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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Concerns and Compliance

Before you choose a child care provider, you may want to check whether there is a history of violations. While it’s not uncommon for programs to have an occasional regulatory violation, ongoing or serious violations are cause for concern.

To check the compliance history of a program, visit the NYS Office of Children and Family Services website or call the Spring Valley Regional Office at (845) 708-2400.

To check the specific complaint history of any registered family and school-age program in Westchester County, call the Child Care Council at (914) 761-3456 x123.

 

To Discuss a Concern or File A Complaint

If you have concerns about a child care provider or want to file a complaint, call the Child Care Council at (914) 761-3456 and dial 0 to be connected to an operator immediately. To report suspected child abuse or maltreatment, call The Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 342-3720.

Published in Concerns
Monday, March 16, 2015

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SCARSDALE, NY (March 16, 2015) – The Child Care Council of Westchester - a nonprofit resource organization that works to ensure every child in Westchester has access to quality early care and education – announces the 2015 recipients of its Champions for Children Awards: Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Family Services of Westchester, and Sarah Lawrence College. Honorees will be recognized at the Annual Awards Breakfast, sponsored by Polaris Properties, on Friday, June 5, 2015 from 8:00 to 10:00 am at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, NY. Tara Rosenblum of News 12 Westchester will be Master of Ceremonies.

Published in News
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Community Resources

There are many wonderful resources available for families and child care providers in the Westchester Community.

Local Resources:

  • external link icon Westchester County Website
    Offices, programs, services and calendars of events offered by Westchester County government.
  • external link icon Westchester Children's Association
    An organization with a mission to improve the lives of Westchester’s children by shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and by keeping the well-being of Westchester’s children at the top of the public agenda.
  • external link icon 211
    Connects families to thousands of health and human services... everything from basic needs like food, clothing and shelter to legal services, drug treatment, employment support, child care, physical/mental health resources, elder care, services for persons with disabilities and more.
  • external link icon Westchester Library System
    Provides information about the county's public libraries. Site also offers online book catalogs, research links, homework help and library news.
  • external link icon Early Intervention Program
    Services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
  • external link icon Family Ties
    Provides support and services to families of children with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.
  • external link icon Need Food?
    Food Bank for Westchester provides a list of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other resources for food for hungry people.
  • external link icon Neighbors Link
    An organization with a mission to strengthen the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants.
  • Concern or Complaint about Child Care
    The Child Care Council of Westchester will take your information if you have concerns or want to make a complaint about a child care program. Call (914) 761-3456 and press “0”to be connected to the operator. You will be transferred to someone who can speak to you directly.
  • You may also call the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS) for complaints about child care programs. Call (800) 732-5207 to make a complaint call.
  • Concern about the wellbeing of a child/Child Abuse Hotline
    To report suspected child abuse or maltreatment, call The Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 342-3720.

Parent Resources:

  • external link icon American Academy of Pediatrics
    A comprehensive website that includes health tips, articles on current research, advocacy information, activities and much more.
  • external link icon Born Learning
    Is designed as a tool for long-lasting community change that supports young children. It has three cornerstones:
    • Awareness: Providing important information about how young children learn
    • Education: Providing easy, fun action steps that parents, grandparents and caregivers can use very day
    • Action: Providing a visible platform for public policy and action
    The goal of Born Learning is to inspire everyone who impacts young children to make the best possible decision to boost school readiness. Born Learning provides the tools to make long-lasting community change.
  • external link icon Child Care Aware
    Helps parents find information on locating child care in their community.
  • external link icon Children at Risk
    Consequences for School Readiness and Beyond
  • external link icon Children’s Defense Fund
    Provides a strong, effective voice for all children of America, paying particular attention to the needs of the poor and minority children.
  • external link icon Consumer Product Safety Commission
    Provides lists of the latest product recalls.
  • external link icon The Daily Parent
    This newsletter offers the latest information on child development issues, tips for finding quality child care, and numerous resources for busy parents, as well as child care professionals.
  • external link icon Families and Work Institute
    Information on work-life issues and concerns confronting workers and employers.
  • external link icon Head Start
    Information from Administration for Children and Families (ACF) on finding a program in your state, getting your child into Head Start, starting a Head Start program, and resources for families and communities.
  • external link icon Lead Awareness Program
    Information on how to protect your child from lead poisoning.
  • external link icon National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) (now Child Care Aware of America)
    Our members, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies, support parents seeking child care, helping more than 5 million families find, evaluate, or pay for child care each year.
  • external link icon NYS Parent Education Partnership
    All children should grow up in nurturing families. The mission of the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) is to make that happen, by improving parenting skills and behavior through a strong, statewide network.
    To Find a Parenting Program external link icon http://www.preventchildabuseny.org/resources/for-parents
    Parent Helpline 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373) available everyday 9am to 10pm
    A caring and confidential Helpline where parents can get information and referrals to places in their community that can help.
  • external link icon Zero to Three
    Zero to Three is a national organization that provides child development information for parents and professional regarding infants and toddlers.

