January 2020
Parent Connections
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 - How your caregiver should handle a tantrum 

Tantrum with Teacher, from the
Tantrum with Teacher, from the "Developing Observation Skills" Bundle of Classroom Moments

#2 -  Screen Used Tied to Children's Brain Development
A new study using sophisticated brain scans found an association between screen use and the development of young children's brains, especially in areas related to language development, reinforcing the messages about minimizing screen time for preschoolers.

Let's start with full disclosure: I know some of the authors of the research, which was  published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. The lead author is Dr. John S. Hutton, the director of the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. I wrote about some of his research a few years ago, when he looked at  how young children's brains react to hearing stories, and have even collaborated with him in writing about children and reading, one of my favorite topics (the world of pediatricians obsessed with picture books is small and closely, well, networked).

I am the national medical director of  Reach Out and Read, the national organization that works through pediatric primary care to promote parents reading aloud with young children, and we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this week in Boston. With that in mind, I'm especially interested in this study on how young children's brains are shaped by the environment in which they grow.
Of course, this is a study of screen time, not reading, but there is a connection (we'll get to that soon).
#3 - Free Tax  Preparation

Westchester County is offering free tax preparation for families and individuals. View the below flyers for more information. 

What you need to know about your child care program/provider... 
You should stop and consider the care being provided if there are multiple, serious, uncorrected, or recurring violations. 

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

At least once a year, you should check your child care programs regulatory history. End the year off with checking today!
Children's Corner
The Who, What, When, Where, and When of Science
What is Science?
Science is learning about the world and everything in it. Science is wonder, exploration, and discovery. 
A scientist is someone trying to find an answer. A scientist asks, "What do you think will happen if....?"
Everything young children do is science - touching, tasting, exploring, and even testing limits. An infant shaking a rattle is a scientist. A toddler stacking blocks is a scientist. A preschooler digging in the mud is a scientist.
Children learn science by exploring and acting on their environment. Science is inside and outside.
Science is based of the following elements:
  • Comparing: Making observations
  • Questioning:Making hypotheses
  • Describing: Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Trying something and observing the results.
Science is not teacher-directed one-time "science experiments" or units. Science is all around us. We just have to be open to seeing it. Help children to be curious, think, look, and ask questions.
Health Corner
Be Prepared.... Don't get the Flu!

A total of 39 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported to the CDC thus far for the 2019-2020.
Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu and its complications. The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older every year.
The flu spreads easily. You can spread it to others before you know you're sick. It can cause serious illness in infants and young children.
Influenza is a contagious disease that easily spreads every winter, usually between October and May. It can cause mild to severe illness that may result in hospitalizations and at times can lead to death.
Why should we worry about the Flu?
Influenza Complications in Children:
  • Primary Influenza Pneumonia
  • Ear infections, croup, Bronchiolitis, pneumonia
  • Secondary Infections
  • Myositis (inflammation in the muscles), Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart)
  • Seizures (including febrile seizures), Encephalopathy (brain disease or brain
damage), Post-infectious encephalitis ( inflammation of the brain tissue)
  • Exacerbation of Asthma or heart Disease
  • Death
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year an average of more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications.
  • Severe complications are most common in children younger than 2 years old
  • There were 187 Pediatric Influenza Deaths in 2017 - 2018
    • 50% of hospitalized children had no previous medical conditions
    • More than 57% died after admission to the hospital
    • 78% were not vaccinated

2020 Early Childhood Advocacy Day ~ Feb 4th 
Once a year we ask you to come to Albany to show broad support for more child care funding in the state budget.  
It's that time of year again!
Without more NYS investment in child care, it's going to be nearly impossible to make child care more affordable for parents, better-paying for staff, and higher quality for children.  The Governor's budget contains no increase for child care subsidy!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, February 4th 
  • Registration starts at 9 am
  • Kickoff at 10 am
  • 12 pm Rally at Million Dollar Staircase in Capitol Building
  • Meet with elected officials throughout the day
Remember, it's just one day.   And this is what it takes to get more funding for child care!
For more info, please contact Kathy Halas at [email protected].  If we have enough interest we may get a bus!
Did You Know...
The Council is Here for You!
  Resources & Referr a l s!
Financial Help!

