The Council would like to acknowledge the programs, providers and individuals listed below for supporting the Council by becoming members in 2018.
|Alcott School, The
|All Aboard, Inc.
|All Aboard on the Hudson
|Anna & Jacks Treehouse||New Rochelle|
|Bright Horizons at Bellefair
|Bright Horizons Children's Center
|Bright Horizons Children's Center, LLC
Bedford Discovery Early Childhood Center
Beginning Years @ Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester
|Bronxville Montessori School
|Can We Talk, Inc.||Yonkers|
|Center for Montessori Education, NY, Inc.
|Croton On Hudson|
|Children of America Mohegan Lake, LLC
|Children's Center at Purchase College, Inc., The
|Collin Allen Child Development Center||Mount Vernon|
|Country Children's Center
|Creative Beginnings Children's Center, The
|Days of Wonder Child Care Program
|Early Learning Center at Fieldhome, The
|Easter Seals NY
|Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center
|Family Services of Westchester
|Friendship For Tots Inc.
|Goddard School, The
|Hastings on Hudson|
|Goddard School, The
|Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center
|Greenville Church Nursery School
|Happy Corner Day Care Center, Inc.||Port Chester|
|Happy Tots Child Care, Inc.
|I Can Learning Center, Inc||Mount Vernon|
|Jewish Community Center of Harrison
|John A. Coleman School
|Kids Allowed Corp.
|Kids First Enrichment Program, Inc.
|Lil' Sprouts Early Learning Center
|Lincoln Family Institute||Eastchester|
|Little Angels Child Care Center||Rye|
|Little Disciple Learning Center Inc., The
|Little Sparrows Nursery School
|Lois Bronz Children's Center||White Plains|
|Montrose Child Care Center
|Mount Kisco Child Care Center Inc.
|New Rochelle Day Nursery, Inc., The
|Oak Lane Child Care Center of Pleasantville, Inc.
|Peas and Karrots
|Pelham Children's Center
|Purchase Children's Center, Inc.
|Queen's Daughters Day Care Center, Inc.
|Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
|Saint Peter's Child Care Center, Inc
|Scarborough Presbyterian Children's Center||Scarborough|
|Vernon Heights Day Care Center, Inc||Mount Vernon|
|Westchester Community College Children’s Center||Valhalla|
|Woodlot Christian Preschool, LLC
|YWCA Child Care Center
|Baker, Bobbi||White Plains|
|Barnes, Janice||Kids B.A.S.E. & The Little School
|Barry, Madeline||The Seed Day Care
|Blank, Nan||Kol Ami||White Plains|
|Correa, Vera||Bright Beginnings Preschool||Yorktown|
|Francis, Sabrina||The Living Arts Village||Yonkers|
|Howard, Kathryn||Family Services of Westchester||Tarrytown|
|Koch, Yonatan||New Rochelle|
|Koomson, Rose||Future Stars Academy Day Care||Mount Vernon|
|Merchant, Lynda||Hastings on Hudson|
|Mumford, Deborah||The Nature of Things||North Salem|
|Orell, Margie||Early Childhood Center Westchester Reform Temple||Scarsdale|
|Platt, Linda Jo||Community Nursery School||Dobbs Ferry|
|Podolak, Joyce||Early Childhood Center Westchester Reform Temple||Scarsdale|
|Sink, Paulette||The Seed Day Care
|Swanson, Barbara||Croton Community Nursery School||Croton|
|Symons, Caryn||JCC of Mid-Westchester||Scarsdale|
|Tolchin, Susan||Westchester Reform Temple||Scarsdale|
|Vasconez, Erika||White House Family Day Care||Yonkers|
|Zuckerman, Harvey||Amani Public Charter School||Mount Vernon|
|Group Family Day Care Members|
|Alejandro, Yohanny||Stars of Wonder Care Corp.||Sleepy Hollow|
|Amarasiri, Padmini||Higher Horizons Children's Place LTD.||New Rochelle|
|Arismendi, Gonzalo||Lady Bug Group Family Day Care, Inc.||Port Chester|
|Arvelo, Jenny||Jenny's Loving Day Care, Inc.||Yonkers|
|Bayer-Persico, Angela||Little Angel's Child Development LLC
|Belin, Dana||Kidz on the Go Family Daycare, Inc.||Peekskill|
|Betwarda, Sara||Jan's Kidz 'N' Motion Site III||Rye Brook|
|Brown, Cheryl||Lullaby Day Care
|Brown, Katrina||Under My Wings FCC, Inc.
