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9 Membership Meeting* from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ECLC 

Advocacy Day 

Membership Meeting* from 10:30 am to 3 p.m. at ECLC 

19 Board Meeting from 12 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom 

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New Resource 
"There are many things to consider when starting a new child care business. Whether you are interested in starting a family child care home or a child care center, these resources can help. They will guide you through the steps you need to take to open and operate a successful child care program."  Click here for provider resources from Child Care Aware of America. 

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Winter 2018
Early Care & Learning Council News

2018 ECLC Leadership Summit
Dr. Lynette Fraga  delivers  "Filling a Blank Screen: Moving the Cursor for Child Care" 

On October 10 and 11, ECLC held its annual Leadership Summit at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady. The first day of "Shaping the Future: Early Care & Education Professionals at Work" featured a keynote address from Dr. Lynette Fraga, Executive Director of Child Care Aware of America. After Dr. Fraga presented, Janice M. Molnar, Ph.D., Deputy Commissioner of Division of Child Care Services at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services spoke about partnerships and "growing and changing together." Guests enjoyed dinner with a Silent Auction and Wine Pull after the concurrent sessions of Agency Succession Planning and Restructuring, Overview of the Council on Children & Families and Braiding and Blending of Funds to Support NYS Child Care. 

The second day of Leadership Summit featured Margaret Regan, President & CEO of the Future Work Institute, who helped attendees understand their unconscious biases. Additionally, a Mobilization Panel Discussion took place featuring Barbara-Ann Mattle, CEO of Child Care Council, Inc., Cindy Veazey, ECLC Board Member and Christina Philo, Legislative Director for Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee. Participants then had the opportunity to attend Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope or a Mindfulness WorkshopAfter lunch, concurrent sessions of Adverse Child Experiences (ACE's): Trauma Informed Care and Vicarious Trauma and ACE's In Action gave participants a deeper understanding of childhood trauma. 

The invigorating, educational two-day event was a huge success. The Summit provided critical, cutting edge information and tools necessary to meet the challenges and opportunities in today's ever-changing environment. Together, we celebrated the work that each of us do each and every day, improving outcomes for New York's youngest children. 

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Policy & Community Education 

As the Policy and Community Education department prepares for the new year, the priorities of the CCR&R network are front and center. This fall the network approved a $5 million Executive Budget Ask for increased Infant and Toddler services.  Jessica and Meredith have been attending numerous meetings with partners, stakeholders and lawmakers to ensure that the network budget ask is heard. This includes contracting with the lobbying firm Brown & Weinraub.

Significant work has also been done with the Programs and Services team to develop data sheets that highlight the need for increased investment in the creation of additional Infant and Toddler child care, as well as the need for an increased investment in quality through the statewide network of IT specialists.

ECLC will again be working with the Empire State Campaign for Child Care and Winning Beginning NY on Early Childhood Advocacy Day.  Both groups have included ECLC's $5million budget ask in their priorities. Advocacy Day will be held at the Legislative Office Building and New York State Capitol here in Albany on Monday, February 4th. Please save the date and look for registration the first week of January. We look forward to seeing you in Albany!

This past quarter our Community Education Coordinator, Afsha Kasam, attended the NAMI-NYS Education Conference, Early Childhood Conference, and Mid-Hudson Valley Leadership Day. Afsha also ran a voter education and turnout campaign, as well as a Giving Tuesday social media campaign. Additionally, she will be serving on the planning committee for "What's Great in Our State : A Celebration of Children's Mental Health Awareness." Please let us know if you would like to be involved!

Special Projects 


The Special Projects engaged in several events over the last quarter that are noteworthy:
On October 29
ECLC hosted a statewide business leader event at the Albany Marriott where 25 participants from diverse sectors (union, chambers, retail, medical, etc.) all came together to focus on child care and how best to solve the current crisis.  Employers are constantly struggling with retaining employees who are faced with finding affordable, quality child care. 
Participants were divided into three groups focusing on non-traditional hours, expanding and developing creative child care solutions and ways to seek legislative support. Follow up meetings are being held with a full report to be delivered at the March Membership meeting
Additionally, we assisted with the facilitation of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Train the Trainer (TOT) that took place at the Early Care & Learning Council. 25 CCR&R organizations from around the state participated in the four hour TOT on October 30. 
On November 2, a statewide group of individuals gathered for the second time to discuss the first Equity, Inclusion & Leadership Conference to be held in May 2019.  More information will be forthcoming as we formulate the outcome and secure speakers.
Special Projects also rolled out the ELAN/NBCDI Expulsion & Suspension toolkit at the Membership meeting where OCFS was present.  We received praise from OCFS and many questions from the audience.  The PowerPoint was developed specifically for our Membership Meeting and has been shared with our network in the hope that all our members will share the content of the toolkit within their local communities.
We were part of a team that attended a meeting with New York State Employment and Training (Melinda Mack's office) to discuss the importance of our work and how we could possible partner on child care issues.
To wrap up the final requirement of the three year commitment with BUILD's Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) project, Fannie will visit Puerto Rico to review the early education process and how they are surviving after hurricane Maria.
The Special Projects Team also secured several sponsorships for the Leadership Summit, ran a successful Giving Tuesday campaign, researched several grant opportunities, and hosted one intern from SUNY Albany.

