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
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