May 2018          
Parent Connections
Child Care Provider Appreciation Day
May 11th 

Take a moment to say 
Thank You!

In May, there are two special days to celebrate the wonderful, skilled individuals who educate and care for young children. These are days to say a special thank you to family and group family child care providers, teachers and directors in child care centers, and school age staff for the love they bring to their jobs every day. Children thrive under their care and teaching. 
May 8, 2018
Teacher Appreciation Day
May 11, 2018 
Provider Appreciation Day 
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Child Care $$$- Last Chance Applications Due May 16th 

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#2 FREE Community Resources 

#3 What Parents Need to Know About Social Media and Anxiety
 Learn to recognize the warning signs of anxiety disorder and help your kid keep social media use healthy and productive.   By Caroline Knorr  
What Parents Need to Know About Social Media and Anxiety
From cyberbullying to FOMO to cruel comments, social media can be a land mine for kids. Issues we parents never had to worry about, such as an intimate photo texted to the entire school or Instagram videos of a birthday party we weren't invited to, are now a risk for many tweens and teens. With kids' digital well-being a concern, researchers are exploring potential links between social media and  the rise in teen suicide ratestech addiction, and  loss of real-life social skills. And many parents are wondering: Is social media causing my kid to have anxiety?
Advocacy Corner
Real Life Challenges of getting child care

  "I thought I was supposed to be so joyful. I had a healthy, beautiful, wonderful baby, but I was terrified. I was terrified how I would make ends meet."
That's the story of one of three moms who are featured in a new video, "Child Care Is Hard but It Doesn't Have to Be," released by the National Women's Law Center (NWLC).
Children's Corner
Bring Yoga into Your Home or Your Child's Child Care Program
Yoga has become quite a mainstream activity for adults but children can do yoga too.  Yoga at an early age sculpts young minds and bodies, and gives tools that will enhance and support children to be balanced, creative and calm individuals.  Check out our video below to view some simple ways to practice yoga with your children.  

Health & Safety Corner
Sun Safety
The weather is finally getting warmer and children now have more time to play outside. Warm sunny days are wonderful, but children are especially vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation. 

Check in with your caregiver about their sun-protection practices to ensure that children are protected from the sun while enjoying the outdoors.

Children are at greater risk for 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.

Here are a few Sun Safety Guidelines
 Click here for Sun Safety: Information for Parents About Sunburn & Sunscreen from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Click here to read Baby Sunscreen Prevention
Click here to read How Can I Protect My Children From The Sun? from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Did You Know...
The Council is Here for You!
  Resources & Referr a l s!
Financial Help!
Summer Camp too!

Call us at 
(914)761-3456 x140 
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Our FREE Services are:
  • Consultation with a trained Counselor
  • 24/7 search for child care
  • Information to help pay for child care
  • Guidelines to choose a quality child care program
  • Resources to Camps
  • Checklist for your visits
And much, much more...
In This Issue
  • Advocacy for Kids 
  • Lice
  • Win a $100 gift card
  • Fun family activities
What's happening at the Council
2018 Annual Awards Breakfast
Friday, May 18, 2018
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, New York
5 0th Anniversary Party
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Elmsford, New York

Council Office Closings 
All Day
Monday, May 28, 2018
Early Closing
Friday, May 25, 2018, 3pm
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

Things To Do
May 4th National Kids Fitness Day
On May 4th, get moving to celebrate National Kids Fitness Day! There are so many fun activities to do with children of all ages, both inside and outside. Keep their imagination going while they build their motor skills and physical development with different activities and exercises that while engage each child! 
Here are some suggestions:

Bicycle  Sunday

When : Sundays in May from 10am-2pm
Where : Bronx River Parkway
Cost : Free
For more information click here
Yoga with Angela
When : Friday, May 4th, 4:00-5:00pm
Where : Harrison Public Library
Cost : Free
For more information click here
Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 
White Plains Parent Skills Coaching
5/1/18 to 5/15/18
(914) 995-5238

Peekskill Parent Skills Coaching
5/11/18 to 6/8/18
(914) 739-4725 

Yonkers Parent Skills Coaching
5/15/18 to 6/19/18
(914) 964-2063  

Mount Vernon Parent Skills Coaching  
6/2/18 to 6/16/18
(914) 667-9369 
What's Cooking
Avocado Fries with Lime Dipping Sauce

  • 8 Ounces (2 small) avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into 16 wedges
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons lime chili seasoning salt
For the lime dipping sauce:
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime chili seasoning salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt



Air Fryer:
1.  Preheat the air-fryer 390F degrees.
2 . Place egg in shallow bowl. On another plate, combine panko with 1 teaspoon lime chili seasoning.
3 . Season avocado wedges with 1/4 teaspoon lime chili seasoning. Dip each piece first in egg, and then in panko.
4 . Spray both sides with oil then transfer to the air fryer and cook 7 to 8 minutes, turning halfway. Serve hot with dipping sauce.
Oven Directions :
1 . Preheat the oven to 425F, follow directions above and bake on a sheet pan until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes.

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