Uncer My Wings Day Care, Inc.
|Brown, Tasha||Tasha's Tots||New Rochelle|
|Brown-Pressley, Longreece||Magical Playschool Family Daycare, Inc.||New Rochelle|
|Buitron, Gladys||Rainbow Family Day Care||White Plains|
|Carroscio, Lori||The Little Kingdom||New Rochelle|
|Costo, Benjamin||New Rochelle|
|Endo, RI-Hwa||Julie's Little School
|Fanzo, Maryjane||The Children's Playhouse of Yonkers, Inc
|Fidelio, Caterina||Caterina Fidelio||Yonkers|
|Frias, Lilliam||Lyon Park Group Family Day Care, Inc.||Port Chester|
|Garcia, Lesly||Tiny Blues Family Day Care||Yonkers|
|Glade, Maria||Little Dreamers Daycare||Yonkers|
|Harper, Adrienne||Jump For Joy Day Care Center, Inc.||Peekskill|
|Hasell, Cheryl||Kid's Station||Yonkers|
|Hidalgo, Margarita||Sweet Bee Day Care||Sleepy Hollow|
|Hinson, Cynthia||Teaching Little Ones Christ||White Plains|
|Irby, Lisa||Can We Talk Preschool Youth Lounge||Yonkers|
|Jamanez, Jan||Jan's Kidz Childcare Site II, Inc.||Yonkers|
|Kim, Haesung||Hossanna Daycare||Ardsley|
|Knowles, Elizabeth||Little House Group Inc.
|Laazar, Barbara||Pooh & Friends, Inc.
|La Dore, Arlene||La Dore's Day Care||Harrison|
|Lewis, Shari||Nana's Place Family Childcare||Yonkers|
|Maurer, Abbie||Abbie Maurer||Yorktown Heights|
|McDonald, Gloria||The Worthington Nursery School||White Plains|
|Mendoza, Martha||Martha Mendoza||New Rochelle|
|Minier, Carmen||Nana Carmen Family Group Day Care Corp.||Yonkers|
|Molina, Wanessa||Happy Angel's Day Care Center||Port Chester|
|Morales, Santos Emely||Little Sweethearts Daycare Inc.||Mamaroneck|
|Moreno, Juan||Hope Child Group Inc.||Rye Brook|
|Morgado, Miriam||Amor Y Paz Family Group Child Care, Inc.||New Rochelle|
|Morgan, Carla||ABC Nursery & Learning Center||Mount Vernon|
|Nelson-Hamilton, Lorraine||Bright Minds Group Family Day Care||
|Nepal, Bibi||Blooming Roses Day Care||Yonkers|
|Noel, Dorothy||Link By Link Children's Inc.||Mount Vernon|
|Ordonez, Claudia||Sunnyside Daycare Adventures||White Plains|
|Perez, Adalgisa||Endicotts Kids Zone LLC||Elmsford|
|Perez, Yasnia||My Children's Daycare||Yonkers|
|Perez de Rodriguez, Nina||Nina's Child Day Care||Sleepy Hollow|
|Pierce, Tracey||Tracey Pierce Family Daycare, LLC||Mount Vernon|
|Ramirez, Liza||The Children of Somers Daycare||Somers|
|Reda, Dominique||3 Dom's Inc.||New Rochelle|
|Rodriguez, Jessica||The Caring Tree L.L.C.||Mount Vernon|
|Rojo, Ana||Little Angelicals Daycare, Inc.||Mamaroneck|
|Rosado, Kathleen||Tina's House Daycare, LLC||Rye|
|Rosario, Wilma||The Children Circle||Hartsdale|
|Rothenberg, Diana||The Children's Playhouse of Yonkers, Inc.
