October 2016              
#1 OCFS Website Changes
The Office of Children and Family Services website has added additional features to its Childcare Facility Search section. Parents will now be able to access information on programs that have been found to be operating without a license.  Another new feature allow parents to easily access information regarding programs in enforcement for lack of compliance. To view these changes please visit the following website: www.ocfs.ny.gov

#2 Nominate Outstanding Child Care and After School Professionals

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" via the nomination form below:  

#3 School Readiness Starts Early
School success depends on regular attendance and those patterns are established early.  Encourage regular attendance in child care and after school programs and reach out to parents when children miss.  For more information and resources for you and your parents, visit Attendance Works, a national and state initiative that promotes better school attendance and achievement of academic success. 
 Want to See More Child Care Funding? - Then Get Out and Vote!


Why is child care so expensive and beyond the reach of so many worki ng families? Why are child care professionals among the most poorly paid of any group?    
It's simple.   Child care just hasn't been a priority.
While President Obama has proposed record increases in child care, Congress shows no signs of going along.   Our current NYS budget contains no real increase for child care.   Westchester County has maintained a 27% parent share and help for families over 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, but a really tight 2017 budget could threaten this support.
The only way this gets better is to elect more representatives at every level of government who will make child care funding A PRIORITY.
So get registered today and encourage your family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors to do so as well. We have voter registration forms in English and Spanish in our office so come on by. You can also stop by the Westchester Board of Elections at 25 Quarropas St. in White Plains.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.   Polls are open from 6 am to 9 pm.   For more info on government funding for child care, visit our website:
 Thank You TD Charitable Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of the TD Charitable Foundation, professionals from 18 area after school programs learned new math activities designed to excite youngsters about math and prepare them for eventual careers as engineers, economists, analysts and bankers! The Foundation's award supported a three part training series and loads of new materials. A big thanks to TD for investing in our young people!
 Join Minute Menu/KidKare

Participating in CACFP just got easier!   The Council is  proud to announce that we are now offering our CACFP participants access to Minute Menu/KidKare.  Minute Menu is used by about 30,000 family child care providers across the US to record menus and attendance, manage child information, prepare their taxes, invoice parents, prepare lesson plans, and more!  It is the premier child care management software for home-based family child care businesses. If you operate a family child care business, Minute Menu has been built to make your life easier.  

For more information contact Lindsay Tiernan at 914 - 761-3456 ext. 115 or lindsayt@cccwny.org 
 Professional Development Opportunities 
Kick off the Fall with our training!  Our new  Fall Training Calendar offers a variety of trainings for early care and education professionals.  We can help you expand your skills, improve the quality of care you provide to children, and meet NYS licensing requirements.  

Here's a sneak peek of topic areas in store for you and your staff this fall:
  • Basic Spanish for Communicating with Children and Families
  • A Curious Classroom:  Encouraging and Supporting Children's Curiosity
  • "Solving the Puzzle"  Seven Helpful Strategies for Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum
  • Social Studies for Preschoolers:  Me & My World
Health Tip 

"Child Health Policies and Immunizations"

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the New York State Department of Health, and the CDC, all recommend that parents keep their children up-to-date with the recommended vaccination schedule. The recommended vaccination schedule is to reduce the incidence, as well as to protect and prevent vaccine preventable illnesses and even death. Click here to read more.

Be sure to read the immunization information below:
Click here  to read- 2016-2017 School Entrance Requirement

Click here to read- Immunization Catch Up

Click here to read- Recommended Immunizations for children 7-18 years old

Click here to read- Immunizations and Developmental Milestones

Click here to read- NYS Recommended Childhood & Adolescent Immunization Schedule

Click here to read- 2016 Recommended Immunization for Children form Birth through 6 years old

Click here for the Medical Exemption Form

Feel free to call Elissa Guzzardi if you have any questions at 914-761-3456 ext. 154. 
Regulation Reminder: Staff use of electronic media devices 418.8(n)

The use of any type of personal electronic media device for social or entertainment purposes, including but not limited to, listening to music on headphones, playing screen games, surfing the internet, sending e-mails, or making personal calls while supervising children is prohibited. The use of mobile phones is permitted as necessary to promote the children's safety and ensuring the orderly operation of the program
Westchester Early Childhood Directors Association

Calling All Center Directors!!!
Become a part of the Westchester's Early Childhood Director's Association.  It is a great way to connect and network with other quality childhood centers. The Association meets the third Tuesday of the month from 1pm-3pm at the Child Care Council.  
Together we can make a difference for our children!"
If you are interested in participating in the Westchester's Early Childhood Director's Association, please contact Marianne Gribbon at mgribbon@eastersealsny.org  
We Need More Support for Child Care

