May/June  2019
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 - Time to Find a Summer Camp!
#2 -  New OCFS Regulations
With the passage of the New York State budget in April, legislation was enacted that grants the Office for Children and Family Services the authority to implement federal requirements mandated in the Child Care Development Block Grant of 2014. This will affect your program's background clearances, training, and inspections beginning September 2019. 

Did you know:
  • Your child's program must conduct a criminal background check and SCR Check (Child Abuse and Maltreatment) before hiring any staff member.
  • The program needs to be inspected upon opening/licensing, but depending on what type of program your child is enrolled in, they may have yearly inspections, midpoint inspections, and inspections every 4 years.
  • All staff hired by the program are required to complete 30 hours of training within their first year. Training can include Mandated Reporter Training, Health and Safety Training, and Regulations Training.
You can check the  OCFS  website for more information and regular updates for your providers.
#3 - Updated Immunization Requirements
As of June 13, 2019 there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated in order to attend public, private or parochial school (for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade) or child day care settings.

This new legislation will affect some programs current policies and procedures when accepting new children, as well as updating children's current medical statements & immunizations.

Please read the attached to be aware of the steps that need to be taken: 

New Legislation Letter
DOH - Vaccines Needed For Camp
Catch-Up Immunization Schedule

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Director of Health Care Consultant Services, Elissa Guzzardi, and (914) 761-3456 ext. 164 or
Children's Corner
Container Gardening with 
Young Children
"Children are natural gardeners. They're curious, like to learn by doing, and love to play in the dirt. Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time, while observing the cycle of life firsthand." 

You don't need to dig up the yard to garden with children. Container gardening or pot gardening is the practice of growing plants, including edible plants, exclusively in containers instead of planting them in the ground. Containers come in all shapes and sizes.

What can you plant?
  • Flowers
  • Cherry Tomatoes (the leaves are poisonous and should be out of reach of children)
  • Peppers
  • Eggplants
  • Bush Beans
  • Herbs
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers and zucchini (larger container so the plant can spread out)
Visit for more information.
Health 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 can especially be vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation. Sun safety is really important because children are at greater risk to sun exposure because their outer layer of skin is thinner and they have more skin relative to their body mass.

We encourage you to evaluate your child's sun protection procedures so that your children are protected from the sun while enjoying the outdoors.

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 the time spent in the sun during childhood.

Be An Advocate for Your Child

Check your child care's regulatory history today!

It's not uncommon for child care programs/provider to have some regulatory violations. 

However, you should stop and consider the care being provided if there are multiple, serious, uncorrected, or recurring violations. 

Did you know that your child care program MUST immediately post their most recent inspection report in a prominent place visible to parents.
Dream Big!
We had so much fun at our 50th Anniversary Event last October, we decided to hold another party and say thank you to some wonderful friends of child care and children!

Join the Celebration,  register here
Did You Know...
The Council is Here for You!
  Resources & Referr a l s!
Financial Help!
Summer Care!

Call us at 
(914)761-3456 x140 
  email us at
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
  • Checklist for your visits
And much, much more...
In This Issue
  • Things to Know
  • Things to Do
  • Health Tip: Sun Safety
What's Happening at the Council
Come Celebrate our Heroes

For more info 
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Join us on Friday, June 21st from 7pm to 10pm at the Mercy College Rotunda in Dobbs Ferry for a night of celebrating Westchester's most dedicated and exceptional child care and after school professionals.
Council Office Closings 
Early Closing (3pm)
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Early Closing (12pm)
Friday, July 12, 2019

All Day
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Friday, July 5, 2019
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
African American 
Heritage Festival 

Kensico Dam Plaza
Valhalla, NY
For more information, click here
Hispanic Heritage Festival
Kensico Dam Plaza
Valhalla, NY 
July 14th, 2019
For more information,  click here
Screening Under the Stars

Kensico Dam Plaza
Valhalla, NY
July 12th, 2019
August 2nd, 2019
For more information, 
Parent Education
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Community Resources
United Way's 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, multilingual information and referral helpline open 365 days a year, 9am-7pm.

United Way's 2-1-1 call specialists can give you information about things such as:
  • Food Assistance
  • Housing assistance and shelters
  • Abuse prevention
  • Elder care
  • Mental health services
  • Recycling regulations
  • Services for people with disabilities
  • How to become a foster parent
  • Where to get medical help and more
Learn more:

Sometimes a little help can go along way. 

If you struggle with having enough to eat, there is help. 

Feeding Westchester sources and distributes food all throughout Westchester. 
Agency Locator , helps you find the closest feeding program to meet your needs. 
Mobile Food Pantry Schedule , helps you find mobile food deliveries in your area
 Network Feeding List, is a list of feeding partners throughout Westchester  
Learn more: 

What's Cooking
Grilled Chicken 
Flatbread Pizza
  • 2 pieces of flatbread
  • 4 tbsp Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pre-cooked grilled chicken
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper and sliced spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, shredded
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay out your flatbread pieces and spread 2 tbsp of Alfredo Sauce on each piece of flatbread. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on, then add chicken, spinach and sweet peppers. Top with more mozzarella.
2.  Bake on foil lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.
Slice, serve and enjoy!
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