#1 - Child Care Subsidy Tip
Do you have children whose care is paid for by the Department of Social Services? Do you have questions about the subsidy program? If so, help is on the way!
#2 - Foundations in Health and Safety Training Required
The NYS Office of Children and Family Services is implementing a new federal law which requires pre-service training for all child care staff and volunteers. OCFS has created and posted a free on-line 5-hour Health and Safety training which must be completed by September 30, 2017.
To find out if you are a child care employee or volunteer affected by this new requirement, and how you can participate in the required training Click here
#3 - Renew Your CDA Credential
We are ready and eager to help you renew your CDA credential!
All of the info you need for your renewal can be found at The Council for Professional Recognition website.
YOUR BUSINESS IS OUR BUSINESS
Child Care Funding Cut in NYS - Keeping the Pressure On
The $7 million cut to NYS child care triggered a burst of legislative activity including a press conference by the Legislative Women's Caucus and the Women of Color Task Force. A hearing followed o
n May 23rd, convened by the Senate Committee on Children and Families, the Assembly Committee on Children and Families and the Assembly Legislative Taskforce on Women's Issues chaired by the Hon. Shelley Mayer, who represents Yonkers.
Last week a bill was passed in the Senate and the Assembly to create a bipartisan Task Force to examine the extent of the unmet need for affordable, high-quality child care and to make recommendations for long-term solutions.
Now we urge Governor Cuomo to sign the bill, convene the Task Force, and provide the resources it needs to get to work so that New York children and parents have the child care they need and deserve.
Take a minute and ask Governor Cuomo to sign the Child Care Task Force bill. Simply
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 trainings, go to:
Preventing Child Heat Stroke
Deaths in Vehicles
Now that it's getting hotter outdoors, it is extremely important for parents and caregivers of young children to recognize that leaving children unattended in a parked car, even for short periods, can cause heat strokes that can be fatal.
Heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related deaths for children under the age of 14.
There was a total of 793 child heat stroke deaths from 1990-2016. There have already been 12 child heat stroke deaths in 2017.
Vehicles heat up very quickly, and that heat can be fatal to young children. Children are at a higher risk than adults of dying from heat stroke in a vehicle because their bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults. It only takes ten minutes for a car to reach deadly temperatures on an 80-degree day. Leaving car windows open does not slow the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature.
Regulation Reminder: 417.5 (g)(1)
As the weather heats up we are all looking for ways to cool down. Please remember that the use of spa pools, hot tubs and fill-and-drain wading pools is prohibited.
Photo ID Waiver Form for the Fingerprinting of Minors
Social Services Law requires that all persons, including minors under the age of 18, who are employed by or volunteering at child care programs and have the potential for regular and substantial contact with children to be fingerprinted and checked against the Child Abuse and Maltreatment Register and the Justice Center Staff Exclusion List.
An official form of photo identification is required in order to be fingerprinted and many minors do not have an acceptable form of photo identification that meets this requirement. A waiver form has been developed in order to meet the intent of the photo ID requirement for the criminal background checks for minors.
In order for a minor under the age of 18 to be fingerprinted without the required forms of identification, they will need to complete form number OCFS-4931 and be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian to the fingerprinting site. This form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian at the time of fingerprinting in the presence of the fingerprinting location employee.
The OCFS-4931 form can be found and printed at:
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 receive the Child Development Associate credential from the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC. They have worked hard to improve their skills and knowledge of working with young children. The children in their care, their parents, and their programs are very fortunate to have such dedicated professionals working with them.
Congratulations to these students in
The Council's in-person Spanish CDA Class
- Sarith Restrepo
- Deyaniris Mercado
- Patricia Diaz Conseco
- Santos Emily Morales
The Council's in-person Infant Toddler CDA
The Council's in-person Preschool CDA Class
- Cheryl Hays
- Gloria Rodrigues
The Council's online eCDA Class
- Katie Rubistello
- Yolanda Scott
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
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE COUNCIL
Screenings Under The Stars
Westchester County Parks and Sharc Events present Entergy Screenings under the Stars. The Child Care Council of Westchester is a sponsor for this event and we would love to see you there.
Stop by our booth to say hello, receive a treat and have your child's face painted.
Friday, July 7, 2017
6:00pm entertainment, movie starts at dusk
Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Road, Valhalla NY
This is a FREE event and no registration is required.
Join Us in Congratulating
One of the Business Council of Westchester's Rising Stars!
Bryan T. Fryer, Senior Manager, Maier Markey & Justice, LLP
We are happy to congratulate one of the Council's very own Board Members, Bryan T. Fryer, on receiving a 2017 Rising Star Award from The Business Council of Westchester!
Bryan joins our amazing group of Board Members who are Rising Star Award winners from past years, including Rob Kissner, founder of The Digital Arts Experience, Felice Harris, Executive Director of TGCW Children's Annex, and Craig Ruoff, Senior Director of Cushman & Wakefield.
Child Care Programs:
Family Day Care
Pelagua Grillo Terrero
Family Day Care
Barbara's Daycare (Barbara Green)
School-Age Child Care
Healthy Kids Extended Day Program
The Neighbor Hood Kids Achievement Program, Inc.
YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester
Let's Get Cooking!
Summer Cooking with Children
Children love to cook! Cooking offers real opportunities for social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. It invites children to experience math, social studies, science, creativity, and new language.
What can different age children do?
- Infants - As long as the items are safe (be careful for allergies and new foods) allow children to explore the fruit in its true form. Allow them to use their hands to feel it and mash it.
- Toddlers - Allow the children to touch, smell and taste. Provide safe items for them to mash the fruit with before it is blended. Allow them to help measure and pour.
- Preschoolers - Children can be involved in a cooking activity from start to finish, provide recipe with pictures and measuring spoons.
Choosing a recipe -
- Can the children fully assist in preparing the recipe?
- Does the process involve hands on manipulation of materials and ingredients?
- Can children safely do most of the steps by themselves?
- Think about whether or not the ingredients are hard to find and inexpensive. ALWAYS KEEP ALLERGIES IN MIND!!!
- Are they nutritious?
- Is it too spicy?
- Do you have the necessary appliances?
For some recipe suggestions to enjoy with your little ones, Click here!
Who doesn't love concerts, dance parties, fireworks, fashion and food? Celebrate summer with many different events during SummerFest 2017!
Where: 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers, New York 10704
Fireworks: Friday, June 30, 7pm-9pm
Concert: Wednesday, July 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Dance Party: Thursday, July 13, 6pm-8pm
Food Truck Friday: Friday, August 4, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Style Lounge: Saturday, August 12, 2pm-6pm
For all event dates, and more information, please visit
The Katonah Museum of Art is holding a concert series with the promise of local bands, cold brews, and family fun this summer in their Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden. It's sure to be filled with some fun covers of classic songs, original tunes, and dancing!
Where: 134 Jay Street, Katonah, New York 10536
Wednesday, July 12, 6pm-Close
Wednesday, July 19, 6pm-Close
- Upcoming Events
- Heat Stroke Prevention
- Child Care Subsidy Tip
- Summer Training Calendar
- Movies Under the Stars
- New Child Care Programs
- 2017 Mid-Year Membership
- Congrats to our Board Member
- Free Family Activities
- and more