|Salyer, Ana Maria||Blessed Children Family Day Care||Bronx|
|Scamarone, Grace||Kelly's Kids Family Childcare LLC||Ossining|
|Smith, Deborah||Little Mirakle Makers||Peekskill|
|Soto, Michelle||Early Einstein, Inc.
|Trujillo, Soraya||Our House Child Care||Hartsdale|
|Unrath, Amy||Milo's Play School||Amawalk|
|Velasquez, Esperanza||Hope Child Group Inc.||Rye Brook|
|Walker, Adele||Nana's Place Child Care, Inc.||Peekskill|
|White, Lisa||Tom Thumb Preschool
|Wignal, Murlene||Wiggles and Giggles Day Care
|Woo, Rosalie||Kids Are People, Inc.
|Wyllie, Karina||Koala Park 1
|Wyllie, Karina||Koala Park 2
|Young, Yvonne||Mount Vernon|
|Youngs, Carmen||Little Rascals Daycare, Corp.||New Rochelle|
|Family Child Care Members|
|Amini, Seyedeh||Seyedeh Amini||Dobbs Ferry|
|Arvelo, Gladys||Mi Casa Child Day Care||Yonkers|
|Cabrera, Graciela||Precious Little Heaven Daycare||Yonkers|
|Camacho, Consuelo||My Sister's Daycare Inc.||White Plains|
|Campbell, Kemmah||In Kemmah's Care||Mount Vernon|
|Chatman, Abena||God's Little Giants Day Care||Mount Vernon|
|Clovis, Dionysia||Mount Vernon|
|Cruz, Dorfier||J & B Day Care||Peekskill|
|Defino, Anne||Anne Defino||Briarcliff|
|Eddings, Robin||Mount Vernon|
|Gauza, Alina||Alina's Day Care||Yonkers|
|Hidalgo, Esperanza||Esperanza Hidalgo||Tarrytown|
|Hunt, Angela||White Plains|
|Jefferson, Lisa||Sunshine Family Daycare||White Plains|
|Keith, Jessie||JSK Loving Arms||Mount Vernon|
|Luna, Tracy||Little Schoolhouse Family Daycare
|Martino, Angelo||TLC Daycare of Yonkers||Yonkers|
|Matos, Susan||Imagination Family Daycare||Tarrytown|
|Mejia, Teresa||Colorful Hands Daycare, Inc.||Tarrytown|
|Mercado, Deyaniris||My Little Sunshine||White Plains|
|Minier, Valeris||Happy Garden Child Care, Inc.||Yonkers|
|Moodie, Sharon||Landscape Happy Kids INC||Yonkers|
|Perez, Joyce||Joyali's Daycare||Elmsford|
|Powell, Barbara||Effective Child Care Services, Inc.||Elmsford|
|Richards, Vilma||White Plains|
|Rodriguez, Ana||Little Explorers Daycare||Yonkers|
|Serbeh, Linda||Blessings Family Daycare||Yonkers|
|Sutherland, Andrea||Little Friends Daycare||Mount Vernon|
|Thatcher, Glenda||New Rochelle|
|Thomas, Janiece||Janiece's Daycare||Mount Vernon|
|Thompson, Karen||The Sunrise to Sunset Daycare||Mount Vernon|
|Nursery School Members|
|Discovering Me Daycare Center, Inc.
|Hastings Nursery School "The Co-Op"
|Hastings on Hudson|
|Mamaroneck Community Nursery School
|Temple Beth Shalom Nursery School
|Hastings on Hudson|
|Temple Israel Nursery School
|School Age Members|
|Add Water & Stir, Inc.||Ossining|
|Berlow's Taekwondo Academy Inc.||Briarcliff Manor|
|Chappaqua Children’s Workshop, Inc.