Professional Resources:

  • external link icon NYS Office of Children and Family Services
    Web site contains information relating to childcare in New York State, which includes registering and licensing the different types of childcare programs. It is also a resource for obtaining documents associated with registering and licensing the programs. There is information on New York State regulatory laws governing all childcare programs as well as their compliance history.
  • pdfChild Care Provider Handbook ~ A Providers Manual for the Child Care Subsidy Program
    Contains all the information providers will need to understand how the subsidy system works and best practices for providers and parents to be successful in working with the subsidy program
  • external link icon The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
    Founded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
  • external link icon Zero To Three
    Zero To Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Their mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.
  • external link icon The Educational Incentive Program (EIP)
    EIP is a scholarship program funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS). Its purpose is to assist childcare providers in paying for the professional development training and education they need to provide quality care to children.
  • external link icon The Medication Administration and Health and Safety Training Rebate Program
    Funding is available to help childcare providers obtain professional development and education. In addition, rebates are available to help offset the cost of MAT and Health and Safety training.
  • external link icon Cornell Cooperative Extension
    The Cornell Cooperative Extension educational system enables people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. The Child Care Council of Westchester partners with the Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer the external link icon SUNY Videoconferencing training sessions to family and group family providers at their Valhalla office, 26 Legion Drive, Valhalla, NY.
  • external link icon Consumer Product Safety Commission
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
  • external link icon Children’s Defense Fund
    The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children.

School Age Resources:

  • external link icon AfterSchool Works! New York
    AfterSchool Works! New York (formerly the New York State School-Age Care Coalition) is the official state affiliate of the National Afterschool Association (NAA) and serves as a non-profit membership association for afterschool professionals in New York.
  • external link icon National Afterschool Association (NAA)
    NAA is a leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours.
  • external link icon The National Institute on Out of School Time (NIOST)
    NIOST is an action-research institute that provides a national perspective on the critical issues facing the out-of-school time field as well as interactive, research based training opportunities.
  • external link icon School Age Notes
    School Age Notes supplies a wide range of proven and practical tools and publishes a monthly newsletter for school age professionals.
  • external link icon Afterschool Alliance
    The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children.
  • School-Age Director's Network (SADN)
    The School-Age Director's Network lends its support to after school directors. The Network meets every third Tuesday of the month from 10:00 am -12 pm at the Child Care Council in Scarsdale. Contact Kim DeSalvo or Brent Morton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Published in Community Resources
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Visit Us

Whatever your needs related to child care in Westchester County, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We are open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Our office is handicapped accessible.

313 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, New York 10583

For accurate GPS directions, use: 300 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583
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By Bus:

The #20 bus travels north and south along Central Park Avenue.

Driving Directions:

Major Deegan Expressway, North becomes NY Thruway
Take this to exit 4 (Cross County Parkway). Take Cross County Parkway to the Sprain Brook Parkway north to Jackson Avenue exit. Make a right at the light and take Jackson Avenue to Central Park Avenue. Make a left at Central Park Avenue and continue until you arrive at 313 Central Park Avenue. Make a left and proceed up the hill to the back of the building. Entrance is at driveway level.

Saw Mill River Parkway heading South
Take Exit 26, to Taconic State Parkway South toward Sprain Pkwy/NYC/Bronx Pkwy. Keep straight onto the Sprain Brook Pkwy South. In approximately 5 miles, take SR-100B, towards Ardsley/Greenburgh. At end of ramp turn left. At second light, turn right onto 100A/ W. Hartsdale Road. Continue approximately 1.5 miles and turn right at light onto Central Park Avenue South. In approximately .4 miles turn right into 313 Central Park Ave. At top of driveway bear right to park. Entrance is at driveway level.

Saw Mill River Parkway heading North
Take Exit 5A for Palmer Road. Turn right onto Palmer Road for approximately 1 mile. Take ramp right and follow signs for SR-100 North/Central Park Ave. Continue on Central Park Avenue for approximately 5.2 miles. Make a left turn up the driveway at 313 Central Park Avenue. At top of driveway bear right to park. Entrance is at driveway level

Taconic Pkwy heading South 
Exit at Sprain Brook Parkway So toward New York City. Exit at Rt 100B toward Greenburgh/Ardsley. Turn left onto NY 100B/Dobbs Ferry Road/Landers Rd and continue to West Hartsdale Avenue/ NY 100 A and go right. Turn right again onto Central Park Avenue. End at 313 Central Park Avenue. Make a right hand turn up driveway at 313 Central Park Avenue. At top of driveway bear right to park. Entrance is at driveway level.

