June 2017             
#1 - Free Books for Your Program 
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
#2 - Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm Recall
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),  Kidde is recalling their Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm due to alarm failure. The alarm may fail to continue chirping when it reaches the end of its 7 year life, even if the batteries are replaced. This creates the risk of customers not being alerted to fire or carbon monoxide incidents. If you have this item, the customer contact number to call is 1-855-239-0490.

Consider signing up for consumer email recall alerts at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/Subscribe . All that is required is the sharing of your email address. CPSC is also available on Facebook and Instagram!

#3 - Earn a Free Council Training
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. 
Child Care Funding Cut in NYS and Budget Outlook  from D.C. Not Good 

A budget cut is never a good thing, but the loss of $7 million for child care in the NYS budget has generated a response from state legislators. The bi-partisan Women's Legislative Caucus held a press conference to announce child care is a priority. On May 23rd, a hearing on child care was 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. The hearing was well attended and included testimony from all over the state. The Council was represented by Executive Director Kathy Halas and Board member Jeff Samuelson.  

Make no mistake, the NYS cut to child care and looming cuts from Washington will make an already desperate situation worse here in Westchester.   

The Council will be fighting for child care in Westchester, Albany and Washington, DC. And we're counting on your participation and that of your parents!

Child Care Subsidy Tip 

Summer is just around the corner!

All families who are changing  their schedule or provider 
and receiving Child Care Subsidy need to submit paperwork.  No need to wait for the end of the school year! The Department of Social Services (DSS) Child Care Subsidy Unit is ready to accept summer care paperwork. 

To help with the transition in care, the following is needed:

For Summer Care- When changing from part time care schedule  to full time care schedule for the summer:
* Submit a new Provider Form with "2017 Summer Camp" written on top of form and envelope. Also, be sure to include the exact start and end date
* If the parent is switching from their current program/provider to another program/provider or camp they also need to Submit a Parent Share Form from their current provider showing their fees are all paid up.

Westchester County Income Guidelines for Public Child Care Subsidy Change June 1st

 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 
Sun Safety

The weather is getting warmer and children now have more time to play outside. Warm sunny days are wonderful, but children can be especially vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation. With more time being spent outdoors, we must also pay more attention to sun safety.
We suggest you review and evaluate your sun-protection policies and procedures so that you are certain all your ch ildren are protected from the sun while enjoying the outdoors.
Children are at greater risk to sun exposure because the outer layer of skin is thinner and they have more skin relative to their body mass. Therefore, a sunburn will cover more area and be more harmful. Sunburns are more than uncomfortable; they are also a major risk factor for melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer. The risk of skin cancer from sun exposure is significantly increased by time spent in the sun during childhood. Therefore, child care programs and parents need to work together to practice sun safety.

Regulation Reminder: Carbon Monoxide Detectors 417.5(v)

Operating carbon monoxide detectors must be used in all family day care homes  when required, and located in areas of the home in accordance with applicable laws.
Child Care Center Directors Providing Training to Their Staff 

Steps for Child Care Centers to Offer Their Staff  a Group Training for the 5-Hour Foundations in Health and Safety Trainings
By September 30, 2017, all staff must complete this OCFS health and safety e-learning.  There is no charge for the training, which can be found at the following website: https://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/elearn_catalog.shtm

This 5-hour training but does not have to be completed all at once.  Instead, you can stop the training and then start it again later.
Directors of day care centers (DCC) or school age child care (SACC) programs may hold group training sessions for their staff using the Foundations in Health and Safety e-learning.

Click here to learn more.
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 Infant Toddler CDA
  • Deisy Avellaneda
  • Deyaburis Mercado
  • Sarith Restrepo
The Council's in-person Infant Toddler CDA
  • Nadia Costilla
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.
Champions and Joey Winners Honored at Record-Breaking Award Breakfast Event

Above: Barbara Powell, 2017 Joey Winner

We welcomed nearly 300  guests at our Annual Awards Breakfast on Friday, May 19th, presented by teleNetwork and dixon schwabl.
In addition to hearing about the inspiring accomplishments of our Champions for Children and Joey Award winners, highlights included entertainment from magician David Ferst aka "MagicDave", our first-ever online silent auction, a visit from County Executive Rob Astorino, and a live broadcast by Westchester Talk Radio, which will be available soon!
A tremendous "thank you" to all of the attendees, sponsors, award winners and supporters who helped make the event so special - for recognizing the importance of creating a better future for Westchester's children through quality early care and education.
To view photos from the event, check out the Council's Facebook page! 


