#1 -Looking for Hazards
As children are much smaller than adults, it is easy to overlook hazards which may be present to children. Providers should be aware of the children's environments. This can be done by getting low and looking from a child's perspective to see if any dangers exist in the child care space. Dangers may include low hanging holiday decorations, electrical cords, tip-over hazards, small toys that may be a choking hazard, etc.
#2 - New Directors Health & Safety Training
Directors are responsible for hiring, training, and maintaining staff who provide healthy and safe environments for children. This course, which is required for all new directors, will focus on policies and procedures that reinforce high-quality health and safety practices. Click here for more information and to learn how to register.
#3 - Join the Empire State Campaign for Child Care
In last year's NYS budget negotiations, child care funding was reduced by $7 million - at a time when advocates were calling for sizeable increases. This completely unexpected cut triggered a lot of positive activity in the Assembly, particularly among women legislators. It also triggered the creation of a new statewide coalition focused on improving child care access and strengthening the industry - the Empire State Campaign for Child Care.
We have been a working part of this Campaign since its inception last summer. We believe it will take a concerted statewide effort to secure the increased child care funding that's needed. We urge you to join the campaign on an organizational or individual level. You do not have to be a child care program or provider to join, simply someone who understands that access to safe, quality child care makes a profound difference for children, parents, and communities. Just
and add your name.
YOUR BUSINESS IS OUR BUSINESS
Professional Development Opportunities
Don't miss our great trainings scheduled for you this fall.
To see what we have in store,
click the training calendar link:
Children are more vulnerable than adults to the effects of cold weather. Read and share these tips with staff and parents to keep children safe, healthy, and warm this winter.
Sleeping Safely in Any Season
- Keep babies' cribs free of stuffed animals and extra blankets. A firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet is all that an infant needs to sleep safely.
- If you are worried about keeping babies warm, dress them in a wearable blanket, also known as a sleep sack.
- Children are at greater risk for frostbite than adults. The best way to prevent frostbite is to make sure children dress warmly and don't spend too much time outside in extreme weather.
- Dress children in layers of warm clothing. If the top layer gets wet, they will still have a dry layer underneath.
- Tuck scarves inside coats and jackets to prevent them from becoming strangulation hazards.
- Car seats and winter coats don't mix. Bulky coats can compress in a crash and create a loose car seat harness. Instead, lay the jacket or blanket over children once you've safely strapped them into your car seat.
Keeping Healthy Outdoors
- There's no set amount of time for children to play outside safely when the weather is cold. Use your best judgment. When the cold becomes unpleasant, it's time to go inside.
- If you are unsure if weather conditions are safe for outdoor play, check the Child Care Weather Watch Chart
- Have children come indoors periodically to prevent hypothermia or frostbite. A temperature of zero degrees Fahrenheit and a wind speed of 15mph creates a wind chill temperature of -19 degrees Fahrenheit. Under these conditions, frostbite can occur in just 30 minutes.
- Frost nip is an early warning sign of frostbite. The skin may feel numb or tingly or appear red (on lighter skin).
- To prevent frostbite, check that mittens and socks are dry and warm. Frostbite occurs mostly on fingers, toes, ears, noses, and cheeks. The affected area becomes very cold, firm, and, depending on the color of the skin, turns white, yellowish-gray, or gray.
Even though it's cold outside, it's important to use sunscreen and stay hydrated. Children are more likely than adults to become dehydrated.
Nutrition 416.12(a)(b); Nutrition 417.12(a)(b); Nutrition 418.12(a)(b)
Please be aware the program must ensure that each child in care for more than four hours a day receives a nutritious meal. In addition, each child in care for more than ten hours a day must receive a minimum of two nutritious meals.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE COUNCIL
A Win for Child Care in Westchester!
The Council's Sandra Arasim thanked Westchester County legislators for increasing child care funding at the final public budget hearing, accompanied by members of the Council's Advocacy Committee and Board of Directors.
The 2018 Westchester County budget has been finalized and it includes $1.6 mil of new child care funding. Please thank your legislators for helping Westchester child care work better for both parents and programs!
2017 Toy Drive
Left: Toys dropped off at the Council. Right: Deborah Bobian, Bronxville Montessori School
THANK YOU for making our Annual Toy Drive a huge success! The support and generosity by our community was incredible. We would like to extend an extra special thank you to the Bronxville Montessori School (staff and parents) for the outpouring of support over the years for the Drive. It is an absolute pleasure knowing we all made many children smile!
Council Members are invited to join us for
a FREE Seminar on Saturday, January 27 at 9:30am.
The topics are Program Arrangement
presented by Juanita Pope
Business Taxes presented by Steve Pordy.
For more information contact Juanita Pope
#GivingTuesday 2017 Report
Thanks to you, we raised nearly $54,000 on Giving Tuesday with more donors and donations than ever before. The funds are for child care scholarships, but your generosity really buys possibility and peace of mind for 10 families.
Special thanks to the Kreitman Family Charitable Trust, a Donor Advised Fund of The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust, for their leadership gift, TD Bank for sponsoring our annual social media challenge, and to our Board of Directors for matching donations.
For information about receiving the CDA credential, contact Idie Benjamin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-761-3456 ext. 108.
Welcome New & Renewed
Child Care Programs!
School Aged Child Care Programs:
Taekwondo Shrub Oak Inc.
School Aged Child Care:
Healthy Kids Extended Day Program
Caring for Children?
