in the blueberries and pour batter into the prepared loaf pans; bake in the center rack for about 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.   Let the pan cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.


Are you enrolled in CACFP, a nutrition education and meal reimbursement program that will help you serve nutritious and safely prepared meals and snacks to children in your care?

For more information on receiving reimbursements for meals and snacks contact Lindsay Tiernan at 914-761-3456 ext. 115 or email Lindsay at
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