Bronx River Parkway heading South
Make a right hand turn at exit 22 at County Center. Continue straight on Central Park Avenue (100) for 2.3 miles. Make a right hand turn up driveway at 313 Central Park Avenue. At top of driveway bear right to park. Entrance is at driveway level.

Bronx River Parkway heading North
Exit at Fenimore Road. Make a left at the exit. Go over parkway and follow East Hartsdale Avenue to Central Park Avenue . Turn left onto Central Park Avenue. Continue to 313 Central Park Avenue and make a right turn up driveway. At top of driveway bear right to park. Entrance is at driveway level.

684 South
Take exit 3/Armonk (Rt 22 South). Follow Rt 22 to Bronx River Parkway exit. Follow directions from Bronx River Parkway heading South (above)

I-287 E (Cross Westchester Expressway) toward White Plains/Rye
Take Exit 4 to Rt. 100A exit towards Hartsdale. Turn right onto NY- 100A/Knollwood Road. Turn slight left onto W. Hartsdale Avenue/NY-100A. Turn right onto Central Park Avenue. Make a right up driveway at 313 Central Park Avenue. At top of the driveway, bear right to park. Entrance is at driveway level.

I-287 W to Exit 4, Rt 100A, toward Hartsdale
Turn left onto 100A/Knollwood Road. Turn slight left onto W. Hartsdale Ave, turn right onto Central Park Avenue. Make a right up driveway at 313 Central Park Avenue. At top of the driveway, bear right to park. Entrance is at driveway level.

Published in Directions
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Supporters

Contributors to the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.

We are immensley greatful for the support of each of our donors.
July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Individuals

Mr. and Mrs. David Alexander
Sally Alfis
Patricia Amanna, Ed.D.
Emily Angell
Margie and Jim Arsham
Nancy Balaban
Karen Blumenthal
Linda H. Bresler
Linda Breton
Hon. David Buchwald
Richard and Martha Burns
Antoinette Cantone-Dennings
Michael P. Carbon and Lorayne K. Carbon
Debbie Catalano
Jason Chaplin
Joshua Chaplin
Greg Chartier
Thomas Coleman
Mary Jo Collabolletta
L. Danielle Cylich
John Danish
Susana D'Emic
Eugene W. Delvin and Lisbeth Delvin
Robert Dolliver
Amy Echelman
Holly Edelstein
Margot T. Elkin
Dr. Mistie Eltrich
Lydia Evans, MD
Sara Fienup
Salli and Bruce Figler
Meg Gardinier
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Garrison
Gerald and Leslie Geist
George Gipp
Lisa and Michael Goldman
Cora Greenberg
Marianne and Ruairi Gribbon
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Griffin
Thomas Guzzardi and Elissa Guzzardi
Jaclyn Halas
Kathleen Halas
Felice Harris
Lottie and Conrad Harris
Barbara Holland
James Isenberg and Gail Isenberg
Anne Janiak
Chris Johnson
Kevin Junkins
Andrew Karlen, Esq.
Eileen M. Kelley
Giles Kemp
Rhonda S. Kershner and David L. Kershner
Robert Kissner
Ewa S. Knapik
Paul and Jennifer Kooney
Kenneth Kristal
Eleanor B. Krolian
Korey and Koren Kross
James and Mary Larkin
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Lawless
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lawless
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Leand, Jr.
Brian Levin
Liz Liscio
Neil Lowenbraun and Liz Gordon
Cecilia and Joe McKenney
Adrienne Meyer
Hillary Millman
Dr. Josephine Moffett
Molineli Architects
Steven and Paula Morvay
Camille Murphy
Virginia Norton
Michelle Ortiz-Soto
Melissa Peckman-Lenes
Ralph Penny
Theresa Perl
Leah Peskin
Elizabeth S. Pforzheimer
Harry and Marjorie Phillips
Mildred Pintchman
Felicia Putter
David A.H. Rapaport
Craig S. Ruoff
Rori Sagal
Ralph Salem
L. Jeffrey Samuelson and Wendy H. Samuelson
Robi Schlaff
Rosalind J. Schulman
Pamela Shaw
Ann Rose Simon
Jill Singer
Bryson Smalls
Patricia Smith
Ann Spindel
Jane Fulton Stanley

Individuals, cont’d

Thomas Staudter
Susan Steeg
Mr. and Mrs. John Sterbenz
Evelyn M. Stock
Laura Strong
Virginie and Daniel Stujenske
Julie and Michael Swidler
Maureen Syracuse
Vivian Taylor
Amy Weinstein
Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Wine
Steven Wysmuller
Anonymous (2)

Grants

Grants recieved from our generous business, individual and nonprofit partners allow us to offer exciting, important and innovative programs that improve early care and learning for children in Westchester.