|City of White Plains Youth Bureau
|Enrichment Center of Yorktown, Inc||Yorktown|
|Irvington Children's Center Inc, The
|Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial, Inc.
|Kids First Enrichment Program, Inc.
|Kids S.P.A.C.E. of Rye, Inc.
|Lakeland Children's Center, Inc.
|North Yonkers Preservation & Development Corp.||Yonkers|
|YMCA of Rye, Inc.
|Emmanuel Children's Mission
|Kaleidoscope Child Care Center, LLC
Westchester School, The
Professional child care providers in Westchester County are encouraged to join the Child Care Council to take advantage of discounts, resources, marketing and learning opportunities, and to support our critical mission to promote quality early care and education.
2018 Membership Benefits include:
- Discounted registration fees for trainings
- Listing and link on Council website
- Unlimited free postings on the Council's job bank
- Membership certificate for your site
- Printed Council Training Calendar
- Discount on Lakeshore orders
- Early announcements of special programs and opportunities
- Free Notary Public services
- Complimentary Council 2018 Calendar
- Participation in our membership referral program
- Invitation to attend free member-only networking meetings
- Invitation to attend exclusive member only annual events
Your membership dollars also support the Council's activities to protect Westchester's early care and learning system for children, parents and the early care and education community, through activities such as:
- Advocacy with Westchester's elected officials for more child care funding
- Public education to raise the public's appreciation for the benefits of a strong early learning and after school community
- Representation in Albany and Washington to secure state and federal funding
- Reports and resources on Westchester's regulated child care community
The last few years have been difficult as Westchester County has increased what parents have to pay for child care and restricted eligibility. We believe that the cuts might have been even worse without our continued advocacy. With your help, we continue to fight.
In addition to our specific services to parents, child care professionals and employers, the Child Care Council serves as an advocate for those groups and the community at large. Our goal is for elected officials and leaders at every level to understand that quality early care and education is an essential investment not only in children and their families, but in our collective future – and to translate that understanding into action, and legislation that increases access.
The Council's current Public Policy Agenda was created by the Public Policy Committee of the Board, drawing on the Council's data reports, the results of the Parent Child Care Survey, and input from the field. Our Public Policy Agenda is revised annually, to reflect the most current needs, issues and trends. See the 2018 Public Policy Agenda.
Learn more about our advocacy work:
Child Care is a Business Issue
Child care impacts the business community in a variety of ways.
On a daily basis, we see the impact in terms of productivity and employee satisfaction. Studies show that nationally, 45% of parents miss at least 2 days of work a year due to child care breakdowns, and 65% of parents' work schedules are affected by child care challenges. The annual cost to employers nationwide of unstable child care is estimated to be $3 billion!
Employers who invest in child care support for their employees, including resource and referral information, are better able to attract and retain employees, and benefit from reduced turnover and absenteeism, increased productivity, and a boost in public image and positive public relations. There are also a variety of tax benefits employers can claim related to child care services for employees.
When employers provide resources to their employees to help them learn about and find better care, everyone benefits.
In terms of the long-term and the big picture, high quality early child care and education for Westchester's children translates into a more ready workforce – a fundamental aspect of business growth, and of our county's ability to retain and attract businesses.
The Council is here for your employees who need:
- Assistance finding quality, reliable child care
- Help solving child care issues or challenges
- Access to financial resources to assist them with paying for child care
Working parents can review the information available on this site, contact us directly via phone or email, or we can speak to a group of employees at your location.
Arrangements can be made for specialized services, including:
- Lunchtime seminars for working parent employees, on topics like:
- Defining and finding quality child care in Westchester
- Child brain development and growth
- Parenting issues, including discipline, and sleep and toilet training
- Personalized child care searches, including:
- Research openings for child(ren) in specific child care programs
- Obtain copies of complaint history of child care programs parents are interested in
- Working Parent Surveys to help you discover what your employees' needs and challenges are related to child care
Call us today, at (914) 761-3456 x139, to find out how we can help your employees "get back to work."