Call us at 
(914)761-3456 x140 
  email us at  [email protected]
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
  • Feb 4th Advocacy Day
  • Things to Know
  • Don's get the Flu
What's Happening at the Council
Council Office Closings 

All Day
February 27, 2019

Join the Council's Complete Count Committee
The Council has created a Census 2020 Committee to ensure everyone is counted in our child care community.  
We need your help encouraging families to complete the Census 2020.  If interested in learning more how you can help, please click here
Click here for further information on Census 2020 

Support the Council 

Support the Council while you shop!

Things To Do
Storytime with Mr. Ben
Weekly Storytime, featuring songs and crafts. Reading together strengthens the parent-child bond and promotes early literacy, leading to success in school and in life. 
When:  Friday, February 3
Where:  Barnes and Nobles- Mohegan Lake
Cortlandt Town Center
3089 E Main Street
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
Cost:  Free 
For more information,  
Click here

Toying with Science
When: February 1st
11am to 1:30pm
Cost: $15-$20
Where: Emelin Theatre

Old Fashion Winter's Afternoon
When: February 1st noon to 3pm
Where: Friends of Ry Nature Center

Winter Hoot
When:  January 31st to Sun Feb 2nd: Various times
Where: Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill RD, Olivebridge NY 12461
Ice Skating

When: 7 days per week
Where: Playland Ice
Click Here for more info
Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 
Bedtime Rituals: helping your young child get a full night sleep so you can too. 
When: March 26; 10:30AM
Where: White Plains Library

Parenting  Styles: "Because I said so, that's why!" 
When: May 12th; 10:30AM
Where: White Plains Library

Click Here for more info on parenting groups and trainings. 

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:  www.uwwp.org

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
Chic' Penne


  • 3 gal of Water
  • 6 lbs of dry, multi-grain penne pasta
  • 2 tbl, 2 tbps of granulated Garlic
  • 3 lb, 2 oz of fresh Broccoli florets, chopped 1"
  • 2lbs of Chicken- diced, cooked, frozen, thawed to ½ " pieces
  • 1 cup of low-sodium Chicken broth
  • 2 tbl of Salt
  • 1 tbl 1 tbps Black ground pepper
  • 2 quarts 3 cups of nonfat Milk
  • ½ cup of enriched, all purpose Flour
  • 1 lb of reduced-fat, shredded Cheddar cheese, 
  • 1 lb of low fat, low moisture, part-skim, shredded Mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat water to a rolling boil.
  2. Slowly add pasta. Stir constantly, until water boils again. Cook about 8 minutes or until al dente; stir occasionally, DO NOT OVERCOOK. Drain well.
  3. Toss cooked pasta with garlic.
  4. Transfer pasta to steam table pan (12" x 20" x 2 K"). For 50 servings, use 2 pans.
  5. Cook broccoli for 5 minutes in boiling water. Drain broccoli and toss with remaining garlic.
  6. Add broccoli and chicken to pasta, mix well.
  7. Sauce: Combine broth, salt, pepper, and milk. Bring to a boil, stir constantly- For 50 servings, use 2-quart milk (reserve remaining milk for step 8). For 100 servings, use 1 gallon 2 cups milk (reserve remaining milk for step 8).
  8. Combine remaining milk with flour and add to broth mixture. Reduce heat to low. Stir constantly for 5 minutes until sauce thickens.
  9. Add cheese, continue to stir until cheese melts.
  10. Divide cheese sauce evenly and pour over pasta mixture.
  11. Cover with foil and bake: Conventional oven: 350 °F for eight minutes Convection oven: 350 °F for 4 minutes
  12. Serve