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Our 50th Anniversary Announcement
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50th Anniversary Celebration

5 0th Anniversary Party
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Elmsford, New York
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 Prescription for PLAY
Play is not frivolous: it enhances brain structure and function and promotes executive function (ie, the process of learning, rather than the content), which allow us to pursue goals and ignore distractions.
For more information:
Prescription for play? It's
Prescription for play? It's "brain building" for kids, study finds

#2 20 Ways Parents Can Handle Your Kids' Allergies When They Start School
Allergies are becoming so common that it seems everyone either has an allergy or knows someone who does. And while dealing with allergies is never easy, the fact that so many kids have them means there's more awareness on the subject than ever. Still, parents are right to freak out a little when their children with allergies start school.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways parents can ease their minds when their children are about to go off to school (without mom as a backup). 
Whether it's a child care, school program or preschool or kindergarten, parents will need to prepare for their kids having more independence and responsibility than your average child. Of course, every parent hopes that their child's school will look out for them, but there are a few things parents can do to increase the odds that their child will get the help they need if they ever have an allergic reaction.

#3 Why Do Parents Spend So Much On Child Care, Yet Early Childhood Educators Earn So Little?
Why Do Parents Spend So Much On Child Care, Yet Early Childhood Educators Earn So Little?
Why Do Parents Spend So Much On Child Care, Yet Early Childhood Educators Earn So Little?

Children's Corner
Water Songs for Water Play
 Water Songs

Playing in water - sprinklers, water tables, or bins on a table - is fun AND has so many opportunities for learning. Now add songs and rhymes to the children as they play and you have created an easy and fun way to connect language with an activity. This combination is an enriched learning opportunity that can lead to increasing children's vocabulary and their ability to rhyme, and them having even more fun! And water play is not just for summer!!

Here are some of our favorites! 


  • Old McDonald Had An Ocean
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Rub-a-Dub-Dub
  • Five Green and Speckled Frogs
  • Three Little Fishies
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Ms. Lucy Had a Baby
  • It's Raining, It's Pouring
  • Five Little Fish


Health & Safety Corner
It is easy for parents to identify their child's physical needs: nutritious food, warm clothes when it's cold, bedtime at a reasonable hour. However, a child's mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious. Good mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially and learn new skills.  Additionally, good friends and  encouraging words from adults are all important for helping children develop self confidence, high self-esteem, and a healthy emotional outlook on life.


Basics for a child's good mental health:

  • Unconditional love from family
  • Self-confidence and high self-esteem
  • The opportunity to play with other children
  • Encouraging teachers and supportive caretakers
  • Safe and secure surroundings
  • Appropriate guidance and discipline

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...
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What's happening at the Council

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

Council Office Closings 
All Day
Monday, September 3rd
Monday, October 8th 

Early Closing
Friday, August 30th, 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
Story Walk
When : September 1st through September 23rd
Where : Greenburgh Nature Center
Cost : Free
For more information click here

Hudson Valley Irish Festival

When : Sunday, September 29, 2018 11am-7pm
Where : Peekskill Riverfront Green Park
Cost : Free
For more information  
click here

September 30th is World Deaf Day

Here is a video teaching some great basics to teaching the children in your care:

Baby Sign Language: Starter Signs | Parents
Baby Sign Language: Starter Signs | Parents
On World Deaf Day, work with your children on their Sign Language skills! Sign Language has been one of the primary means of communication for the deaf since the 1800's, and is now classified as a world language. Research has been found that the use of signs and finger spelling will accommodate a wide range of learning styles: verbal linguistic, kinesthetic and interpersonal.
Babies as young as six to seven months can remember a sign, by eight months they can begin to sign single words and imitate gestures. By 24 months, children can sign compound words and full sentences.

Parent Education
Click below to see a full list of 
Ossining Parent Skills Coaching
start in September

White Plains Parent Skills Coaching
start in September

Yonkers Parent Skills Coaching
start in October 

Mount Vernon Parent Skills Coaching  
start in October
What's Cooking
Fresh Fruit Frozen Yogurt Pops

  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1 cup either fresh or frozen fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or peaches
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
  • 1 set of 6 popsicle molds (if you do not have mold you can also use small paper cups, wooden sticks, and aluminum foil
  1. In a blender or food processor, add the fresh or frozen fruit, honey or agave nectar, and yogurt, blending until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  2. Fill each of the Popsicle molds 3/4 of the way full then add the top. Place the mold in the freezer and freeze several hours or until solid. Remove the tops and enjoy.
  3. If using paper cups, follow the same process making sure not to overfill the cups. Place the paper cups on a dinner plate and cover with aluminum foil. Make one small slit in the top of the foil over each cup and insert the wooden stick. Once frozen, simply peel the paper cup away and enjoy.
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