Grantor / Purpose

Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation/ Early Literacy

Cornell University/ Blumenthal Summer Internship Program

The Jandon Foundation/ General Support

People's United Community Bank/ Early Literacy

Sexauer Foundation/ Early Literacy

Edith Glick Shoolman Foundation/ General Support

Philip and Lynn Straus Foundation, Inc./ General Support

TD Charitable Foundation/ School-Age Quality Improvement

Univerisity of Chicago/ Subsidy Research Study

Westchester Community Foundation/ Public Policy and Advocacy

IBM Corporation/ Board Retreat and Self Assessment

Anonymous (1)/ Advocacy and General Support

Government Contacts

New York State Department of Health
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Westchester County Department of Social Services
Westchester County Office for Women
Westchester County Office of Workforce Investment
US Administration for Children and Families- Head Start (through grantee WestCOP)

Business Supporters

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
Benjamin Steakhouse
Billet International
BNCVoice
The Bridge Deck
California Pizza Kitchen
Comedywise Incorporated
Dennis Noskin Architects
Desires by Mikolay
The Digital Arts Experience
Doral Arrowwood
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
Eileen Fisher, Inc.
Examiner Media
Happy Harbor Child Care
Hilton Westchester
Inspiria Media, Inc.
Kass and Jeffe CPA's
North Street Community, LLC
Pitney Bowes 
Raybin Management, LLC
The Rivertown Pre-school Program
Shore Grant Services
Sisters of St. John the Baptist DCC
Skinchanted Spa
Vino100
WHUD
Zarin & Sheinmetz

Sponsors

Clarfeld Financial Services
Early Einstein Learning Center
Family Services of Westchester
Fontier Communications
The Lanza Learning Center
Polaris Properties
PwC
Reckson, a division of SL Green Realty Corp
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Westchester Children’s Association
Workforce Development Institute

Published in Supporters
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Donate

The quality of early care and education children receive before the age of 5 affects the trajectory of their entire lives. Donations from individual supporters and businesses make a specific, measurable impact, like:

  • Privately-funded scholarships that have moved approximately 1,000 children from babysitters to education-based programs, where they are quickly learning the language, social and organizational skills that will literally shape their entire lives
  • 3,500 working Westchester parents who get referrals to quality child care programs each year
  • Literacy and book lending programs that help children learn to love reading
  • Formal child care provider quality improvement initiatives with a 97% success rate
  • Enhanced training and professional development opportunities for child care professionals
  • Employers whose employees are more present and productive because our resource and referral information solved their child care issues

When you support quality early care and education, your donation lasts a lifetime.

Online donations:
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Make a Donation

By mail:
Please make your check payable to "Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc." and send to:

Dana Lawless
Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.
313 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583

 

Ways to Support the Council

In addition to traditional financial contributions, we are also pleased to accept:

  • In-kind donations
  • Gifts in kind
  • Matching gifts
  • United Way
  • Gifts of life insurance
  • Donor-advised funds
  • Planned giving

To learn more, contact Dana Lawless, Director of Development, at (914) 761-3456 x127 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published in Donate
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Vision

Our Vision for Westchester

The Child Care Council of Westchester envisions a day when every child's potential is maximized from birth, through access to affordable, high-quality early care and education; when every parent can go to work free from distraction, secure in the knowledge that their children are in a safe, nurturing, learning environment; when Westchester businesses have access to a talented, well-educated homegrown workforce; when elected officials and community leaders universally acknowledge that investing in our children's future through quality early care is essential, and rewarding in every sense of the word.

Published in Vision
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Work Here

Careers at the Council

The Child Care Council of Westchester plays a unique role in Westchester County as the primary agency dedicated to promoting access to high quality, affordable early care and education programs. As an employee of the Council, you have an opportunity to make a measurable, lasting impact in the lives of Westchester's parents and children. When families do well, our community is stronger.

Our working environment is professional, friendly and collaborative. We encourage creative thinking and innovation, and place great value on ethical behavior, fairness and a good sense of humor. We love to help people grow in their jobs and develop careers they love.

Several motivated, energetic professionals needed for immediate openings with competitive salaries/benefits:

Published in Work Here
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Senior Staff

kathy halas

Kathy Halas
Executive Director
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mike goldman

Michael Goldman
Director of Finance & Administration
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idie benjamin

Idie Benjamin
Director of Professional Development
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dana lawless

Dana Lawless
Director of Development
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elissa guzzardi

Elissa Guzzardi
Director of Health Care Consultant Services
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dorothy jenkins

Dorothy Jenkins
Director of Provider Services
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nicole masucci

Nicole Masucci
Director of Family and Employer Services
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juanita pope

Juanita Pope
Office Manager/Community Events Manager
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lindsay tiernan

Lindsay Tiernan
Assistant Director of Provider Services
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Contact Us

Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.

313 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, New York 10583

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Phone: (914) 761-3456
Toll-Free: 1 (844) 387-7525

Fax: (914) 761-1957

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