Recently, a 4-year-old boy accompanied his mother to our office. As they waited in reception to see our child care subsidy specialist, he was overheard asking his mother where they were. She said, "We're at the Child Care Council because I need help paying for child care." He looked at her and said, "I'll help you, Mommy."
His mother would be more likely to get help paying for child care if she lived in Denmark, South Korea or Iceland, for the U.S. lags behind 32 industrialized countries in its public support for child care and early childhood education as a percentage of gross domestic product. Child care subsidies currently reach fewer than 20 percent of potentially eligible children in the U.S. and 22 percent in New York.
The research on early brain development teaches us that the first years are the most important in setting up children for lifelong academic and occupational success as well as social-emotional and physical health. It's terrific that many school districts now recognize the value of preschool for 4-year-olds, especially for economically disadvantaged children, but even that is too little and often too late .    It's akin to worrying about the house foundation after the roof is built, or holding off on a course of antibiotics until strep throat has turned into rheumatic fever.
Read more in the Journal News 
 Come Out and Support 
Child Care $$$$
Westchester County 
Public Budget Hearings 

Many Westchester parents are only able to work because they receive some help paying for child care from the Westchester County Department of Social Services.   Let your legislators know that this child care funding is critically important at the following hearings:

Tuesday, November 22nd
New Rochelle City Hall Chamber
515 North Ave, New Rochelle

Wednesday, November 30th
H.C. Crittenden Middle School
10 Macdonald Avenue, Armonk

Wednesday, December 7th
Board of Legislators Chamber
148 Martine Ave, White Plains

All hearings start at 7 pm.  If you want to speak, sign-ups usually start shortly after 6 pm, in the order in which they sign up.   

We'll be there, fighting for child care!
New and Renewed Child Care Programs:

Family Day Care:
New World Family Child Care

School Aged Child Care:
Right at School, LLC (3 programs)
Krown Us, LLC

Family Day Care:
J & B Day Care
Karin Daycare
Future Star Academy Day Care

School Aged Child Care:
Healthy Kids Extended Day Program Inc.
Welcome to CACFP:
Santa Elidia Abreu de Disla
Rosa Feliz
Dilcia Garcia
Arlene LaDore
Kemmah Campbell
Rochelle Carson
Lucia Bastone

Congratulations to Our CDA Course Students Who Earned the CDA Credential!

These early childhood professionals completed a Child Care Council CDA course and then went on to earn the Child Development Associate credential from the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC.  Congratulations to students in:
The Council's In-Person Infant Toddler/Family Child Care CDA class:
  • Shari Lewis
  • Tannesha  Stuart
The Council's In-person Infant Toddler/Family Child Care Babies Step Forward CDA class:
  • Adrienne Harper
  • Jessica Ray
The Council's Online ECDA Course
  • Kaitlyn Wilson
  • Ebony Solomon
To find out more about the CDA credential or for information about the Council's CDA classes, please contact Idie Benjamin, Director, Professional Development, at idieb@cccwny.org.

Important Teacher Terms
We do important work in early childhood education.   There are lots of terms that we use in our work and to describe how children play and learn.   Use the list attached below to help you communicate more easily with parents about their children and with specialists giving those children services.

Click here to read more
NAEYC for Families

Is Dressing Up for Halloween Different than for Pretend Play?
We asked Sandra Waite-Stupiansky, PhD, professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a facilitator of the NAEYC Play, Policy, and Practice Interest Forum, about what children get out of dressing up.

What does dressing up mean for young children?When children dress up as part of their pretend play, they represent themselves as someone else-a mother, a monster, a dinosaur. It's an important part of their development of "transforming" one thing into another. In this case, they are transforming themselves into another role.

Click here to read more

Scavenger Hunt & Halloween Party


This afternoon event is a chance for young people to follow the clues and find a party. It's a scavenger hunt ending in a favorite anime or manga character. 3:30-4:30pm. For students in grades 7 to 12. FREE. Reservations not required.

 195 S. Greeley Ave.
Chappaqua, NY 10514

Family Performance with

Juggles the Clown

Pick up fresh produce, baked goods and farm-fresh/ small batch produce at New Rochelle's Grand Market, every Saturday at 1 Library Plaza from 9am-2pm. This week, Juggles the Clown will be strolling around the Market  between 11am-12pm, greeting all ages and providing plenty of giggles with his silly magic tricks, balloons surprises and of course juggling! 

