Child care is certainly in the news in 2018. The Council’s new “Advocacy on the Go” campaign, with support from the Westchester Community Foundation, helped to secure $1.6 million of new funding for child care in the Westchester County budget. A new statewide coalition, the Empire State Campaign for Child Care, formed after last year’s child care cut in the NYS budget, promised both new allies and strategies in the fight for the 18-19 NYS budget. Although the Trump administration “fat budget” contained cuts to child care, a budget bill passed by Congress and signed by the president in early February includes an unprecedented boost to child care.
Clearly 2018 is going to be an interesting year.
Although the Council’s advocacy efforts, especially on the county level, have been successful, we have always wanted to get more parents involved. So we launched “Advocacy on the Go” on the principle that if we could bring advocacy opportunities directly to parents, they would participate. Our first “Calls for Kids” campaign brought Council staff and board members to 20 programs around the county in November, following the release of the proposed 2018 County budget. Many parents made calls of support on the spot at their child care programs, while others called from the convenience of their own homes. Council staff and board members attended and testified at the county budget hearings as well. In the end, the Budget Committee approved a $1.6 million child care add, which was part of the final budget adopted for 2018. Over a million of this increase is funding a rate increase for programs that contract with DSS – a welcome victory!
Because of the new County Executive’s interest in child care, the Council convened a special meeting for him with child care and after school leaders, along with members of the Council Board, staff and Business Advisory Council, on February 28th at the YWCA White Plains. Following a tour of the Y’s early childhood center, County Executive Latimer listened intently to the challenges and ideas offered by the audience and repeatedly expressed his desire to assist, along with members of his team. The audience left hopeful and energized. The Council will be developing a strategy to address the concerns and explore the recommendations that came from the discussion.
New York State
Governor Cuomo has proposed restoring the $7 million cut this year from child care – just $93 million shy of the $100 million “ask” by advocates, including the Child Care Council of Westchester.
Last year’s child care cut did trigger vigorous activity by the Women’s Legislative Caucus, which identified child care as a top priority. A new statewide coalition also formed, the Empire State Campaign for Child Care, with new and welcome partners. The Council has been very involved in this effort, as well as the related advocacy of Winning Beginning NY and our own state network of child care resource and referral agencies, coordinated by the Early Care and Learning Council.
New and sizeable child care investments are needed by New York State, in order to open up access and improve quality. We urge everyone to join the Empire State Campaign, simply click here: https://www.empirestatechildcare.org/
Child care subsidy got a huge boost in the budget bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in early February. It would deliver an additional $2.9 billion for child care for each of the next two years, actually doubling discretionary funding for child care. This add would fully fund the 2014 child care reauthorization which would improve the safety and quality of child care and increase access to this support. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) estimates that after funding the reauthorization costs, the funding would allow another 230,000 children across the nation to receive a child care subsidy. New York could receive almost $129 million more for child care over two years. Of course, this funding has to be part of a yet to be created appropriations bill. And this increase does not match up with the president’s proposed budget. So advocacy will be essential to convert this budget bill into real dollars coming to our state and others.
With child care costs burdening families all over the nation, this significant lift at the federal level is essential. Child Care Aware of America’s latest report, Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2017 documents that child care expense often exceeds housing costs. New York shows up in several undesirable “top ten” lists, weighing in as the sixth least affordable state for center-based child care for infants, and #1 for center-based care for four year olds. To see how the whole country is doing, and where New York stacks up, read the full report below:
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.
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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.
There are many wonderful resources available for families and child care providers in the Westchester Community.
- Westchester County Website
Offices, programs, services and calendars of events offered by Westchester County government.
- 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.
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.
- The New York State myBenefits site
Connects families to public benefit programs that can improve families' overall economic situation and free resources that can be used for child care. The link has a pre-screening tool to see what health and human services programs families may be eligible for.
- Westchester Library System
Provides information about the county's public libraries. Site also offers online book catalogs, research links, homework help and library news.
- Early Intervention Program
Services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
- Family Ties
Provides support and services to families of children with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.
- Need Food?
Food Bank for Westchester provides a list of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other resources for food for hungry people.
- 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.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
A comprehensive website that includes health tips, articles on current research, advocacy information, activities and much more.
- NYS Parent Guide
A parent's guide to building a nurtuting, healthy relationship with your child.
