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.