Programs and Services 

The final Health Care Consultant call for the year occurred on December 11th. They rolled out a new regional model in 2019. 
Pyramid Model Training for CCR&R staff finished up in early November. 
ProKnowledge workshops, Creating a Respectful Workplace & Communicating for Success, took place in Rochester and Albany.  In addition, MicroKnowledge conducted Data Analytics - Telling Your Story in Albany.  Children's Institute, Inc. delivered Stages of Change at ECLC on November 29th. 
Management Training for Center Directors has continued as scheduled with 34 workshops completed year- to- date. Two additional workshops were added to the calendar for December (Strengthening Supervisory Skills in Spring Valley and Technology: A Business Outreach Tool in Albany). For 2019, there will be a schedule of TOTs for CCR&R trainers to attend before conducting a Management Training workshop. 
The final Trainer's Forum for the year is scheduled for December 18th.  We are in the process of developing a new Trainer's Manual that will be shared at this forum. 

Last, but not least: Renee Richman will be finishing her VISTA Fellowship at ECLC a little early in order to continue with her studies toward her Master's degree in social work.  Renee's last day with us will be on December 20th.  She will be moving back home to Long Island to complete her practicum.  We wish her well, but will miss her terribly!  Renee has contributed greatly not only to the programs and services team projects and activities, but to almost every program and activity at ECLC!  In her short time here, close to two years, we have all enjoyed getting to know her as a member of our ECLC family, and we wish her the best :)   

Infant Toddler 

In October and November, IT Pyramid Training Modules 1 & 2 took place.  Monthly IT Specialist Network calls were held, with topics including: Infancy Leadership Circles-with special guests from NY's Zero to Three; and creating Provider Support Networks. For 2019, there will be  
quarterly follow-up meetings with IT Specialists across all of the seven OCFS Regions, with a focus on Theory of Change plans.        
Member News
Chemung County Child Care Council 
Chemung County Child Care Council visits Congressman Reed while at NAEYC Conference in D.C. 

In the photo: Wendy DiBucci - Legally Exempt Specialist; Judy Elston - Early Childhood Quality Specialist; Congressman Reed; Julie Monell - Board Member and Ruth Harvey - Executive Director.

The Chemung County Child Care Council staff/board visited Congressman Reed's office in D. C. while attending the NAEYC conference. They had arranged for his office to provide a tour of the Capitol building and a tour of the White House (both were amazing). They also had a chance to talk with the Congressman about the Child Care and Development Block grant and ways that we can ensure subsidy dollars support children to be enrolled in a quality early care and education program.  A follow up meeting will be scheduled in late December or January. 

Family of Woodstock, Inc.
                   Mid Hudson Valley Leadership Day continues to be a day to Engage, Inspire and Celebrate!


On November 9th, we held the 2nd Mid Hudson Valley Leadership Day at The Chateau in Kingston. There were over 110 attendees from child care centers, various school districts, public health facilities, family day care homes, CCR&Rs, independent consultants, and the Office of Children and Family Services. We had 16 vendors offering information about health and safety for children and families, quality educational materials for child care programs, professional development opportunities, Quality Stars information, various state and local agencies, and fun merchandise from Niagara Chocolates and Knitted by Linda.

We wanted to acknowledge the leaders in the early childhood education profession and give an opportunity to renew and revitalize the field in the Mid-Hudson Valley region. We are fortunate to have such a bountiful array of skills and talents serving our communities and families.
We had amazing presenters offer their wisdom and expertise of the profession, with a focus on social and emotional wellness. The presenters included: 

  • Dr. John Pelizza, the Keynote Speaker who engaged the audience with "Keys to Physical and Mental Wellness" 
  • Tim Hathaway, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse New York, offered vital information on "Adverse Childhood Experiences and Protective Factors"
  • Jenn O'Connor, Public Policy Chair, NYAEYC, gave pointers for "Advocacy Made Easy: Part II"
  • Marilyn Ballard, Panel Moderator, offered information on new initiatives, useful resources on "How to Bridge Research into Practice" from Panelists, Meredith Chimento, Helen Frazier, Kristen Kerr, Nancy Maffia and Patty Persell

We closed the day with Brown Sugar: Brianna Knight, Janet Marie and Stephanie Voyard who entertained us with inspirational original music and song about "Diversity: The Black Woman's Experience." 
We are excited to start planning for next year's MHVLD. It was again an incredible event, shared with amazing professionals. MHVLD was a time to reflect on what we are thankful for and go forward with a renewed commitment to strengthen the bridges of support between us all.
Council staff Jennifer Brown, Referral Specialist, and Helena Soberal, CC Subsidy Clerical, attended the 3rd annual Kidz Expo at Orange County Community College. This year's event offered babies, toddlers, young children & tweens a fun-filled day, as well as offering parents important resource information.