Ten New Year's Resolutions for You!
It's that time of year again - time to make New Year's resolutions. Many of us, with all good intentions, will set goals to exercise more often, eat healthier, get more sleep, and the like. However, only 8% of us will achieve their New Year's goals (forbes.com).
Who succeeds? People who make SMART goals. SMART goals are:
- Time Bound
This year, try making resolutions that will make an impact on your work with children. You might be motivated to keep them because you know how your success will make a very positive impact on the children in your care.
Here are ten New Year's Resolutions for you. Pick one. Write down what you specifically do. Make sure what you propose is doable and makes sense for the children and program. Give yourself a deadline where you will stop and see how you are doing.
Click here to read more!
Music with Graham Clarke
When: Saturday January 6th 11am - 11:45am
Where: Mount Pleasant Public Library
Winter Farm Tours
When: Saturdays and Sundays from Jan. 6th to Jan. 28th
Where: Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills
- Upcoming Events
- Win for Westchester Child Care
- Member Only Invite
- Health Tip-Food Allergies
- Giving Tuesday Report
- 2018 Membership is Open
- News & Views Newsletter
- Family Fun and more
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Child Care Council of Westchester
2018 Annual Awards Breakfast
Friday, May 18, 2018
Tarrytown, New York
More details to follow in early 2018
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Elmsford, New York
More details to follow in early 2018
Council Office Closings
Monday, January 1, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
Office closes at 3pm
Friday, December 29, 2017
Donna is our new CACFP Case Manager. Donna is here to help support providers enrolled in CACFP. Call Donna at (194)761-3456
Helaine S. Brick-Cabot, Founder/
CEO, Brick-Cabot Law has joined the Council Board of Directors to help build a stronger child care community for working parents.
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 email
Nominate Great Child Care/Afterschool Staff
Recognize a child care provider by nominating him/her for a "Joey Award" via the nomination form below:
Henry Wilson, 2017 Joey Award Winner
Our 2018 Membership is Open!
Become a Council Member today!
- 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
- Early announcements of special programs and opportunities
- Free Notary Public Services
- Free member only networking meetings
- 7.5% off Lakeshore Orders
- Complimentary Council 2018 Calendar
- Participation in our membership referral program
- Exclusive member only annual events
Call (914) 761-3456 or visit
to become a member today
Visit the Digital Arts Experience on January 25 to learn how to keep your children safe online. DAE CEO Rob Kissner will explore how to keep your kids safe on all devices in this 90-minute workshop, teaching you how to utilize parental controls, third-party monitoring apps, and the dos and don'ts of social media, YouTube, Minecraft Mods, and online gaming.
Westchester Milk delivers farm fresh products to all child care centers and family child care programs in Westchester & The Bronx. Their product list includes: Whole Homogenized Vitamin D milk, 1%, 2%, Skim milk, Half & Half, Heavy Cream Butter, Farm Fresh Eggs, Natural Juices, Cheeses, Yogurts, Natural Bacon & more.
14-528-3951 or 914-804-1380 to place your order
Opportunities to Connect With Colleagues!
Regular meetings at the Council for Family Providers, Early Childhood Directors, and School Age Directors provide opportunities for you to learn, share resources and support one another. These meetings are also an avenue to increase your knowledge. Each one includes a training that provides a certificate accepted by OCFS.
This group for Registered Family and Licensed Group Family Providers meets 4 times a year. Elizabeth Knowles of Little House Day Care is the coordinator and can be contacted at 914-967-2707 or
Westchester Early Childhood Directors Association:
The Association meets the third Tuesday of the month from 9:00am-11:00am. Contact Howard Milbert at Ossining Children's Center at (914) 941-0230 or Dawn Meyerski at Mt. Kisco Child Care Center at (914) 241-2135 or
School Age Directors Network:
The Network meets the third Tuesday of the month from 10:00am-12:00pm. Contact Joanne Saporta at Chappaqua Childrens Workshop at
or Lynn Lutomski at Irvington Children's Center at
for more details.
The Council is pleased to host these groups. We encourage you to attend their meetings.
News & Views
Stay tuned with what is happening at the Council and in the child care community.
View our website for more news.
2018 Child Care Council Public Policy Agenda
Affordable, quality early care and education options that promote children's success in school and life, enable parents to work and advance in their careers, and provide a ready workforce for business growth.
January 17th is
Kid Inventors Day
On January 17, invent with your kids! Explain to them what inventing is, and let tem freely choose to invent something with these suggested items:
- Pool Noodles
- Popsicle Sticks
- Paper Towel Rolls
Whole Wheat Pancakes
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups + 2 tbsp fat free milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- cooking spray
1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add wet ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well with a spoon until there are no more dry spots; don't over-mix.
2. Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Lightly spray oil to coat and pour 1/4 cup of the pancake batter. When the pancake starts to bubble, you may add your fruit if you wish. When the bubbles settle and the edges begin to set, flip the pancakes. Repeat with the remainder of the batter. Makes 14 pancakes.
For more information on receiving reimbursements for meals and snacks contact Lindsay Tiernan at 914-761-3456 ext. 115 or email Lindsay at
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
Support the Council
Many easy ways to help!
Did you know TD Bank has an Affinity Program?
TD will make an annual contribution to the Council based on the activity of all participating members' TD accounts. If you are already a customer, or wish to open an account, visit any of their locations and ask to be included in the Affinity Program to benefit the Council.
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