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
We know that quality child care is far from your only challenge or responsibility. The Child Care Council is here to help connect Westchester parents with whatever education, support and resources you need.
Parent Trainings, Workshops and Support Groups
Learn about a wide range of topics related to raising children through free or low-cost training, and benefit from support sessions offered in your area.
Parent Connections Newsletter
Several times a year the Child Care Council publishes an e-newsletter for parents, containing news, advice and upcoming events.
The Council collaborates with a wide variety of local organizations that offer education and support services for parents and families.
The Child Care Council of Westchester and United Way of Westchester and Putnam promote Born Learning, a public engagement campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers create early, fun learning opportunities for young children to ensure school readiness and continued success throughout their lives.
Health and Safety
When it comes to keeping your child well, there’s a lot to keep up with. So, we’ve assembled a few basics here.
From toys to car seats to beds, numerous items made for children are recalled each month for safety reasons. Check this link regularly:
Knowing basic CPR and First Aid can be a lifesaver. Find a class near you:
Your "Core Body of Knowledge" begins with training at the Child Care Council of Westchester!
The Council's new Fall Training Calendar offers a variety of trainings for early care and education professionals. We can help you expand your skills, improve the quality of care you provide to children, and meet NYS licensing requirements.
Check out a sneak peek of topic areas in store this fall:
- Core Body of Knowledge: New York State's Core Competencies for Early Childhood Educators (for Directors)
- We Are All in This Together: Professionalism in Early Care & Education
- Building Social-Emotional & Positive Behavioral Skills in Early Childhood Settings
- The 3 “R’s” of Infant Toddler Learning
- Meeting Preschool Learning Standards Through Creative Art Experiences
Click the link below to view the Council's Spring 2015 Newsletter.
Included in this issue:
- Early Opportunity Fund
- Spanish Quality Improvement Program Fosters Collaboration
- Children's Legislative Breakfast Recap
- and more!
The Council’s new Summer Training Calendar offers a variety of trainings for early care and education professionals. We can help you expand your skills, improve the quality of care you provide to children, and meet NYS licensing requirements.
Full-time working parents who live in Westchester with children up to 13 years of age may be eligible for scholarships covering July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
The Child Care Council of Westchester is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of its Joey Awards:
Dawn Meyerski, Mount Kisco Child Care Center
Elizabeth Spano, Oak Lane Child Care Center
Patrice Cuddy, Parent Child Home Program, Westchester Jewish Community Services
Bettina Langsam, Morning Star Day Care
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.