For more info click here: New Rochelle Grand Market
  • Upcoming Events
  • Nominate great child care/after school staff 
  • New programs in the child care community
  • Why You Should Vote
  • Child Health Policies and Immunizations
  • Fall Training Calendar
  • Free Lego Club
  • and more 
School Age Conference
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Burke Rehab Ctr
White Plains, NY
Click here for more information

Family Tech Day 
Sunday, October 16, 2016
The Digital Arts Experience
White Plains, NY

Member Brunch and Instructor Led Paint Class
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fall Infant Toddler Conference 
Friday, November 18, 2016
St. Gregory the Great's Early Child Care Center
Harrison, NY 
Click here for more information

2017 Annual Awards Breakfast 
Friday, May 19, 2017
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, NY 

Council Office Closings 
All day
Monday, October 10, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
Emely Gonzalez, Administration Intern

Emely will intern at the Council for her last semester as an undergrad this fall.  Emely is studying business administration and would like to own a child care program after she completes her masters' degree. As an intern she will gain practical experience in administration, research, community outreach and events. Welcome Emely, we are happy to share this experience with you.   
Latoya Carney-Ramsey, Registrar 

Family child care provider Dinita Blount wanted to express her appreciation for the services provided by Latoya.  Latoya has been a registrar at the Council since 2007.  Latoya continues to provide ongoing support for clients and goes above and beyond to help them with the registration process.  We are glad to have Latoya as part of our team, her dedication speaks volumes.  
Sandra Arasim, Infant/Toddler Specialist  

Sandra joined the Council team in 2016 and has already made a difference in a family child care program.  Her hard work and expertise were recognized by a family program, Dinita Blount. Sandra will continue to provide intensive technical assistance, training, and support to programs providing care for infants and toddlers.  To learn how she can work with you, please call her  at 914-761-3456 ext.134. 
Seeking New Board Members

The Child Care Council is seeking individuals with experience in child care to sit on our Board of Directors.  

If you would like to talk further about the Council's Board of Directors, please contact Kathy Halas, Executive Director, at kathyh@cccwny.org or 914.761.3456 ext. 102

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 juanitap@cccwny.org  
Become a Council Member today and pay the half priced membership rate!

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 2016 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

For Your Parents

We know that quality child care is far from your only challenge or responsibility.  The Child Care Council is here to help connect Westchester parents with whatever education, support and resources they need. 

Learn about a wide range of topics related to raising children through free or low-cost training, and benefit from support sessions offered in your area. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

Join the fight to end breast cancer by raising funds for and walking with the American Cancer Society Making Strides of Westchester.  

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Click below to learn more information and to register:
Once Upon a Child

Purchase or donate gently used item at Once Upon a Child, 455 Central Park Ave, Scardale, NY 10583.
Each Once Upon A Child location is individually owned and operated.  Whether you're buying or selling the staff are eager to assist you.  

Click here to visit their website.

Special Days in October

The week of October 9th is fire prevention week.  Take a trip to the fire station with the children, it is a great learning experience. The local fire station is filled with heroes that children enjoy meeting, and a visit may be the highlight of their week.   Most fire departments enjoy showing off their equipment and the firefighters enjoy the fact that the admiring children will be awed by the equipment that they use in their daily job of keeping the community safe.  Call your local fire station to see if visits are possible and try to arrange a tour of the facility as your next trip.  
Provider Network Group

Join the network just for you!
Group Family & Family Providers have started a network where they can work as a team to support, help, advise, and encourage each other.  

For more information contact Bibi Nepal-Blooming Roses Day Care at bibinepal@yahoo.com or at 914-966-3451

What's Cooking?

Fun & Fresh Frittata

Serves 4 for a meal or 8 for snack.  Frittata is an Italian omelet. It is delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It can be made with any combination of vegetables, including onions or scallions, tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms, corn, peas, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, and others. Fresh herbs such as parsley and dill make it even more delicious. Below is just one version.

2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium potato, unpeeled, quartered and thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 bunch spinach, rinsed and chopped
6 large eggs
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 10-inch non-stick fry pan. 

2. Add potatoes and onions and sauté on medium heat for about 8-10 minutes, until potatoes are lightly browned and cooked through. If vegetables look too dry, add a tablespoon of water to the pan.

3.Add spinach to the pan and cook for 3-4 more minutes, until spinach is wilted. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper.

4. In the meantime, beat eggs in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Pour potato and spinach mixture into the bowl with the eggs and mix gently.

5. Add the remaining ½ tablespoon of olive oil to the frying pan, and pour the egg and vegetable mixture back into the pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover with a lid and let cook 5-7 minutes, or until the underside is lightly browned.

6. Remove from heat and loosen the edges with a spatula. Lay a large plate (large enough to cover the whole pan) upside down over the frittata. With one hand on the bottom of the plate, and the other on the handle of the pan, flip the frittata upside down onto the plate. Gently slide the frittata back into the pan and cook over medium- low heat until the egg is firm throughout. 

7. As an alternative to flipping it: place the pan with the half-cooked frittata into a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until cooked through.

8. Remove from heat and slide frittata onto a plate or cutting board. Cut into triangles like a pizza and serve hot or at room temperature for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  


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

Share Your News and Ideas

What's happening in your program? We want to know! You are invited to send submissions to our monthly provider newsletter, including articles, ideas, events, family friendly activities, nutritious recipes etc.

If you would like to contribute contact Juanita Pope at 914-761-3456 ext. 106 or email her at  juanitap@cccwny.org .

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