To see what business leaders are saying about the importance of quality child care, view materials from The Committee for Economic Development:
WORKFORCE OF TODAY, WORKFORCE OF TOMORROW: The Business Case for High-Quality Childcare
Unfinished Business: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America’s Future
Child Care in State Economies: Key Findings – New York
Talking Points: The Business Case for Investing in High Quality Child Care – New York
All child care and after school providers should be approved by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to administer medication.* In order to do so, you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have and maintain current first aid and CPR certificates that cover the ages of the children in your care
- Have an Office of Children and Family Services-approved Health Care Plan with a policy for the administration of medication, and have a Health Care Consultant of record who reviews and approves the Plan. Learn more about the Council’s Health Care Consultant services and get help with your plan.
- Be listed in your program’s approved Health Care Plan as a medication administrant, and have your Health Care Consultant review and sign your plan, to approve you as an administrant
- Have the signed Health Care Plan approved by your program’s licensor or registrant
- Work in a program where the oriented license or registration states the program is approved to administer medication
- Successfully complete the Office of Children and Family Services approved Medication Administration Training (MAT) Course offered through the Council
In 2016, the course is offered at the following dates and times:
|Saturday, June 2, 2018||9am-6pm||80602|
|Thursday, June 14, 2018||9am-6pm||80610|
|Saturday, July 21, 2018||9am-6pm||80721|
|Saturday, August 25, 2018||9am-6pm||80825|
To read the registration and cancellation policy, and to register, you can:
* with the exception of over-the-counter topical ointments, sunscreen and topically applied insect repellant.
We want you to succeed in providing high quality child care, and in running your business. When you’ve got questions, we’re here to answer them and assist in any way we can. Reach out to us for help with best practices for providing child care, regulations, child behavior, curriculum, quality indicators, business administration practices, marketing, family engagement, children’s health, and more.
The Registration Department assists with the successful completion of the initial or renewal Family Day Care or School Age Child Care application for registration, and helps family child care providers and school age programs who are already registered with the Office of Children and Family Services improve regulatory compliance and promote quality regulated child care.
The Legally Exempt Department provides assistance to providers and parents receiving or applying for a child care subsidy, and to providers who want to complete the legally exempt enrollment application or need help setting up a program, operating a registered/licensed facility, maintaining business records, enhancing children’s activities, and joining the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Department helps Family Day Care and Group Family Day Care providers successfully plan nutritious meals and snacks, complete menus and attendance sheets, and remain in compliance with all aspects of CACFP.
The Health Services Department helps providers develop health care plans and medication procedures, and reviews and approves documents related to the program’s medication administration policy. See Health Services and Information.
When you are seeking comprehensive quality improvement that goes beyond the basics, we encourage you to take advantage of the in-depth, Intensive Technical Assistance available from the Council’s Professional Development Department.
These goal-oriented services will help you provide infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children with higher-quality care, through onsite observation and one-on-one support from a member of our trained and knowledgeable staff.
We work directly with child care center teachers and directors, and home providers and their staff, on every aspect of caring for children and running a child care or after school business. We will:
- Help you decide how you would like to strengthen or enhance your program
- Assist in planning and arranging environments, implementing a curriculum, introducing new activities, managing children’s behaviors, and more
- Inform you of best practices for the care and teaching of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children
- Coach and mentor you and your staff
For child care and after school providers who want assistance to create a useful, easy-to-follow Health Care Plan, and want to become approved by New York State Office of Children and Family Services to administer medication, the Child Care Council offers the services of a Health Care Consultant.
The Health Care Consultant Service includes at least one site visit, with follow-up consultation, and all of the following:
- Assistance in developing policies and procedures related to health and infection control regulations, including:
- Child health policies and procedures
- Staff health policies and procedures
- Staff training
- Daily health checks
- Infection control policies and procedures
- Emergency policies and procedures
- Caring for mildly-ill children
- Caring for children with special health care needs, like asthma, allergies requiring medications, seizure disorders, diabetes, etc.