Board Member Jeff Samuelson Goes to Albany
Photo Above: Jeff testifying to Assembly Members Jaffe, Mayer and Tremaine

Chair of the Council's Public Policy Committee, Jeff has been an active and persuasive advocate for child care throughout his time on the Board.   On May 24 th, he testified before the NYS Senate and Assembly Committees on Children and Families and the Assembly Taskforce on Women's Issues.   Jeff brought his perspective as a senior business executive, asserting that our "technology driven world requires higher order skills....A quality early childhood education, whether within the home or at a child care center, is the platform upon which many of these skills are developed."   Jeff called for increased subsidy reimbursement rates to programs and providers, a reduction in the parent co-pay, closer collaboration between local child care communities and school districts, and a statewide and effective quality rating improvement system like QUALITYstarsNY.
The Council and Westchester's child care community is fortunate to have such an eloquent and informed voice for child care.
Welcome New 
Child Care Programs:

Family Day Care
Little Explorers Daycare
Yosaya Fernandez
Future Stars Daycare

School-Age Child Care
The Caring Tree Child Care Center LLC

Family Day Care
Mind Builders Family Care Inc.
My 2nd Home Daycare

School-Age Child Care
Healthy Kids Extended Day Program Inc.

Welcome New CACFP Participants:

Vanessa Sanquintin
Victor Rodriguez
Carla Morgan
Carmen Estevez

The Many Benefits of Messy Play 

Childhood is supposed to be messy. Children learn by exploring the world with all of their senses. Touching is how they learn about objects.  Hands-on experiences with a variety of materials are crucial for their learning.
If parents feel uncomfortable with the mess, you might tell them "the dirtier your child gets at school, the better reader they will become."
Yes, messy materials can be a challenge for teachers. But there is a huge difference between children making a mess (which they certainly can do) and children getting messy. Children learn from getting messy and with the right water/sand table, bins, and drop cloths, you can use these materials to provide a wide variety of learning experiences for children of all ages. Soap and water clean it all off at the end of the day.
What exactly do children learn from getting messy? 

Click here, to read more
White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival

Enjoy the outdoors while viewing and/or shopping at the Arts Festival.  The event will feature children's artwork in addition to other paintings, photography and more. 

Tibbits Park, 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 

Saturday, June 3, 10am-5pm
Sunday, June 4, 10am-5pm

Free for all ages and reservations are not required. 

  • Upcoming Events
  • Sun Safety
  • Child Care Subsidy Tip
  • Summer Training Calendar
  • Record-Breaking Awards Breakfast
  • New Child Care Programs 
  • 2017 Membership 
  • Immigration Legal Services 
  • Free Family Activities
  • and more 
School Age Conference
October 2017

Infant/Toddler Conference
Friday, November 17, 2017

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

Early Closings (closes at 3pm)
Friday, May 26, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Friday, September 1, 2017
Andrew Molina, 
Social Media Intern

The Council welcomes Andrew Molina, our new College Intern. Andrew will assist with the Council's social media marketing. Call him at 914-761-3456 ext. 132.  
Welcome Bryan Fryer

Bryan Fryer, CPA, Senior Manager, Vice President, Maire Markey & Justic, LLP has joined the Council Board of Directors to help make a positive difference for working parents and their children.  

Talk to us about joining the Child Care Council of Westchester Board of Directors.  

Safe, reliable quality early care and education not only changes the trajectory of children's lives, it increases workforce participation and productivity, reduces costly public expenditures, and builds a more skilled workforce for tomorrow. 

If interested in learning more, contact our Executive Director, Kathy Halas at 914-761-3456 ext. 102 or email at kathyh@cccnwy.org .


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  

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


Dr. Mark Bertin, developmental pediatrician, will talk about how technology is impacting the developing brain and how we can support young children and parents in an increasingly tech-driven world.
June 9th
9:30 to 11:30
Cedarwood Hall

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


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

Many people are concerned and anxious about their immigration status and 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 Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) is a free, confidential, and neutral information, referral, technical assistance, and training center which can be a resource to you and your parents.  

Parents of children from birth to age five with known or suspected special needs, and professionals who provide any kind of services to children, may access their services.  

Learn more 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 juanitap@cccwny.org

International Mud Day is a day for children and early childhood professionals - and anyone else - all over the world to celebrate nature, outdoors, and mess by getting really, really muddy.
Join children and adults across the globe on this day of celebration to grow awareness and honor the goodness of life experienced when children connect with full body sensory play.
And then get muddy EVERY DAY!!
Mud play  is not only fun - it has as much potential for learning as sand play, water play, and playing with playdough. 


Fresh broccoli and strawberries are colorful additions to this refreshing summer delight. Lemon dressing brings a bright flavor to this pasta dish.
Bottom of Form
3/4 cup orzo pasta (uncooked)
2 cups fresh broccoli (chopped)
2 cups fresh strawberries (diced)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar (or honey)
 poppy seeds (1 teaspoon, optional)
1. Cook orzo pasta according to directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
2. In a large bowl, combine orzo pasta, broccoli, strawberries, and sunflower seeds. Drizzle with lemon poppy seed vinaigrette and toss to combine.
3. Season with salt and pepper. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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
Support the Council

There are so 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.


Support the Council while you shop!

Sign up at:   SMILE.AMAZON.COM