Celebrate Jane Brown and Stand Up for Rockland's Children:  On October 3, 2018, Jane Brown was honored for her 27 years of dedicated service to Child Care Resources of Rockland and to the children and families of Rockland County. One hundred and thirty people attended the event at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern, NY, and $23,500 was raised for the Child Care Tuition Scholarship Program, a program near and dear to Jane's heart. 

The Early Years Are Learning Years:  Our 44th Annual Conference took place on November 3, 2018. We are grateful to NYS Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski for sponsoring this conference. We hosted over 125 attendees on the beautiful campus of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY.
New Leadership: 
December 1, 2018, was the official start date for our new executive director, Vicki Caramante. Vicki served on the agency's board for 10 years and brings more than 30 years of administrative, management, and policy experience in the public and nonprofit sectors to her new position. Board and staff couldn't be more delighted to be working with Vicki in this new capacity.
Field Testing Learning Kits for Loan to Family and Group Family Child Care Providers in our two rural counties (Wayne and Livingston) 
Community Helpers Kit

We are always trying to think of innovative ideas to offer support and assist providers in offering quality programming for the children in their care. We created these Learning Kits that providers could "check out" at our two rural branch offices for a free, two week loan. There are five different kits - "My Amazing Body," "Searching Our Solar System," "Animal Kingdom," "Fun With Food," and "Community Helpers" (pictured above.) All of the kits contain a variety of books, toys, games and activities, spanning all age levels, for children to explore these topics. Additionally, there is a folder in each kit that has extension ideas for providers to utilize, if they choose, to do even more with each topic. Each additional activity provided also states whether it supports math, STEAM, literacy, motor or other learning objectives. It is our hope that providers will check these kits out for their programs. If successful, we will expand to our Main office in Monroe County and will add kits with different themes.
Child Care Resource Network 
Record Breaking Diaper Drive: On Giving Tuesday, CCRN, in partnership with Dash's Market, U.B. Infant Lab, WKBW Channel 7 & Five Below, kicked off the 2018-2019 Diaper Drive. Last year, we raised $1,900 and the goal for this year was $2,000. With the support of our AMAZING community we were able to blow that out of the water. To date, we have raised $2,430 and collected over 2,100 diapers. These diapers will be distributed as "grants" to local providers who serve children in need. Each grant contains over 1,000 diapers as well as educational materials. With the totals so far, an estimated 20+ grants will go out to local providers.

CCRN Becomes A Vroom Partner: Child Care Resource Network was chosen to partner with Child Care Aware and become a Vroom Ambassador. Together, we will be able to educate and provide Vroom resources to families, providers and organizations in the community to help them better understand the importance of brain development during the first five years of life.
CCRN Awarded $20,000 to Conduct  Parents Interacting With Infants (PIWI) Program : This proposed program is dedicated to both the early years of child development as well as supports for parents of children ages birth to five, as the caregiver-child relationship is critical for learning and refining skills that lead to healthy adult relationships and experiences, including trust, empathy, compassion, generosity, and conscience (Vanderbilt University, 2008).
Child Care Resource Network will offer four cycles of the Parents Interacting With Infants (PIWI) Program free to any parent in Erie County. Using curriculum developed by Vanderbilt University's The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, the PIWI program is predicated on a research-based philosophy of coaching interactions originally designed for home visitors which has seen success in child care programs.
CCRN will also be focusing on the recently researched Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework, which was developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy at the National Alliance of Children's Trust & Prevention Funds (NACTPF). By supporting families with resources on the five protective factors: parental resilience, social connections (positive relationships), knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and social and emotional competence of children: participating parents and providers will well-equipped to facilitate the necessary growth and development of children ages birth to five years. This program will target our legally exempt providers and parents, as they fall below the federal poverty level, and many have all parents in the household in the workforce. Due to transportation barriers that often  accompany economic hardship, CCRN will conduct all PIWI education sessions at the residences of providers/parents: a resource currently not available for any parent or provider in Erie County.
Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc.

Alissa Repetti, Senior Early Childhood Specialist, Stella Lundie, Bilingual Early Childhood Specialist posing with CCCN supporters outside of Alex and Ani.

On Friday, December 7th Child Care Council of Nassau teamed up with Alex and Ani of Roosevelt Field Mall to hold a "Charmed by Charity" event. During the evening hours of 7 and 9,  15% of the store's profits were donated to CCCN. With the Holiday shopping rush, the Council staff not only raised about $600, but advertised their mission and services to the public. The fun and easy event has inspired Council to consider reaching out to other local businesses to support us with similar opportunities in the future.
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