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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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Published in Staff
Tuesday, March 03, 2015


The Child Care Council of Westchester’s Board of Directors are dedicated Westchester professionals who understand the vital importance of quality early care and education, and volunteer their time and resources to support our mission.

cccw board of directors 2015


  • PRESIDENT: Craig Ruoff
    Senior Director
    Cushman & Wakefield
  • VICE PRESIDENT: Korey Kross
    Managing Director
    Clarfeld Financial Advisors
  • TREASURER: Nicholas R. Pirrotta
    CFP, Financial Advisor
    Clarfeld Financial Advisors
  • SECRETARY: Joan Mockler
    Director of Communications and Racial Justice
    YWCA, Greenwich


  • Helaine S. Brick-Cabot
    Brick-Cabot Law
  • Joyce Cadesca, Associate Vice President
    Morgan Stanley
  • L. Danielle Cylich, Senior Executive
    Epstein Becker Green
  • Sue D'Emic, Senior Vice President and Controller
    Time, Inc.
  • Bryan T. Fryer, CPA, Senior Manager
    Maier Markey & Justice, LLP
  • Wayne Gosnell, Partner
    Clayman & Rosenberg LLP
  • Felice Harris, Executive Director
    TGCW Children's Annex
  • Rob Kissner, Founder, President and CEO
    The Digital Arts Experience
  • Camille Failla Murphy, LCSW, ACSW, Founder & Director
    Women’s Research and Education Fund
  • Eric Pasinkoff, Attorney
    Law Offices of Eric Michael Pasinkoff, Esq. 
  • Rori Sagal, AVP/Westchester Relationship Manager
    Greater Hudson Bank
  • Jeff Samuelson, Retired Senior Business Executive
  • Byron Smalls, Youth Care Specialist
    White Plains Youth Bureau
  • Laura Stout Sosinsky, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist/Consultant
    Child Trends, Inc.
  • Melissa M. Thornton, CEO
    LSW Chauffeured Transportation Service
  • Steve Wysmuller, Weather Analytics Consultant, WW Advanced Analytics CoC Team
    IBM Corporation


Published in Board
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

About Us

The Child Care Council of Westchester is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that champions the healthy development of children, families and our community by promoting quality early care and education.

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Serving as a one-stop shop for child care resources, referrals and information for parents and employers
  • Helping child care providers implement quality improvement strategies, give the best possible care, grow their businesses, and meet their legal obligations
  • Actively advocating for policies and resources that improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of care

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The Child Care Council of Westchester is part of a state and national network of child care resource and referral agencies. The Early Care and Learning Council is our state coordinating body and Child Care Aware of America represents the field nationally. The Council holds a Quality Assurance Credential from Child Care Aware.

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Published in About
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Careers in Child Care

As part of our efforts to make high quality early care and education available to every child in Westchester, we’re pleased to help connect child care providers and job seekers. Follow the links below to submit or search for information.

For Child Care Providers

Candidate Profiles

Post Job Listing

Early care and education and school age programs in Westchester may post job openings and review candidates looking for work in the child care industry.

For Job Seekers

Job Openings

Submit Candidate Profiles

Individuals who are looking for work in child care programs can fill out a brief candidate profile and review current job openings. Programs interested in your profile will contact you directly requesting your resume.

New job postings and candidate profiles will be posted to the website each Friday and remain for a month.

Privacy Policy

Personal information collected by the Child Care Council of Westchester is not shared with outside parties. By submitting a form, you agree to have the Council post all required information on our website.

Published in Careers In Child Care
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Member Directory

The Council would like to acknowledge the programs, providers and individuals listed below for supporting the Council by becoming members in 2018.

Center Members
Alcott School, The
All Aboard, Inc.
All Aboard on the Hudson
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Anna & Jacks Treehouse New Rochelle

Bedford Discovery Early Childhood Center

Bedford Hills

Beginning Years @ Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester

Bronxville Montessori School
Can We Talk, Inc. Yonkers
Center for Montessori Education, NY, Inc.
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White Plains


Croton On Hudson
Children of America Mohegan Lake, LLC
Mohegan Lake
Children's Center at Purchase College, Inc., The
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Cluster, Inc.

Collin Allen Child Development Center Mount Vernon
Country Children's Center
Creative Beginnings Children's Center, The
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Days of Wonder Child Care Program
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Dobbs Ferry
Early Learning Center at Fieldhome, The
Cortlandt Manor
Easter Seals NY
Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center
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Family Services of Westchester
White Plains
Friendship For Tots Inc.
Mount Vernon
Goddard School, The
Hastings on Hudson
Goddard School, The
Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center
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Greenville Church Nursery School
Happy Corner Day Care Center, Inc. Port Chester
Happy Tots Child Care, Inc.
Cortlandt Manor
Jewish Community Center of Harrison
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John A. Coleman School
White Plains
Kids Allowed Corp.
Kids First Enrichment Program, Inc.
Mount Vernon
Lil' Sprouts Early Learning Center
Lincoln Family Institute Eastchester
Little Angels Child Care Center Rye
Little Disciple Learning Center Inc., The
White Plains
Little Sparrows Nursery School
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Lois Bronz Children's Center White Plains
Mazel Tot
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Montrose Child Care Center
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Mount Kisco Child Care Center Inc.
Mount Kisco
New Rochelle Day Nursery, Inc., The
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New Rochelle
Oak Lane Child Care Center of Pleasantville, Inc.
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Purchase Children's Center, Inc.
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Queen's Daughters Day Care Center, Inc.
Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rye Brook
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
Multiple Locations
Woodlot Christian Preschool, LLC
YWCA Child Care Center
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White Plains


