"Math is Cool in After School" will provide after school programs with training and materials to enhance the math experiences of the students they serve. Ten to fifteen after school programs will participate in a series of workshops designed to make math concepts understandable and integrate math learning/activities throughout the day. This exciting new project is funded by the TD Bank Foundation. Westchester’s after school programs not only support working parents but also expand and strengthen children’s learning beyond the regular school day. We thank the TD Bank Foundation for its leadership in this area.
A new grant from the Westchester Community Foundation will expand and deepen the Council's advocacy activities. The award will support a report on Westchester employers’ child care needs and concerns, new infographics on the scope and cost of Westchester child care and training for child care/after school board leaders on advocacy for safe, affordable, quality child care. The Council is grateful to the Foundation for understanding the critical importance of advocacy to our work at a time when there has never been greater recognition of the importance of the early years but resources remain limited.
We exceeded our #GivingTuesday goal!
Thanks to you, we're going to create at least SIX (!) scholarships for Westchester families to get quality early care and education for their kids.
Every milestone they meet as children and each accomplishment as adults will have its roots in your generosity.
Click the link below to view the Council's Winter 2015 Newsletter.
Included in this issue:
- Focus on Early Literacy
- #GivingTuesday Update
- Annual Parent Child Care Survey Results
- and more!
To help raise visibility for the Child Care Council’s 2015 #GivingTuesday campaign and increase donations, TD Bank is sponsoring a social media challenge. Beginning on November 23rd and culminating on December 1st (#GivingTuesday), TD will donate $1 to the Council, up to $2,500 total, each time someone likes, shares or retweets specified Council Facebook and Twitter posts about #GivingTuesday. In addition, the Child Care Council’s Board of Directors will match all individual contributions, up to a total of $3,000.
Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 on Giving Tuesday - December 1, 2015 - to support our child care scholarship campaign, the Early Opportunity Fund. We have many testimonials from scholarship recipients who tell us - sometimes through tears - about the relief they feel being able to go to work without worry, knowing their child is safe, loved and learning. We want to give this gift to more families!
Do we have the child care and after school programs families need?
Whether you are an employer, a community leader, an elected official or work in the Westchester child care/after school field, it's important to know how our early care and education community is doing. Join us to hear the latest data on supply, cost and quality and for the results of our latest parent survey on their child care experiences. White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David E. Chong will talk about why access to programs for children and youth matters to law enforcement.
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Location: YWCA of White Plains, 515 North Street, White Plains
The Council received a first-time grant of $2,500 from People's United Community Foundation to support its Early Literacy Family Book Bag Program, which provides child care centers and family child care providers with bags of books to lend to children in their programs, to encourage family reading time and promote early literacy. The Council was recognized, along with 17 other local grant recipients, at a breakfast event hosted by the Foundation.
"Our Book Bag Program plays a critical role in early literacy for Westchester's children - giving them the opportunity to develop and share a love of reading and storytelling with their parents and siblings outside of school," said Child Care Council Executive Director Kathy Halas. "We are so appreciative for People's recognition and support of this early learning initiative."
Participating child care programs also receive training and technical assistance from Council specialists to build and enrich the early literacy experiences they provide to the children in their care. The Council has distributed approximately 2,000 books to child care programs and providers since the Family Book Bag Program was established in 2012.
Openings for Babies Step Forward Available Throughout Westchester
Infants and toddlers from low income working families in Westchester have new opportunities to participate in Early Head Start child care programs thanks to a federal grant designed to improve early childhood development. Babies Step Forward openings – for children ages 6 weeks to 2 years, 9 months, including those with special needs – are available at child care centers and group family care providers countywide. Parents must be working and either receiving, or eligible to receive, a child care subsidy through Westchester County.
Babies Step Forward offers responsive, relationship-based care and developmentally-appropriate curriculum. Participating families also receive additional benefits, including access to a disability specialist, social worker and nurse, free diapers and wipes, and other ongoing support.
Full day care is available at the following child care centers; parents should contact the centers directly if interested:
Greyston Learning Center, 68 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers NY 10701
Tot’s Place, 8 Bent Avenue, Port Chester NY 10573
Mt. Kisco Child Care Center, 95 Radio Circle, Mt. Kisco NY 10549
Lanza Learning Center, 150 Woodworth Avenue, Yonkers NY 10701