Free text messaging services for pregnant women and new moms. Sent three times a week, texts include information on having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
- A Driver's Manual for NEW Dads
A parent's guide for dads.
- Daily Vroom Phone App
An app that helps busy parents make the most of the time they have. Turn fun, everyday moments into brain building moments. Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it's mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nuture our children's growth.
- 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
- Child Care Aware
Helps parents find information on locating child care in their community.
- Children at Risk
Consequences for School Readiness and Beyond
- 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.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
Provides lists of the latest product recalls.
- 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.
- Families and Work Institute
Information on work-life issues and concerns confronting workers and employers.
- 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.
- Lead Awareness Program
Information on how to protect your child from lead poisoning.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Zero to Three
Zero to Three is a national organization that provides child development information for parents and professional regarding infants and toddlers.
- 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.
- Child 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 SUNY Videoconferencing training sessions to family and group family providers at their Valhalla office, 26 Legion Drive, Valhalla, NY.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- School Age Notes
School Age Notes supplies a wide range of proven and practical tools and publishes a monthly newsletter for school age professionals.
- 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)
Whatever your needs related to child care in Westchester County, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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Scarsdale, New York 10583
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The #20 bus travels north and south along Central Park Avenue.
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.
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.
Contributors to the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.
We are immensley greatful for the support of each of our donors.
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Assured SKCG, Inc.
Banker & Banker Realty, Inc.
Bettina Equities Company, LLC
Boston Portfolio Advisers, LLC
Bronxville Montessori School
Celestial Capital Group, LLC
Country Children’s Center
Cubism Group, Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield
Dennis Noskin Architects
Dynamic Training, Inc.
Kass and Jaffe
Maier Markey & Justic LLP
North Street Community, LLC
Once Upon a Child - Scarsdale
Ossining Children’s Center, Inc.
PKF O’Connor Davies
Queen’s Daughters Day
Care Center, Inc.
Sisters of St. John the Baptist
Day Care Center
St. John Fisher College
The David J. Yvars Group, Inc.
The Digital Arts Experience
The Irvington Children’s
The Rivertown Pre-school
United Corporate Services, Inc.
White Plains Youth Bureau
World Cup Schools
Clarfeld Financial Advisors
Discount School Supply
Greater Hudson Bank
Healthcare Trust of
Ivy Realty Services LLC
Kaplan Early Learning
Keystone Property Group
Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
Reckson, a division of
SL Green Realty Corp
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Women’s Research and
Patricia Amanna, Ed.D.
Bobbi L. Baker
Kerry Flynn Barrett
Linda H. Bresler
Hon. David Buchwald
Richard & Martha Burns
Dr. Greg Chartier
Robert A. Clarfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Doug Coape-Arnold
Mary Jo Collabolletta
Connie & John Curran
Kirk & Sonia Daley
Margot T. Elkin
Dr. Mistie Eltrich
Lydia Evans MD
Salli & Bruce Figler
Kenneth H. Fuirst
Heather & Jon Garofalo
Gerald & Leslie Geist
Lisa & Michael Goldman
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Griffin
Thomas Guzzardi & Elissa
Lottie & Conrad Harris
James Isenberg & Gail
Anne M. Janiak
Delores Ji Ji
Rhonda S. Kershner &
David L. Kershner
Terry L. Kirchner, PhD
Ewa S. Knapik
Paul & Jennifer Kooney
Maris & Jesse Krasnow
Grace & Michael Lamont
James & Mary Larkin
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Lawless
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lawless
Neil Lowenbraun & Liz Gordon
Terrence J. McAllister
Kevin M. McGuire
Cecilia & Joe McKenney
Dr. Josephine Moffett
Camille Murphy &
Joseph P. Murphy
Elizabeth S. Pforzheimer
Harry & Marjorie Phillips
David A.H. Rapaport
Craig S. Ruoff
L. Jeffrey Samuelson &
Wendy H. Samuelson
Mary Lou Sgro
Jill & Gary Spieler
Irene Stahl & Howard Stahl
Mr. & Mrs. John Sterbenz
Kathleen & Robert Steves
Evelyn M. Stock
Stephen T. Swayne
Robert P. Weisz
Frank Williams, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Jordan Wine
Andrew & Ellen Wysmuller
Mr. & Mrs. David Yaspan
Michael & Lorraine Zupon
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.
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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
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.
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: