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Parent Connections
Our 50th Anniversary Announcement
50th Anniversary Celebration
50th Anniversary Celebration

5 0th Anniversary Party
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Elmsford, New York
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Immigration Resources
We live in a diverse community. The  Families Task Force  was created to look at what the needs of Westchester families are, how they are changing, and what we want the county legislature and the state delegation to know about Westchester families and have some influence on ways to improve family life. One initiative that the Task Force has been working on is resources on immigration rights and services. 
For more information:

#2 Field Trip Supervision

Now that summer is here you want to make sure that your child's caregiver are following supervision guidelines for field trips. Make sure they are following these guidelines:
  • Making eye-to-eye contact with children at all times. 
  • Have attendance records/roster and take attendance when you reach your destination and before you leave.
  • While on the field trip take name-to-face attendance every 5 minutes if you are mingling with the public.
  • We suggest that children wear a shirt with a certain color/design on the day of the field trip. 
  • Never let the children enter public restrooms alone; make sure you enter the restroom with the children so try to have male and female staff or caregivers if possible.
  • Children age 3 and older should be instructed on the use of the "buddy system".
  • Walk through the bus or van after all children have exited the vehicle.
  • Ultimately, no child should be unsupervised at any time.
Recently a child was left unsupervised in a vehicle which led to a fatal accident.  View the story here and learn more about protecting children in vehicles on the below website.  
#3 Prevent Lead Poisoning
There are resources to help you ensure your child's safety from lead. Lead is dangerous to everyone, but children six and under are at the greatest risk because lead can:
  • Slow a child's growth and development
  • Cause behavior and learning problems
  • Cause hearing and speech problems
At high levels, lead exposure may cause problems with the kidneys and the development of red blood cells, and may lead to seizures and death.  However, most children have no symptoms when they are exposed to lead.

Check out these resources to keep your home "Lead Safe".   
Advocacy Corner
Advocating for Child Care is Year Round!

Last year's "Calls for Kids" Campaign was very successful, leading to the additional $1.6 million in the child care budget for 2018.  Our "2019 Calls for Kids" Campaign will get underway in the fall, and we are hoping to recruit new child care programs! We are particularly eager to come hear parents about child care costs and to let them know how they can help advocate for more affordable child care.
If you would like us to come to your child care program, contact Sandra Arasim at (914) 761-3456 ext. 134 or sandraa@cccwny.org.

Children's Corner
It's Hot! Let's Get Wet!

It is summer, and nothing says summer fun like playing in water. And children are not just splashing, they are learning so much! Water play is open ended - there are no right answers, just explorations and investigations.
Remember- Safety First At All Times!  Children must be supervised closely at all times. A young child can drown in less than 2 inches of water. Infants and toddlers can safely play in small amounts of water only if an adult is with them at all times.
What are children learning when they play in water?
  • Fine Motor Skills - Water play encourages the development of eye/hand coordination through pouring, squeezing, stirring, painting, scrubbing, and squirting.
  • Concepts - Children begin to understand and experiment with concepts such as more/less, same/different, many/few, empty/full, before/after, greater than/less than, and counting.
  • Social and Emotional Development- Water is relaxing and soothing. Children become less tense when they release their emotions with pouring, pounding, and swooshing. They practice playing cooperatively, negotiating and sharing.    
  • Language Development- Children learn new words - sieve, funnel, eggbeater, splash, pour, bubbly - and have conversations with adults and other children.
  • Creativity- Children use their imaginations as they cook, create mud castles, or wash cars. 
Health & Safety Corner
Are you using safe sunscreen? 
Not all sunscreens are safe, even the ones that are sold specifically for children.  

Many sunscreens contain harmful ingredients that are health hazards. These harmful ingredients may result in hormone disruption, skin irritations, allergies, lung irritation and skin penetration, just to name a few.

This info is from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The attached is EWG's Guide to Safer Sunscreens. It contains which ingredients & products to look for and which to avoid.  EWG rates the safety of sunscreens. 

The best score is 1 and the worst score is 10. Click Here for the best scoring sunscreens.

Here are quick tips for choosing sunscreens:
  • No Spray Sunscreens
  • No Super-High SPFs (not greater than 50)
  • No Oxybenzone and other Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
  • No Retinyl Palmitate
  • No Combined Sunscreen/Bug Repellents
  • No Sunscreen towelettes or powders
  • No Tanning Oils
Click Here is more valuable information and resources from EWG. You can also search for information regarding the sunscreen you currently use.

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 
  email us at  referrals@cccwny.org
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
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What's happening at the Council
Hear from our Employees!

"What I like best about working at the Council is knowing the work we do helps to improve the lives of children and families in our community." - Lindsay Tiernan, Assistant Director of Provider Services

"Overall, the Council is an amazing place to work with supportive staff and a mission that touches the lives of so many people in Westchester. However, the most touching moments I have experienced here have been because of their flexibility and support when it comes to their staff's personal lives. This sets them apart from any other place I've worked." - Michelle Guena, Communications Associate

5 0th Anniversary Party
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Elmsford, New York

Council Office Closings 
All Day
Monday, September 3, 2018

Early Closing
Friday, August 30, 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
Screening Under the Stars - August 10th 
When : Friday, August 10, 2018
Where : Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla NY
Cost : Free
For more information click here

Story Time and Workshops with the Hudson River Museum

When: Wednesday, August 1 & August 8 at 6:30
Where : Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers NY
Cost : Free
For more information click here

August 11th is 
National Play in the 
Sand Day!

Enjoy playing in the sand on August 11th or any day for that matter.  Sand play helps develop fine motor skills, a sense of textures, and many other skills. Don't have a beach to visit? Bring some sand into your sensory table and let your children explore!
Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 
Ossining Parent Skills Coaching
start in September

Yonkers Parent Skills Coaching
start in October 

Mount Vernon Parent Skills Coaching  
start in October
What's Cooking
Broccoli and Cheese 
Mini Egg Omelets

  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 whole large eggs
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • cooking spray

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 
  2. Steam broccoli with a little water for about 6-7 minutes.
  3. When broccoli is cooked, crumble into smaller pieces and add olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Spray a standard size non-stick cupcake tin with cooking spray and spoon broccoli mixture evenly into 9 tins.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites, eggs, grated cheese, salt and pepper.
  6. Pour into the greased tins over broccoli until a little more than 3/4 full.
  7. Top with grated cheddar and bake in the oven until cooked. About 20 minutes. Serve immediately.
  8. Wrap any leftovers in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator to enjoy during the week. 
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