- Medication administration policies and procedures, including required permission, instructions, safe administration, documentation, storage disposal, etc.
- Resource material that will help you comply with your policies and procedures
- Updates regarding any changes that may impact your Plan, including regulations, forms, immunization schedules, etc.
- Updates to your plan as needed, like adding or removing authorized staff to administer medication. Copies of your updated Plan will be provided to your licensor/registrar for final approval.
- Ongoing technical assistance as needed
The fees for Health Care Consultant Services are as follows:
|Price for Council Members||Price for Non-Members|
|Family Child Care Provider||$100||Family Child Care Provider||$125|
|Group Family Child Care Provider||$130||Group Family Child Care Provider||$165|
|Child Care Center||$220||Child Care Center||$270|
|School Age Program||$220||School Age Program||$270|
$25 discount for each additional site
For an additional $25, you will receive a well-organized binder that contains your Health Care Plan, featuring tabs that separate each topic area and include specific policies, procedures and resource and reference material, as well as a certificate for two hours of training which covers four different topic areas.
To get started with the Health Care Consultant, print and fill out the two following forms, and return to Elissa Guzzardi.
By fax: (914) 886-0281
By mail: 313 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583
When it comes to children, health and safety come first. Since most children in the United States under the age of six spend significant time in child care settings outside the home, child care providers play a very important role in their health.
To help you keep the children in your care healthy and respond to illnesses and emergencies that will inevitably present themselves, the Child Care Council offers the services of a professional Health Care Consultant.
What you need to know:
All child care and after school providers/programs are required to have a Health Care Plan. Our Health Care Consultant, Elissa Guzzardi, can walk you through the process of creating a useful, comprehensive plan with clear policies and procedures. We’ll make sure you’ve got everything you need to meet best practice standards, keep children healthy, stay up-to-date on the latest health news and developments, and demonstrate to parents that their children’s health and safety is your priority. Learn more about how Elissa can help you.
Beyond having a Health Care Plan, we recommend that all providers become approved through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to administer medication to children in a child care setting. To do so, you will need to compete a Medication Administration Training Course, among other things. Learn more about how to become approved.
The quality of care that children receive between birth and age 5 sets the stage for the rest of their lives. With that in mind, we want to help Westchester's child care professionals provide the very best care possible, and we do that in a variety of ways:
Technical Assistance and Quality Improvement Support
The Child Care Council provides a range of technical assistance services to current or prospective child care providers to help with a wide variety of topics. Learn more about Technical Assistance and Quality Improvement Support.
Beyond the basic regulations established by the New York State Office for Children and Family Services, accreditation by a national organization requires child care providers to meet a higher level of standards. The Child Care Council encourages all programs to pursue accreditation as one method of improving care.
The following organizations offer accreditation based on national quality standards:
A Degree in Early Childhood Education
Several colleges and universities in our area offer degrees in Early Childhood Education:
Directors Network Meetings
Share best practices with other Westchester child care program directors.
Westchester Early Childhood Directors Association Meetings:
School Age Directors Network (SADN):
The Network meets every third Tuesday of the month from 10:00 am -12 pm at the Child Care Council in Scarsdale. Call Hope O'Conell at (917) 617-0903 or Joanna Saporta at (914)238-3295 for details.
Attending a conference can be a great opportunity to learn from and network with peers from across the county, state or country.
New York State Conferences:
SCARSDALE, NY (March 2, 2015) –The Child Care Council of Westchester and the Westchester Children’s Association hosted a “town hall” at the YMCA in White Plains on February 28th, where young people lead a Q&A with County Legislators Benjamin Boykin, Catherine Borgia, Michael Smith and Alfreda Williams. Also present were Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, and Regent Harry Phillips, along with an audience of approximately 100 educators, child care professionals, community and non-profit leaders, and parents.