July 2017             
#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!  

We just updated our Child Care Provider Handbook ~ A Providers Manual for the Child Care Subsidy Program. This amazing manual contains all the information you need to understand how the subsidy system works.  It even includes best practices tips so you and your parents can make the most of the subsidy program.
#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. 

Click here to learn more 

Click here to visit their website
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   Click here!
 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:
Health Tip 
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
  • Heater Swirski
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 idieb@cccwny.org.
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. 
Welcome New 
Child Care Programs:

Family Day Care
Pelagua Grillo Terrero

Family Day Care
Barbara's Daycare (Barbara Green)
Lorenza Salazar

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 -
  1. Can the children fully assist in preparing the recipe?
  2. Does the process involve hands on manipulation of materials and ingredients?
  3. Can children safely do most of the steps by themselves?
  4. Think about whether or not the ingredients are hard to find and inexpensive. ALWAYS KEEP ALLERGIES IN MIND!!!
  5. Are they nutritious?
  6. Is it too spicy?
  7. Do you have the necessary appliances? 

For some recipe suggestions to enjoy with your little ones, Click here! 

SummerFest 2017

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

Backyard Concerts

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

For more information, please visit Westchester Family
  • 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 
School Age Conference
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:00am to 1:05pm
Peas & Karrots Child Care Center
Ossining, New York

Infant/Toddler Conference
Friday, November 17, 2017
8:30am to 1:00pm
Peas & Karrots Child Care Center
Ossining, New York

2018 Annual Awards Breakfast
Friday, May 18, 2018
8:00am to 10:00am
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, New York
More details to follow in early 2018

Council Office Closings 
All Day
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Early Closings (closes at 3pm)
Monday, July 3, 2017
Friday, September 1, 2017

Early Closings (closes at 12pm)
Friday, July 7, 2017
Michelle Guena,
Administrative Assistant

The Council welcomes Michelle Guena, our new Administrative Assistant.  Michelle will assist with Council events, fundraising, marketing and provide administrative support.  Call her at 914-761-3456 ext. 152.  
Scott Symons,
Blumenthal Intern

We welcome Scott Symons as our summer 2017 Cornell Blumenthal Intern. Scott is a junior at Cornell University majoring in Economics. The Blumenthal Internship program places Cornell students in non-profit social service agencies in Westchester County for a 10 week internship. Scott will work on the Council's Voter Registration Campaign and Professional Development Department Projects. 


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 at juanitap@cccwny.org  

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


Your Program Could Benefit From Our
Annual Book Drive!
Our 9th Annual Children's Book Drive brought in THOUSANDS of new and "gently used" infant/toddler, preschool, and school-age books and we want to get them out to you!   

If you are a licensed/registered child care program or a legally exempt provider, simply contact Elizabeth Rodano at (914)761-3456, ext. 219 or   elizabethr@cccwny.org

Let's help keep our youth busy. The Westchester-Putnam One Stop has resources for our youths.  The workforce board offers a workforce development academy for your youth for free. 

Click here to learn more
NYS 2017 

Training workshops are offered at NO COST  for center directors and management staff  of child care centers and school age programs!

Click here to learn more


In appreciation for all the early care and education professionals that attend our trainings, we are now offering the "Council Loyalty Punch Card"!

Click here to learn more. 
A family provider is closing her business and has many items for sale!
  • Toys
  • Port-a-cribs
  • Cots
  • Bikes
  • Art Supplies
  • Books
  • and more!
Please call Jacqueline  at (914)688-3951

Many people are concerned and anxious about their immigration status and do not know where to turn for information or help. The Westchester County Families Task Force has compiled a listing of immigration legal services available locally.  Public education programs are also available.  

We urge you to print out this information and make it available to staff and parents.


The Council has a limited number of items to distribute to programs.  

This includes an ABC Fire Extinguisher, Flat Screen Monitors, Keyboards and a Television Cart. 

Just call Michelle at (914)761-3456 ext. 152 to arrange for pick up.  

Did you know you can find things in your local area that people are giving away for free?  Visit the below website to learn more. 


July 7th is International Hug Your Children Day!
Join children and adults across the globe on this day of celebration to grow awareness and honor the richness of life experienced when children and adults experience a hug!

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 juanitap@cccwny.org

Watermelon Smoothies

2 cups strawberries
1 cup chopped watermelon
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 teaspoons honey (optional)
1 squeeze of lime juice
1. Cut up or scoop watermelon
2. Place fresh fruit and all other ingredients in blender and blend.
3. Enjoy
Recipe Bonus: Freeze smoothie with popsicle sticks for a fun, healthy summer snack!

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 lindsayt@cccwy.org
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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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