Individual Members
Abbas, Shaheen   Yonkers
Baker, Bobbi   White Plains
Barnes, Janice Kids B.A.S.E. & The Little School
Barry, Madeline The Seed Day Care
Yorktown Heights
Blank, Nan Kol Ami White Plains
Bosques, Lillian   Bronx
Correa, Vera Bright Beginnings Preschool Yorktown
Gonzalez, Evangelina   Yonkers
Francis, Sabrina The Living Arts Village Yonkers
Howard, Kathryn Family Services of Westchester Tarrytown
Khamlue, Padsawan   Tuckahoe
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
Simpson, Kelli   Buffalo
Silverio, Stephanie   Yonkers
Sink, Paulette The Seed Day Care
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Yorktown Heights
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
Winston, Kowsilla   Bronx
Zuckerman, Harvey Amani Public Charter School Mount Vernon


Group Family Day Care Members
Alejandro, Yohanny Stars of Wonder Care Corp. Sleepy Hollow
Bayer-Persico, Angela Little Angel's Child Development LLC
Belin, Dana Kidz on the Go Family Daycare, Inc. Peekskill
Brown, Cheryl Lullaby Day Care
White Plains
Brown, Tasha Tasha's Tots New Rochelle
Brown-Pressley, Longreece Magical Playschool Family Daycare, Inc. New Rochelle
Carroscio, Lori The Little Kingdom New Rochelle
Castro, Melanie   Carmel
Endo, RI-Hwa Julie's Little School
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Cortlandt Manor
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
Harper, Adrienne Jump For Joy Day Care Center, Inc. Peekskill
Hasell, Cheryl Kid's Station Yonkers
Hidalgo, Margarita Sweet Bee Day Care Sleepy Hollow
Hill, Chiffone   Yonkers
Hinson, Cynthia Teaching Little Ones Christ White Plains
Irby, Lisa Can We Talk Preschool Youth Lounge 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
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

Mount Vernon

Nepal, Bibi Blooming Roses Day Care Yonkers
Perez, Adalgisa Endicotts Kids Zone LLC Elmsford
Perez de Rodriguez, Nina Nina's Child Day Care Sleepy Hollow
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.
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Sanchez, Heidi   Yonkers
Scamarone, Grace Kelly's Kids Family Childcare LLC Ossining
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
Wignal, Murlene Wiggles and Giggles Day Care
Mount Vernon
Woo, Rosalie Kids Are People, Inc.
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Wyllie, Karina Koala Park 1
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Wyllie, Karina Koala Park 2
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Youngs, Carmen Little Rascals Daycare, Corp. New Rochelle
Zarzuela, Fior   Yonkers


Family Child Care Members
Alvarez, Xiomara   Yonkers
Amini, Seyedeh Seyedeh Amini Dobbs Ferry
Arvelo, Gladys Mi Casa Child Day Care Yonkers
Bond, Sandra   Peekskill
Blount, Dinita   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
Gonzales, Maria   Elmsford
Hidalgo, Esperanza Esperanza Hidalgo Tarrytown
Hunt, Angela   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
Play Care


School Age Members
Add Water & Stir, Inc. Ossining
Berlow's Taekwondo Academy Inc. Briarcliff Manor
Chappaqua Children’s Workshop, Inc.
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City of White Plains Youth Bureau
White Plains
Enrichment Center of Yorktown, Inc Yorktown
Irvington Children's Center Inc, The
Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial, Inc.
Kids S.P.A.C.E. of Rye, Inc.
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Lakeland Children's Center, Inc.
Shrub Oak
North Yonkers Preservation & Development Corp.  Yonkers
YMCA of Rye, Inc.


Organizational Members
Emmanuel Children's Mission
Mount Vernon
Kaleidoscope Child Care Center, LLC
Mount Kisco

Westchester School, The

Published in Directory
Tuesday, March 03, 2015


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.

Join Now

Published in Members
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Get Involved

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. pdfSee the 2018 Public Policy Agenda.

Learn more about our advocacy work:

Published in Get Involved
Tuesday, March 03, 2015


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:

pdfWORKFORCE OF TODAY, WORKFORCE OF TOMORROW: The Business Case for High-Quality Childcare
pdfUnfinished Business: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America’s Future
pdfChild Care in State Economies: Key Findings – New York
pdfTalking Points: The Business Case for Investing in High Quality Child Care – New York

Published in Employers

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, January 6, 2018 9:00am – 6pm 80106
Saturday, February 24, 2018 9:00am – 6pm


Saturday, March 3, 2018 9:00am – 6pm 80303
Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00am – 6pm


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 6pm 80505

Special TWO PART Weekday Opportunity - Must Attend Both Sessions

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


9:00am-1pm 80403

To read the registration and cancellation policy, and to register, you can:

pdfDownload the Medication Administration Training registration form

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Questions? Contact Elissa Guzzardi, Director, Health Care Consultant Services, at (914) 761-3456x 154 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* 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.

For Registration, Legally Exempt or CACFP, contact Dorothy Jenkins at (914) 761-3456 x123 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For Health Services, contact Elissa Guzzardi at (914) 761-3456x 154 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Not sure who you need to speak to? Contact Idie Benjamin at (914) 761-3456 x108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Ready to get started? Contact Idie Benjamin at (914) 761-3456 x108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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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